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Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants – Who We Are

Who are we? The 2013-14 cohort of more than 60 Peer Assistants reflects Bates in all its vitality and variety

We play in Jazz Band, Orchestra, and rock bands, sing with Choir, Manic Optimists, Crosstones, Merimanders, and Deansmen, host on WRBC, perform at Pause and the Ronj, and help run the Village Club Series and the Bates Musicians Union. You can find us center stage in theater and dance performances and behind the scenes directing, choreographing, designing lighting and sound, building sets, stage-managing, and running the box office.

Our group includes EcoReps, JAs and RCs, Bonner Leaders, AESOP leaders, Dana Scholars, Volunteer Fellows, Admissions Fellows, TAs, Queer Peer Mentors, Peer Science Leaders, and Math Workshop staff. We serve on college-wide committees, including the Student Conduct Committee, Educational Policy Committee, and Trustees Advisory Committee.

We’re out in the community with Pine Tree Legal and Bates Buddies, and at Lewiston Public Library, Hillview, and the Adult Learning Center. We write for the Student and for Seed, and are members of the Authors Guild and the Arts House. We’re active in Chase Hall Committee, Outing Club, Bates Buddies, BEAM, OutFront, Bridges for Peace, Bates Student Government, Africana Club, Brooks Quimby Debate, Hillel, Cats against Cancer, Robinson Players, Film Board, Safe Voices, Bates Dems, Mosaic, Dharma Society, Photo Club, and the International Club, among many other groups.

We major and minor in virtually every academic discipline and speak fifteen languages besides English. We teach yoga and meditation, competitively ballroom-dance, and represent Bates in varsity tennis, rowing, swimming, cross country, and track and field, as well as club ice hockey, rugby, and ultimate, and a host of IM sports.

You can even find some of us representing the College – and Peer Writing and Speaking – on the small screen:  Power of Community: Picture-Perfect Bates Moments

