Hello and welcome to the University of Houston Writing Center’s Official Blog! We of the Social Media Committee are incredibly excited to share some original content with you on this platform and we hope that you enjoy reading the words of our various consultants.
We will be posting on the blog four times per month regularly, plus our irregular announcements for events such as Workshops at the WC and other events of which we are a part. The regular blog will feature Instructional pieces focused on teaching writing concepts that we can tackle outside of the WC itself, Confessionals by consultants or students that will voice the writing struggles, tips, and tricks used by your student peers, Theory pieces which illustrate some of the rationale behind why we choose to consult the way that we do, and lastly Casual Fridays in the last week of each month which will cover any number of topics related to writing and the writing process.
Part of our hope in running this blog is that you might get to know us all a bit better in addition to feeling better about your writing, so without further ado, here are the members of your Social Media Committee for Spring 2017!
Long Bao Nguyen, Technology Director: Long is a certified Project Management Professional, and currently serves as Technology Director at Writing Center. He directs the web and mobile application development team that manages and develops technology to support the Writing Center at UH.
Matt Howard, Social Media Committee Lead: Matt is an aspiring esports journalist and academic. He is an editor for the Collegiate StarLeague and has curated two blogs on anime and gaming. Both social media and Reddit literate, Matt memes harder than anyone else in the Writing Center.
JoAnne Damian: JoAnne is a creative writing major with a minor in business. When she's not wrestling with at least four novel ideas bouncing around in her head, she aspires toward her other, lesser-known dream of being a rock star by singing along loudly to her car.
Mary Higdon: Mary is a senior Honors student majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Creative Work. She plans on attending graduate school to teach English at the college level. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, trying all of Houston's restaurants, and petting every dog she can.
Jami Jinkins: Jami is an education major planning on teaching first grade once she's graduated, although her dream job is to be the successful owner of a coffee shop/bookstore hybrid with a media room for game nights and marathons. When she isn't in class, at work, or adventuring with friends, she enjoys spending her time reading, playing piano, embroidering/cross stitching, and binge watching anything on Netflix that looks good.
Ruchita Patankar: Ruchita is a business student at the Bauer College of Business. She looks forward to double majoring in Finance and Marketing by 2019. Catch her whiling away her time at the Rec or being a neat freak and organising anything she sets her eyes on.
Rebekah Richardson: Rebekah is a senior honors student majoring in Liberal Studies and minoring in English, Spanish, and Phronesis. She is considering a future in academia. She delights in coffee, conversation, great books, and the outdoors.
Mia Valdez: Mia is a sophomore in the Honors College, majoring in Creative Writing with an interest in Communications. She plans to pursue a career in writing. She enjoys politics, literature, fashion, film and comedy.
Tam Dong, Web Developer: Tam is an undergraduate student of the Cullen College of Engineering pursuing a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering while minoring in Computer Science. He started as a student in 2012 at the University of Houston. After working with UH Central IT Department as a classroom technician for a year, he recently joined the Writing Center in summer 2015 as a Web Developer.
Robert England, Web Developer: Robert is an undergraduate student of Cullen College of Engineering. He is majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He is a part-time Web Application Developer at the Writing Center. In this position, Robert develops and maintains web application that the Writing Center uses to better serve the students of UH.