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Services for Students in the Graduate College

Nancy DeVooght

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Graduate Writing Assistant

Nancy is working towards a master’s degree in Secondary Education in Reading/K-12. Previously, Nancy spent a decade as a social studies teacher at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to that she worked twenty years for Washtenaw County Community Mental Health as mental health worker in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatric Emergency Services.

Nancy currently lives on a 100 acre farm in Manchester with an assortment of animals. Her proudest achievement was the raising of five children, who all graduated from a variety of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. She has four grandchildren that require she travel frequently to Chicago and Washington, D.C. for fun.

Nancy strives to respond to student requests for assistance within 24 hours. However, students desiring review of papers should submit their work to Nancy a minimum of three days prior to the due date. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that when papers are being submitted that the best paper be sent–not a rough draft.

The purpose of the tutor is to advise and make recommendations. It is up to the student to make the changes in the paper. It is recommended that the student let the professor of their particular class know that they are using the tutoring service. Any contact with the tutor should include:

  1. Summary of the assignment;
  2. Identification of the class number and the name of the professor; and
  3. Date that the assignment is due.

The following are some of the helpful internet sites in regards to writing, citations, and academic search engines.

  1. American Psychological Association (APA) official website;
  2. Purdue Owl Writing Lab is extremely helpful with APA citations and grammar;
  3. Google scholar, in addition to the Siena Heights University database, is another academic search engine to use; and
  4. Strunk and White The Elements of Style is a useful resource to review styles of writing. It is a widely available book and can be purchased at most bookstores and at several online retailers. A portion of the book is available here.
  5. For help with Siena Heights University library databases, please contact Public Services Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Science,  Melissa Sissen at msissen@sienaheights.edu.

Please contact Nancy at ndevoogh@sienaheights.edu to send your paper and any other questions you might have about the writing center services.

(Students in the graduate college may also utilize the Adrian campus resources, including feedback via our undergraduate tutors.) If you would like to make an appointment with one of our Adrian undergraduate tutors, please visit us in Science 28.

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