The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120

Fall 2019 Hours
Mon-Thurs 8 AM-9:30 PM
Fri 8 AM- 5:00 PM
Sun 3:30 PM- 9:30 PM

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Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043


Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D.
(248) 370-3105

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Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in English/American Studies, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She has actively participated in curriculum development and peer mentoring in addition to teaching composition within the Writing and Rhetoric Department since 1996. In 2009, Sherry affirmed her commitment to the lively art (and science) of writing at OU by taking the helm of the writing center, where she spends most of her consulting hours collaborating with faculty on their scholarly publications and with graduate students on their theses and dissertations. More recently, she piloted a dissertation supervision fellowship to help faculty better meet the genre needs of their doctoral students.

When not teaching or working one-on-one with clients, she is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. Sherry’s concurrent role as a College Board Consultant for AP English Language affirms her belief that high school students need rigorous preparation and their teachers need pedaagogical support.

Sherry’s publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers and their supervisors, and information literacy have appeared in The Writing Center Journal, Education Libraries, Perspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. In addition to penning her own publications, she serves as a reviewer and runs WriteSpace Consulting, an editing and custom writing business. She vacations with her husband Don and daughter Alexondra and enjoys walks with her Standard Poodle Max in her fleeting spare time.

Ashley Cerku, M.A.
Operations Coordinator
(248) 370-3473

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Education: B.A .in English and Writing/Rhetoric, M.A. in Liberal Studies
Specialties: Creative writing, Poetry, Research papers, Organization, Draft expansion

Ashley Cerku is the Operations Coordinator at the Oakland University Writing Center. A two-time OU alum, she has her sights set on working in the publishing field with the hopes of one day becoming an Editor and Novelist. She also likes to work with students and consultants to help create a more interactive writing environment at Oakland University.

Writing Consultants



Education: Pursuing BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement
Specialties: Grammar, Organization, Word Choice

Amber is currently studying to become a high school English teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, watching TV, and playing trivia games/solving puzzles. She likes snow and considers the winter her favorite time of year.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English and History Secondary Education

Annmarie is a senior at OU studying English and History Secondary Education. She believes education is one of the most valuable rights for a person to have and hopes to pursue her own higher education goals after undergrad. When Annmarie is not in class, you can find her participating in activism, reading, and cooking. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and narrating her dog's every move. Annmarie once won 2nd place in her elementary school spelling bee; she was eliminated after incorrectly spelling "government."



Education: BA in Communications, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric, Pursuing MA in Counseling
Specialties: Graduate-Level Writing, Grammar, Organization, Brainstorming

Brian holds a BA from Oakland University and is excited to enter his second full year as a graduate student in Counseling and first semester at the Writing Center. His interests include research and supporting students who struggle with their writing. Professionally, he has written press releases for Special Olympics Michigan and the Troy Historic Village, and edited materials for the YWCA and Jewish Vocational Services. An avid lover of music and longtime choral singer on campus, Brian is also published in the American Record Guide. Outside of the Writing Center, you'll find him eating.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English and Creative Writing

Caitlyn is a full-time student pursuing a double major in English and Creative Writing. When not in class, Caitlyn enjoys traveling or spending time with her cat, Leo. She hopes to become an editor or publisher after graduation and to one day teach English as a college professor.



Education: Pursuing BA in English
Specialties: Literary Analysis, Sentence Structure

Chanel is a full-time student studying English. She is in her second year of college and her nineteenth year of being a vampire. With her degree she intends to enter the field of editing and publishing and hopefully, somehow, help to improve literacy on a global scale. In her spare time you can find her reading, writing, or listening to Led Zeppelin while deciding where she’d like to travel next.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English Secondary Education, Minor in History
Specialties: Grammar, Literary Analysis, Organization

Charlie aspires to teach English at the high school level and currently spends his summers as a camp counselor. His free time is consumed by reading, watching Netflix, and, depending on his mood, listening to country music or classics from the '80s. His weekends are devoted to watching football and supporting his struggling fantasy teams.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minor in Spanish

Emma is an English major and Spanish minor student with the goal of becoming a high school teacher. She is from northern Michigan and enjoys hiking, sailing, water skiing, and reading on desolate beaches. While living downstate, she stays busy by making vegan food, caring for her houseplants, doing yoga, and volunteering at her church.