Bates Writing and Speaking Assistants – 2013-14 

  • Katie Ailes ’14 – FYS 421 Sacred Sound and Religion (Ali Akhtar), ENG 264 Modern Irish Poetry (W2) (Rob Farnsworth), and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Allie Balter ’14 – FYS 284 Burning our Planet (Bev Johnson) and ENVR 205 Environment and Culture (Sonja Pieck)
  • Ethan Brooks-McDonald ’14 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Ali Carley ’14 – FYS 266 Fakers, Forgers, Looters (Rebecca Corrie), AVCM 241 Art of Islam (W2) (Rebecca Corrie), and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Dana Cohen-Kaplan ’16 – FYS 271 – Into the Woods: Rewriting Walden (Lexow)
  • Michael Creedon ’15 - EDUC 255 Adolescent Literacy (W2)(Anita Charles), EDUC 231 Perspectives on Education (Mara Tieken), and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Ben Cuba ’16 – FYS 414 The Sporting Life (Denis Sweet) and ENG 241 Fiction in the U.S. (W2) (Eden Osucha)
  • Kristen Doerer ’14 – FYS 221 Medicine and the Civil War (Glen Lawson) and ACS 100 Intro to American Cultural Studies (Melinda Plastas)
  • Aly Dowey ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Phillip Dube ’16 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Skye Ellement ’15 – FYS 376 Inequality, Community, and Social Change (Emily Kane)
  • Matt Ferren ’14 – FYS 425 The Politics of Memory (Jim Richter) and PLTC 171 International Politics (Jim Richter)
  • Jackson Fleming ’14 – FYS 324 The Celtic World: Archeology and Ethnohistory (Gerry Bigelow)
  • Shoshana Foster ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Sabina Frizell ’14 – FYS 381 Visualizing Identities (Aimee Bessire) and ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology (Danny Danforth)
  • Eliza Gabriel ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Grace Glasson ’14 - FYS 423 Humor in Literature and Visual Media (Jakub Kazecki) and ACAV 288 Visualizing Race (W2) (Erica Rand)
  • Jordana Gluckow ’16 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Jonah Greenawalt ’16 – FYS 401 Reading the Wild in Film and Literature (Misty Beck) and ACS 100 Intro to American Cultural Studies (Melinda Plastas)
  • Grace Hamilton ’15 – The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Kayla Hertz ’14 – FYS 428 The Natural in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Nick Valvo), ENG 241 Fiction in the U.S. (W2) (Eden Osucha), and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Eleanor Hough ’16 – EDUC 231 Perspectives on Education (Mara Tieken) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Nicole Huang ’14 - ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology (Danny Danforth) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Molly Huffaker ’14 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Jessie Jacobson ’16 – FYS 177 Sex and Sexualities (Erica Rand) and ACS 100 Intro to American Cultural Studies (Melinda Plastas)
  • Patt Jeffries ’14 – FYS 393 DiY and Mash-Up Culture (Dale Chapman) and ACHI 244 Native American History (Joe Hall)
  • Gretchen Kaija ’14 – FYS 396 Genealogy and the Art of Inquiry (Hillory Oakes) and ACHI 244 Native American History (Joe Hall)
  • Sohee Ki ’16 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Nick Kinnon ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Izzie Koyama ’16 - ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology (Danny Danforth) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Helen Lober ’15 – FYS 427 Ecopyschology: The Human Nature (Laura Sewall)
  • Josh Manson ’15 – FYS 289 The LIfe of the Buddha and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Laurel Meyer ’16 - ACAV 288 Visualizing Race (W2) (Erica Rand) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Peter Mihalcik ’15 – FRE 251 French Literature II (W2) (Mary Rice-DeFosse)
  • Ali Millard ’14 - FYS 362 Biomedical Ethics (David Cummiskey) and PSYC 261 Research Methods (W2) (Todd Kahan)
  • Hannah Mitchell ’14 – FYS 416 Borders, Boundaries, Belonging (Lauren Vedal) and ENVR 205 Environment and Culture (Sonja Pieck)
  • Joanna Moody ’14 – FYS 274 Physics in the Twentieth Century (Mark Semon)
  • Sam Myers ‘ 16 – FYS 418 Drawing as Thinking (Gary Rattigan)
  • Aung Myint ’14 – FYS 369 Saving Capitalism/Capitalists (George Perkins)
  • Ahn Pan ’16 – FYS 084 Anatomy of a Few Small Machines (Gene Clough)
  • Emma Perkinson ’14 - ACHI 244 Native American History (Joe Hall) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Carly Peruccio ’16 - ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology (Danny Danforth) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Nyle Rioux ’14 - SPAN 217 Literatura en el cine (W2) (Claudia Aburto Guzman) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Emily Roseman ’15 - FYS 300 Exploring Education through Narratives (Patti Buck)
  • Rachel Ryan ’15 – ENVR 204 Environment and Society (Sonja Pieck) and SPAN 217 Literatura en el cine (Claudia Aburto Guzman)
  • Simone Schriger ’14 – FYS 422 Strangers in the House (Georgia Nigro),SPAN 215 Readings in Spanish American Literature (W2) (Claudia Aburto Guzman), and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Quincy Snellings ’15 – ACAV 288 Visualizing Race (W2) (Erica Rand)
  • Sarah Streat ’14 – FYS 420 Reading The Lord of the Rings (Sylvia Federico), CMEN 103 Intro to Classical and Medieval Studies (W1) (Sylvia Federico), CMEN 121 Monsters, Magicians, and Medievalism (W1 )(Sylvia Federico), and ENG 241 Fiction in the U.S. (W2) (Eden Osucha)
  • Fiona Stuart ’14 – FYS 398 Psychology and Film (Kathy Mathis) and EDPY 262 Community-Based Research Methods (W2) (Krista Aronson)
  • Harry Sudock ’15 – FYS 405 Zombies: Can Math Help? (Meredith Greer)
  • Matt Summers ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Emma Timbers ’14 – FYS 277 The Fantastic in Modern Japan (Sarah Strong) and ENG 264 Modern Irish Poetry (W2) (Rob Farnsworth)
  • Erica Van Sciver ’15 – SPAN 215 Readings in Spanish American Literature (W2) (Claudia Aburto Guzman) and SOC 395 Sociology of Health Professions (W2) (Heidi Taylor)
  • Jaqui Veazey ’16 – FYS 395 The Sporting Life (Su Langdon) and EDUC 231 Perspectives on Education (Mara Tieken)
  • Jill Verde ’14 - SOC 395 Research Seminar in Criminal Policy (W2)(Sawyer Sylvester) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Stephanie Wesson ’14 - FYS 407 Violence and Public Order (Jason Scheideman) and The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Anna Whetzle ’15 – FYS 404 On the Road to Spain (David George)
  • Katie Williams ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Sylvie Wong ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Alex Zink ’14 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
  • Abby Zwetchkenbaum ’15 - The Peer Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd
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    *Big hat tip to our counterparts at Dartmouth for the idea of introducing staff in this imaginative way!


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