We have an amazing team at the Writing Center. Get to know our talented staffers and learn about just some of their amazing accomplishments.




Brie Alsip is a sophomore hailing from Owensboro, Kentucky majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education and Social Change. Along with working in the Writing Center, Brie is a member of Greek life and Transy Choir. She's very passionate about iced coffee, Harry Styles, and her cat, Aries. She's so excited to be a part of the Writing Center team and can't wait to work with everyone!

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Aaron Bell is an Economics and History double major on the pre law track. He serves as sports editor of the Rambler and works as an Emergency Medical Technician. When not at class or work, Aaron is an avid snow skier and fisherman, and enjoys playing cards and watching movies.



Eileen is a senior hailing from Fort Thomas, Kentucky majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, & Communications with minors in Classics and Religion. After graduation, she hopes to find something to do that keeps her on her toes and combines her interest in words with her interest in people. While not working in the Writing Center, Eileen might be found rehearsing for a play, baking cookies, watching the third season of Parks and Recreation for the fiftieth time, or searching for the elusive Transy possums.

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Lilly Dockery is a junior from Morgantown, KY. She is majoring in Accounting with minors in English and Psychology. On campus, she is the Treasurer for Circle K (a service organization) and an editor for Transy’s literary magazine, The Transylvanian. In her free time, Lilly enjoys reading, photography, watching movies/TV shows, and spending time with friends. She is looking forward to collaborating with students at the Writing Center!



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Alex Drury is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky double majoring in History and Political Science. When not locked down for an all-night writing session, Alex can be found leading the Transylvania chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, flipping your midnight pancakes with Cru, practicing on the drums, or reading about some niche piece history no one will ever ask him about. Alex is the kind of person who does research for fun and looks forward to putting that unfortunate trait to use while helping students develop their own writing.




Zach Eiserman is a senior from eastern Kentucky. He is majoring in International Affairs. Outside of the Writing Center, Zach loves to learn new languages, bike, hang out with friends, and spend time with his pets. He can’t wait to make new friends in the Writing Center, learn about his peers, land work on some writing, of course!



Hayle is a senior from Versailles, Kentucky. She is pursuing a major in Writing, Rhetoric,

and Communication and a double minor in Chinese and Educational Studies. Outside of the Writing Center, she is involved in other organizations on campus such as  Residence Life and Transy’s literary magazine, The Transylvanian. Hayle loves reading a good book, watching movies, and making monthly Spotify playlists. She is ecstatic to help students in the Writing Center!

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Makayla Dublin is a senior from a small town in the big state of Texas. She is double majoring in Neuroscience and English with a minor in Psychology. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find Makayla participating in community service projects with Circle K and hanging out with friends. During the winter months, you might also find her playing in the snow since she doesn’t see snow much in Texas. She is so excited about working in the Writing Center this year!




Ben Gallenstein is a junior Classics major from Maysville, Kentucky. He enjoys long walks through Gratz Park, iced coffees from Third Street Stuff, and playing Pokemon (I mean, studying) in the library.



Mable is a junior Philosophy, Politics & Economics major from Louisville, KY. Outside of the Writing Center, Mable is involved in Cru. When she’s not in the classroom or library, Mable enjoys yoga, crime shows, and hanging out with her dog. You could also find her at the local ice rink, as she has been a competitive ice skater for 11 years, earning 2 U.S. Figure Skating gold medals during that time. She looks forward to working with students as a staffer at the Writing Center.




Austin Hocker is a Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications major in the class of 2022. He also plays trombone in the Transylvania concert band and pep band. Outside of class, Austin loves brewing, drinking, and learning about specialty coffee, working on his car and motorcycle, all things Star Wars, cooking, watching TV and films, and listening to a wide range of music and podcasts.



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Emily Justice is a Psychology Major and Communications Minor from Ashland, KY. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with family or her sisters in Tri Delta. She loves iced coffee, 80s films, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. Emily is very excited to work with students in the Writing Center!



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Karisma is a junior from Mt. Sterling, KY majoring in Political Science and French. Outside of the Writing Center, she is an Admissions Ambassador, a choir member, and is involved in Greek life. In the little time that she is not studying in the lib, Karisma can be found singing, binge-watching Chopped, or baking cupcakes. She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students during her time at the Writing Center!



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Taylor Kielman is a junior from Flemingsburg, KY. She is majoring in International Affairs with minors in Chinese and Asian Studies. Outside of her work in the writing center, Taylor is a Resident Advisor and loves helping fellow students in any way she can. An avid music lover, she has over thirty playlists for every occasion and mood. When she’s not studying or talking with her residents, you can find her daydreaming about her next traveling adventure. Taylor is ecstatic to be a part of the TUWC staff and help her peers with all the complexities that come with writing. 



Sydney is a senior from Columbus, Ohio majoring in English and minoring in Philosophy and Political Science. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she is also a First Engagements Scholar and a CAPE Career Consultant. When procrastinating her homework, Sydney likes to spend time with friends, binge TV shows and movies, read, and drink inordinate amounts of coffee. You can find her at the caf, in the gym, or trapped in one of Carpenter’s confusing new “chairs.”