Education: Pursuing BS in Human Resource Development
Specialties: Rhetorical Analysis, Outlining, Career Documents

Jennifer is a sophomore at Oakland University. This will be her first year working at the writing center. Jennifer is from Troy, Michigan - the Metro Detroit area has always been her home. Her favorite thing about writing is that you are able to convey anything and everything through it. Jennifer looks forward to learning with many fellow grizzlies at the Writing Center.



Education: BA in Elementary Education with focus in Math and English, Pursuing MA in Mental Health Counseling
Specialties: Narrative Writing, Personal Statements, Cover Letters, Research Writing

Josh is currently pursuing a degree in counseling. Aside from working at the Writing Center, Josh enjoys taking his dog, Harwell, for walks. To refuel, he loves foxing around Qdoba. Josh loves working with students/clients from all walks of life and academia. He looks forward to catering to your needs here at the Writing Center.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English, Double Minor in Political Science and Journalism
Specialties: MLA Format, Argumentative/Persuasive Writing, Brainstorming, Tone

Joshua graduated from Paul K. Cousino High School in 2015 and is currently pursuing his BA in English with a double-minor in Political Science and Journalism, with the hopes of becoming a political reporter or writer. In his free time he plays video games, reads, writes, and eats. A lot. He also buries himself as deeply into politics as he can get, but that's a less pleasant personal hobby. Joshua often peppers his speech with references ranging from Aristotle to ZZ Top, having a seemingly endless pool of nerdy-lore and allusions to drudge up.


headshot of Kaitlyn with the OUWC

Education: Pursuing a BA in English

Kaitlyn is a third year student studying English. She plans to enter the field of publishing or editing after graduation. When not in class, she enjoys spending her time on creative writing, drawing, and participating on the Quidditch team at Oakland.


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Education: Pursuing a BA in Studio Art-Painting
Specialties: Brainstorming, Organization, Word Choice

Kathryn  is in her second year at OU pursuing a career in art therapy. On the weekends, she enjoys riding bikes in the park, walking her dog, essentially any way to spend time in nature. She loves painting, watching movies, reading, and listening to anything from Modest Mouse to Frank Sinatra or to what she describes as “Dad Rock.” Above all,  Kathryn  loves to help people and animals in any way she can!


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Education:   Pursuing BA in Journalism and English, Minor in French Language
Specialties:  Grammar, Brainstorming, Organization, AP Style

Katie enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and spending time with friends in her free moments. She loves her two cats and when horror movies have good endings. When she's not overwhelming herself in efforts to always accomplish something, she writes poetry. Katie aims to work in an online newspaper and intends to write a poetry book that impacts the world.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minors in Psychology and German
Specialties: Drafting, Organization, Creative Writing

Lily is a senior and is very excited to be able to work with OU students in the Writing Center! In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in academic advising, so she can continue to help students find their passion(s) and be successful in their college careers. When she isn't at the Writing Center, you can find her snuggling with her dog Mason, watching Netflix, or pursuing her other passion of working with kids.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communications

Megan is a junior living on campus and is pursuing a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. In her free time she enjoys jamming out to Disney music, telling bad puns, road tripping with friends, and hanging out with her two cats, Winnie and Felix. She loves photography, all things Disney, and leading in campus ministry with InterVarsity. She dreams of pursuing a future in ministry using the skills God has equipped her with while at OU.



Education: Pursuing BA in English Literature with a concentration in Linguistics
Specialties: Grammar, Tone, Literary Analysis, Argument

Michael is pursuing a BA in English with the hope of attending graduate school to study literary theory and become a professor. In the interim, he spends his time tutoring students in Creative Writing and Language Arts at Oakland Christian School, memorizing Romeo and Juliet, organizing books, marveling at the magic of modern science, and maintaining his communication ratio of 70% speech 30% song. Areas of study include Classical Rhetoric, critical theory, Latin, and musicals.



Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Political Science
Specialties: Research Papers, Case Studies, First-year Writing, Brainstorming, Organization, Creative Writing, Professional Resumes, Cover Letters

Noah is currently a third year student at Oakland University studying Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Political Science. Once graduated, he aspires to either become a writing professor, work in editing, or the field of law. When not at work, Noah loves reading, writing, and spending time with his closest friends. He hopes one day to write his very own successful novel and see as much of the world as possible.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Communications, Minor in Journalism

Rachel recently changed her major to communications with a minor in journalism. She was originally a part of the biomedical diagnostic and therapeutic sciences program, but left to pursue her love for writing. After graduation she hopes to work as a journalist or grant writer.

Reanna "Red"

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Education: BS in Public Administration and Public Policy, Minor in Business, concentration Pre-Law; Certified Paralegal; Pursuing MA in Liberal Studies
Specialties: Research Writing, Legal Writing, Proposals, Cover Letters, Citation

Reanna, best known as Red, is working toward a Masters degree and is a proud alumna of Oakland University. Currently, she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Honors College and works as an executive legal assistant for a local law firm. Reanna enjoys research and writing and is presently an editor for the Echo Cognito student journal. She is interested in history and politics, and enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering and golfing.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Linguistics, Minors in Creative Writing and English
Specialties: Creative Writing, Tone, Grammar, Organization, Sentence Structure, Word Choice (not positive about these, though)

Sam is a senior at Oakland University. She enjoys spending her free time reading almost any genre, doing jigsaw puzzles, browsing social media, and writing poetry. After graduation, she hopes to receive an MFA in Poetry and have her work published.



Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minor in Biology
Specialties: Grammar, Outlining, Organization

Shelby is a sophomore at Oakland University. She is majoring in English and minoring in biology. In her free time, Shelby likes to read, write poetry, play video games, and watch old movies. Her favorite time of the year is summer because she loves to go camping. After graduation, Shelby aspires to go into advertising or scientific writing.



Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minor in French Language
Specialties: Sentence Structure, Organization, Diction

Veronica is a junior pursuing an English degree. She aspires to go into either publishing or editing. She loves spending time with her dog, reading, and watching Netflix.

Reception Crew



Education: Pursuing BA in Studio Art specializing in Drawing, minoring in Graphic Design and Art History

Hannah is a sophomore at Oakland Universtiy. She is a section leader in the Golden Grizzles Atheltic Band. Along with that, she is part of La Pittura, the art club on campus and plays the Clarinet in the Oakland Wind Symphony. Her hobbies are drawing, shopping, sleeping, and spending time with friends.


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Education: AA in Liberal Arts; Pursuing BS in Psychology

Heather is an Honors College student studying psychology for an undergraduate degree at Oakland University, with the intention of pursuing an MA in Clinical Psychology. Her hobbies include creative writing, crafting, hiking, and traveling.


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Education: Pursuing BS in Biochemistry

Lauren is a freshman in the Honors College at Oakland University. She hopes to use her biochemistry degree to pursue a career in the design of topical medications or skin-care products. Lauren has been playing piano since she was 10 years old and enjoys listening to music, watching movies, writing, and hanging with her friends. After college, she plans on traveling and hopefully landing a job in a big city.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Political Science

Rachael is new to the Writing Center, working as a receptionist. In addition to her work at OU she is a field reporter and producer for Oxford Community Television where she's worked for a year. She loves to challenge herself in and out of the classroom. In high school she completed the International Baccalaureate program, swam on Liquid Lightning and her high school team, and played violin for three orchestras. She also played the lead in her senior musical and volunteered at multiple organizations. Outside of school, Rachael enjoys keeping up with politics, singing along to Broadway soundtracks, and listening to her favorite classical music composers.


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Education: Pursuing BS in Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Rebecca is an international student from Kenya. She is currently a second year student at Oakland University anticipating a degree in Pre-Professional Health Sciences. She enjoys traveling, working out, and learning different languages.