MSMC’s New Writing Center

Writing Center

Gina Evers, New Director of the relocated Writing Center. (Photo by William Biersack)

by Carrie Victoria

The beginning of February didn’t only bring in lots of snow; it also brought a new Writing Center and a new Writing Center director to Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC).

The new center officially opened last Monday, Feb. 10. Its hours remain the same: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the hours may have stayed the same, the new Writing Center does come with many changes.

The first change is its location. Before, the Writing Center could be found in the English department on the ground floor of Aquinas Hall. Now, you’ll find it in the new Dominican Center, room 118. The Center’s new location comes with more space, which means more tutors and more hours will be available to students.

The days of signing up for a tutoring slot by hand will be over. In hopes of making the scheduling process easier, a new online scheduling system is in the works. The new system will allow you to view all the hours and tutors available to you and to schedule an appointment from your laptop or smartphone.

With the new Writing Center comes its new director, Gina Evers.

Evers spent the first two years of her undergraduate career at the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. Two years later, she switched her major from theater to writing and transferred to Ithaca College, graduating with a major in writing and minors in English and theater. Evers then received a master of fine arts in creative writing with a concentration in teaching from American University.

In past years, Evers has taught college writing classes, worked with a diversity of students in on-campus writing centers, and held various positions within the field of student affairs, which she believes will help in contributing to the Writing Center. She said the Center offers the perfect marriage between the two things she loves the most: working with students and writing.

Evers envisions that the new center will become the home for writing on campus. To fulfill this vision, she plans on collaborating with MSMC clubs and faculty members to promote writing and writing events, such as readings where students could share their written works with others. There was also mention of essay contests, as well as cover letter and grant writing workshops.

No matter what a student’s future career may be, they will need to learn how to communicate, and with much of our communication moving online, it’s important for students to learn writing skills. Most of all, Evers wants the Writing Center and its tutors to equip MSMC students with the writing skills they’ll need to succeed in their fields.

No matter what a student’s future career may be, they will need to learn how to communicate, and with much of our communication moving online, it’s important for students to learn writing skills. Most of all, Evers wants the Writing Center and its tutors to equip MSMC students with the writing skills they’ll need to succeed in their fields.

 

Getting to Know Your New Writing Center Director, Gina Evers:

Lefty or righty?
Write-y!

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Dolly Parton. She has this reputation of being a spectacle and of being superficial, but if you look a little closer, you’ll see she has an empowering story. She grew up very poor, in a one-room house, as one of 12 children, in a very rural area. She wasn’t college educated, but she worked her way up, becoming an international singer and songwriter. Also, she started her career when women weren’t involved in the music business, and despite not being formally taught how to navigate that world, she was able to build an incredibly successful career on her terms. When she worked with Porter Wagoner and found she disagreed with his values, she went on her own, sticking to her values. She even turned down the opportunity to work with Elvis because he refused to pay royalties on her song, “I Will Always Love You.” She stands true to who is and doesn’t allow any judgment from others to change her sense of self. She’s also one of the only real singer-songwriters left. She’s inspiring; I very much admire her.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can juggle scarves (but not balls).

What’s your dream vacation spot?
Thailand, the Kerala region in India, and a great Scandinavian tour.

What color would you describe yourself as?
My favorite color is purple, so I’m going to go with purple.

What writing projects are you working on now?
I’m submitting my poetry manuscript to first-book contests, and I’m constantly revising. It’s titled “The Maps Inside,” and it’s about the many boundaries—external and internal, literal and figurative—we navigate as humans. Whatever contexts we come from, whatever systems are imposed upon us, we have to navigate the maps inside in order to find ourselves, in order to find the places we belong. Many of the manuscript’s poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies. Also, I’m working on a memoir about how planning my same-sex wedding made me believe in marriage. I’ve completed three chapters so far, and I have a book proposal that I’ve been pitching to literary agents.