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Wade is a senior Philosophy, Politics & Economics major from Nashville, TN. He's on the baseball team at Transy and is also a member of the Pioneer Leadership Program. In his free time, he loves to watch movies, be outside, and hang out with friends! He is a Marvel superhero enthusiast and also loves the Nashville Predators. #Rollpios


Emily is currently a senior at Transy, studying Biology and Spanish. She’s originally from Louisville, currently living in the Mt. Washington area. Aside from Bio and Spanish, she’s interested in taxidermy, costume-making, gardening, and theater, along with music and many other forms of art.



Nyah is a sophomore Computer Science and Digital Arts and Media major from Louisville, KY. In addition to working in the Writing Center, she is also a member of the Student Activities Board, a design consultant for the Rambler, and editor-in-chief of The Transylvanian. Nyah enjoys true crime, embroidery, and listening to podcasts.



Alex Miller is a WRC major and Music minor but most importantly, she is an upstanding young citizen who has upheld the letter of the law to the fullest extent of her capabilities. She has completed three years at Transylvania University without evidence of criminal wrongdoings of any nature, indeed becoming a role model and a guiltless beacon of moral and legal rectitude among her peer group, the members of which might have otherwise been terribly misled. She has no identifying marks or scars.

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Sarah Offutt is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a double major in History and English. Sarah enjoys examining the significance of time periods in novels and films. Outside the Writing Center, Sarah is a member of the swim team andis involved in Greek Life. In her free time, she can be found laughing with her friends, watching funny videos, and making pop culture references. She is excited for the opportunity to help others as a Writing Center staffer.



Madison is an English and Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication double major from Huntington, West Virginia. When she isn’t working in TUWC or in the Office of Admissions, Madison likes spending time with her sisters in Chi Omega, binge-watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix, reading cheesy novels, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins. She also loves playing trivia with her friends!!

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Joanna is a chemistry major with minors in mathematics and music.  She is from Louisville, Kentucky and is graduating with the class of 2021.  Joanna is involved in the Transylvania Concert Band, ACS, and she works part time at the Sayre School.  When Joanna isn’t experimenting on the chemistry hall, she can be found in MFA playing the clarinet, doing homework in Jazzman’s, playing board games with her friends, or exploring Lexington, searching for the city’s best cup of coffee.  Joanna is most excited to be a Writing Center staffer because she can’t wait to broaden her horizons and be more involved on campus.

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Ally Simpson is a rising junior from Evansville, IN majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Psychology. Outside of the Writing Center, Ally is involved in Greek Life and ThriveTU. After college, she cannot wait to become a teacher with her own classroom and to adopt loads of dogs. In the few hours she is not in the classroom or the library, you can find her enjoying a crime show, playing with her chihuahua, Callie, or journaling. She looks forward to collaborating with students and developing new relationships as tutor at the Carnegie Center. In the little free time she is not studying, she loves to hang out with friends, exercise, watch movies, and find new hiking trails. She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students at the Writing Center!



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Lindsey Steffen is a junior from Georgetown, KY majoring in WRC (Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications) and English. Outside of the Writing Center, she is a First Engagement’s Scholar, an Admissions Ambassador, an Executive Chair for the Student Government Association, a band member, and is involved in Greek life. When she wants to relax, she spends her time listening to music, hanging out with friends, or running at the gym. Lindsey is also a coffee fanatic and will tell you all about the best coffee shops near Transy. She is very excited to collaborate with patrons and help them become confident  in their writing.




Abby is an International Affairs and Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication double major from Northern Kentucky. She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Rambler and a tutor at the Carnegie Center. In the little free time she is not studying, she loves to hang out with friends, exercise, watch movies, and find new hiking trails. She looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with students at the Writing Center!



Jordan is a Lexington native currently double majoring in Religion and International Affairs. Outside of the Writing Center, he is involved in Transy's Interfaith Alliance, theatre department, and poetry performance group SpeakOut. Generally inseparable from a pair of earbuds, Jordan loves to sample a wide variety of musical artists and genres (suggestions welcomed!), and making new connections with many different people across campus. He is excited to collaborate with students in the Writing Center over the next several years!



Franky is from Owensboro, KY and is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She hopes to one day earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Franky enjoys a wide variety of activities such as training for triathlons, watching movies/Netflix, reading, hanging out with friends/family, traveling with her best friend, and eating dill pickle chips (it’s a problem).

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Summer is a junior from Mt. Sterling, KY, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. Summer takes her academics seriously, so you’ll likely find her studying in the quiet space of the Library sipping on a hot chocolate from Jazzman’s, but outside of studying she is also engaged with Transy’s community and campus life. Summer is involved in the 100 Doors mentoring program and Cru. She loves working as a tutor at the Writing Center and can't wait to work with you!

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Dalton Teegarden is a sophomore from Georgetown, Kentucky majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Sociology. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he is also a First Engagements Scholar, involved in greek life, and serves as a student government senator. When he is not chronically procrastinating, you can find him spending time with friends, watching movies, or going to battle axes. He looks forward to his time at the Writing Center, meeting new students and collaborating with familiar faces



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Sam Womack is a Transy junior who is honestly just trying their best. Sam hopes to major in Digital Arts and Media and minor in Psychology. In their free time, Sam enjoys watching YouTube, playing Pokemon Go, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and begging their plants not to die (often unsuccessfully). Sam is excited to work and learn alongside their peers in the writing center and can't wait to see what this year will hold!