New addition to writing center

By Dave Damiano
September 22, 2006

Located high above the campus of Cabrini, a new coordinator of the writing center is starting to transform things. Her name is Erin Connelly, and she comes to us from Villanova University where she has spent the last few years working as a graduate tutor while completing her masters in English.

Connelly attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her B.A. in chemistry. She decided to go back to school because even though she was a chemistry. major, she was an English major at heart.

While completing her masters in English, Erin spent time working as a coordinator for the writing center at Villanova. But, when the opportunity arose at Cabrini, Connelly took advantage of it.

“I loved Villanova, but I finished my work and I heard about an opening at Cabrini. My director at the writing center also suggested Cabrini,” Connelly said.

Connelly has been enjoying her experience at Cabrini and has noticed a lot of similarities between the two schools.

“What I love about Cabrini is the sense of community on the campus. It is in many ways similar to Villanova’s campus” Connelly said.

Every new job brings new ideas, and that is what Connelly is expressing she wants to change about the writing center.

“I want to encourage students to come here because they are dedicated and want to perfect their writing,” she said.

“Students shouldn’t feel embarrassed about going to the writing center because everyone could always use a revision.”

The writing center is located on the third floor of the mansion. Throughout the week, a student can go to the writing center by making an appointment, or by walking in. As the semester continues, the writing center is hoping to expand their hours. As of right now, they are open from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday. They also have hours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Going from an immense university to a relatively smaller college could be a difficult transition for a number of people, but not for Connelly. She adds that her conversion to Cabrini has “not been difficult at all. Everyone has been tremendously welcoming.”

Connelly has heard a lot about the mansion in which she works in and was very happy to hear the stories of the haunted campus. “I love ghost stories, and since I’ve arrived, I’ve heard tremendous amounts. I love being up in the attic.”

Connelly welcomes every opportunity that comes across her way and she predicts that Cabrini will be a great fit for her because it is a brand new experience and now she has the chance to make some great changes to an already fine institution.

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