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The Writing Center

About the Writing Center

The UNO Writing Center is not just a place; it is people: writers talking with writers about writing. Established in 2005 through Programs of Excellence funding, the center evolved from vision to actuality through the efforts of Shelton Hendricks, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Skau, former chair of the Department of English; and Connie Eberhart, the center’s first director. Dorianne Richards directed the center from 2007 until her retirement in 2010. The current directors are Travis Adams and Kathy Radosta.


Dr. Travis Adams


Travis Adams is the Director of the UNO Writing Center and head of the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative for the University.


Cori Borgheiinck, Office Assistant


Cori Borgheiinck is working towards a BS in Biology.




Madison Cerizo, Consultant


AJ (Anthony) Christiansen, Consultant

AJAJ (Anthony) is working towards his BS in Secondary Education—endorsement in Social Sciences—with a minor in History.  He has been enthusiastic about history, geography, government, and the like since roughly the fifth grade when he was forced to memorize “Paul Revere’s Ride.”  When AJ isn’t indulging in a text covering American history, he enjoys building LEGO sets—recreationally and professionally.  AJ is a “speed builder” who has traveled from D.C. to San Francisco building LEGO creations for display and competitions.  AJ also operates an online-LEGO store during his spare time.  

Claire Cunningham, Consultant


Bill deGraw, Senior Consultant

billBill DeGraw is an emeritus professor in the Department of Biology.  His research explored physiological adaptations for migration in birds.  During more than 40 years of teaching at UNO he taught courses in animal physiology, endocrinology, histology, as well as introductory courses for majors and non-majors.  During the past 15 years, he taught a junior-level course in writing designed for majors in biology, biotechnology, and environmental studies. In addition, he has extensive experience as an academic advisor, especially for the pre-health professions.  Retirement gives him a chance be more involved in his favorite activities:  cycling, hiking, and refinishing old furniture.

Jenna DeWilde, Office Assistant

jennaJenna DeWilde is is a sophomore Criminal Justice major and in her spare time, works as a Staff Assistant for the Writing Center. When she isn't studying, she enjoys reading just about anything but a textbook! She especially enjoys reading C. S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Sir Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, and Jane Austen!

Chris Harding-Thornoton, Graduate Consultant


Erin Painter, Consultant


Kathy Radosta, Associate Director

billKathy is an instructor in the English department, teaching both composition and ESL courses.  This is her 5th year working in the Writing Center and her 1st year as Associate Director. Previously, worked as a Graduate Consultant in the Writing Center, focusingprimarily on the work of graduate students and their writing projects.  Kathy’s undergraduate degrees are in Russian and Spanish; she holds M.A.s in Russian and English as well.  Additionally, she has completed extensive coursework in the College of Education.  Kathy conducts several workshops on citation style (APA, MLA and Chicago) each semester.

Alex Ramsey, Consultant


Callie Rietfors, Consultant

billCallie Reitfors earned her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction from UNO, and she is now pursuing her MA while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department. When she's not fantasizing about her name someday appearing on a future bestseller list, she like to hang out with her dog, a spirited Lab-vizsla rescue in her rebellious teenager stage – this puppy is always entertaining, to say the least. If you’re ever in HPER, you’ll probably see her on a bike with a book, trying to scribble notes for class while simultaneously getting her sweat on.

Rita Shelley, Consultant

billRita Shelley earned her  B.A. and M.S. in Journalism from Kansas State University. Her research interests include Great Plains literature, the intersection between visual art and writing. If you're looking for someone to discuss Salman Rushdie or Laura Ingalls Wilder, seek her out. In her free time, Rita enjoys sewing, origami, and gardening.

Brenda Sieczkowski, Graduate Consultant

billBrenda Sieczkowski earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. After taking several years off from academic pursuits to work with chronically homeless individuals, she is currently studying for her PhD exams in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Her poems, reviews, hybrids, and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of journals, and her first full-length book of poetry will be out in November 2013 from Black Lawrence Press. If you see her reading something other than poetry, it is most likely a book on neuroscience or Victorian science.

Suzanne Withem, Senior Consultant

suzanne Suzanne earned an MA in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition, the Advanced Writing Certificate, and a BA in Theatre from UNO. She spent a year at the United Way of the Midlands as an Americorps member and five years as a teaching artist, actor, and stage manager at the Omaha Theater Company for Young People at The Rose. In the summer, she serves as Stage Manager for Nebraska Shakespeare's Shakespeare on the Green. During the school year, she knits, stage manages for the Omaha Community Playhouse, and listens to NPR.