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Faculty/Staff

Meet the staff:

Pat Morelli, Director, has been involved in writing center work for 20 years, 7 of them here at the University of Hartford.  Pat’s credentials are in English, Composition, and Secondary Education.  Pat's other academic interests are poetry; history; women's studies; music, film and other mass media. She is a published poet, and she loves baking, cooking, and hanging out with her two grandsons. Pat joined the University's RLC Department in fall 1997, and she became a FIG member in fall 1998. Her RLC 110 course is paired with Psychology 101, and the two courses focus on Moral Development Theory, Identity Formation, and Civic Responsibility. In RLC 111, Pat's students explore freedom of expression and censorship in landmark court cases, contemporary music and the news media (with a focused investigation of Megan's Law). Pat serves on the executive steering committee of the Northeast Writing Centers Association, a coalition of writing centers.  She has presented at NEWCA's annual conferences, CCELT (Connecticut Consortium on Excellence in Learning and Teaching), the annual convention of CCCC (The College Composition and Communication Conference), and the University of New Hampshire's Composition Conference.

Annie Barrett, professional tutor, has tutored at the CRW for three years.  She teaches composition in the RLC Department and at Northwestern CT Community College.  Annie facilitates writing groups and readings in her community.  A published poet, Annie has an MFA in Creative Writing, and she has received writing residency grants for the Millay Colony for the Arts in summer 2004 and 2005.  Her academic interests include literature (especially poetry) and library research.

Kristina Cerracchio, peer tutor, is a physical therapy major.  Currently a junior, class of 2013, she hopes to specialize in pediatrics after completion of the graduate program.  She is involved in Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA).  Kristina's free time is spent reading, mostly mystery novels.

Jan Emerson, professional tutor, has tutored at the CRW for 15 years.  She has a BA in English literature and Psychology.  Her academic interests include English as a Second Language and poetry analysis.  Jan has also taught intensive English courses for international students. She has professionally edited published material.

Liz Engstrom, professional tutor, has worked at the CRW for about five years.  She has a BA in History, an MA in French, and a JD.  Liz's academic interests include eighteenth and nineteenth century American history, music, art and English literature.  Her professional experience includes positions as a French teacher and Outside Articles Editor for the UConn Law Review.

Jessica Lobisser, peer tutor, is a junior in the Physical Therapy program.  She recently declared a minor in Psychology and is majoring in Physical Therapy.  On campus she is a member of the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) and W.A.R.S: Women Against Rape and Sexual Assault. In addition Jess has also become a part of the UHA Rugby team and the Delta Zeta Sorority. When she is back home, she spends her free time on horseback.  Jessica has been a horseback rider for fifteen years.

Kasey Mayer, peer tutor, is a junior, class of 2013, majoring in Physical Therapy.  She would one day like to work with children at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is involved in the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA).  Kasey also likes to spend all of her free time either running or at the gym.

Sean O'Donovan, peer tutor, is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences currently studying for a degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing.  On campus he is involved in being a Red Cap during student orientation and Greek Life.  During the summer, he works with the University of Hartford Summer Place Camp Program as a counselor.  In his free time he enjoys reading and writing, playing his guitar and listening to fine music, with the occasional trip to the archery range.

Taylor Scyocurka, peer tutor, is a junior in the Physical Therapy program, with plans of Psychology as a minor.  Her participation in activities on campus include being a Red Cap during student orientations, the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), as well as Greek Life. Taylor's hobbies include attending sports events, pleasure reading, writing, and working with people in general.