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Academic Center Tutors

Kris Percival is the Academic Center Director and a pinch-hitter tutor. She has an MFA from Ohio University and an MSEd from Hunter College. Prior to tutoring at SJC, she wrote knitting books for Chronicle Books in San Francisco and was thrilled when one, The Knit Knack Kit, was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's O List. She very much enjoys working with college students and encourages all to take advantage of the Academic Center's rich resources.
 

Rhomesia Ramkellowan graduated from St. Joseph's College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and Minors in Chemistry and English. After graduation, she started working as a Lab Technician and Teaching Assistant for laboratory classes for the Physics and Physical Science Deaprtment at SJC. She also works as a Science Tutor focusing on General and Organic Chemistry but can tutor most science classes. She is currently a chemistry and physics teacher at St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, NY.
 

Tariq Shah is a writer, poet, and 2nd-year student in the Writer's Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph's College. From 2007-2008 he served in the US Peace Corps, during which time he taught 8th and 9th grade English in Moatize, Mozambique, and he speaks Portugeuse proficiently. He is the co-founder and co-head of alibi, a literary journal of fiction and poetry, and holds a BA in English from DePaul University. An active percussionist for over 15 years, he also has extensive music performance, composition and education experience.

Shelly Auster has been a writing tutor in the Academic Center at St. Joseph's since 2011.  She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan, an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in English from SUNY Stony Brook and over 15 years' experience teaching college literature and writing courses.  While she enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, she loves working one-on-one even more and finds it particularly satisfying to work closely with individual students and witness their growing confidence and abilities as writers. 

Along with tutoring at the Academic Center, Craig Chanin also teaches writing at Rutgers University.  Craig majored in English at Skidmore College, where he received his BA, and he also holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University.  He is currently writing short stories, as well as a longer length work (possibly a novel?).  Craig’s hobby is learning finger-style acoustic guitar a la Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Stephen Grossman, and a bunch of other old-time bluesy players.  cchanin@sjcny.edu

Melanie Danza has been a tutor at the Academic Center since 2013. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from The City College of New York, where she currently teaches Creative Writing, Prose Writing and English Composition. At John Jay College she taught a Writing Across the Curriculum class with an emphasis on the psychology of the criminal mind. At CCNY she was on a panel to review and design a curriculum for NYC high school seniors in developing and strengthening the necessary writing skills for college. She was on the editorial board at Fiction Magazine. Her writing has been published in Promethean Magazine, and her murals and artwork have been showcased in Bedford Magazine and HG magazine. Melanie holds a 3rd degree black-belt in Kung Fu and is a certified Pilates instructor. When she is not writing, cooking, teaching or tutoring, she is sketching the NYC strap-hangers while she commutes. Her drawings can be seen on her blog: Sketches from the Underground. At the AC she feels very rewarded working one on one with students, as they strive to improve and develop into intelligent writers.  mdanza@sjcny.edu

Alana Devine-Dunn Alana Devine-Dunn is a Brooklyn native. After attending St. Saviour High School she went to Barnard College, Columbia University where she studied Psychology and European History. She attended St Joseph’s College as a non-matriculated student to work on pre-med courses. Alana has enjoyed working for the academic center for the last year tutoring Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, French, and History and has enjoyed working with students in academic advisement. She hopes to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. Her areas of interest are in the treatment of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Alana also enjoys cooking and riding her bike. adunn4@sjcny.edu

Kenneth Keyes has an MBA from Huizenga School of Business, NOVA Southeastern University. Kenneth is an accounting and finance tutor who has worked at St. Joseph’s College for 8 years.  kkeyes@sjcny.edu

Josh McCuen is a recent graduate from the Writer’s Foundry. He has taught English composition classes at St. Joe’s, and will be teaching at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the fall. Prior to obtaining his MFA and tutoring at the Academic Center, Josh was working at a barbecue restaurant in Whitefish, Montana. And like every English tutor in Brooklyn, Josh is currently working on a novel.  jmccuen@sjcny.edu

Karyn Pilgrim is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies. She has a Master's in Fiction from Brooklyn College and a PhD in English from Binghamton University. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and researches in the fields of environmental humanities and food studies. She serves as advising editor for Authorsalon, the Metropolitan Review, and Del Sol Review.  kpilgrim@sjcny.edu

Hannah Wood is a writer originally from Sacramento, California. She has an MFA in playwriting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she double-majored in history and minored in anthropology. She went back to NYU for an MA in European and Mediterranean Studies. Her thesis was about the history of nationalism and national theatre, with a focus on Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. She is also certified to teach TESOL/TEFL, and has proofread papers for students who speak English as a second language. Currently, she is a second year student at The Writer’s Foundry. On her days off you might find her reading, running, watching SF Giants or 49ers games, and most definitely drinking hot chocolate (not necessarily at the same time).  hwood@sjcny.edu

José Negroni spent seven years as the Assistant to the Editor and Director of the America Society's flagship publication, Review: Arts and Literature of the Americas, a cultural magazine that, since 1968, has promoted literature and the visual and performing arts in the Americas. The Society provides a focal point of contact for other institutions working in Western Hemisphere affairs. As an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College, José focused on Spanish and English literatures. He also sudied sustainable development. In addition, José received his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He serves as a professor at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and is fluent in French and Spanish.

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Fall, 2017 Peer Tutors

Fall, 2017 Peer Tutoring Schedule

ALL TUTORS ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT MONDAY-FRIDAY.  Contact each tutor directly to schedule an appointment.  If you do not see a tutor in the subject you need please contact Kris Percival at kpercival@sjcny.edu.


Rebecca Axelsson raxelsson@student.sjcny.edu

Alana Dunn

adunn4@sjcny.edu

Amr Elfert

aelfert@student.sjcny.edu

William Harris

wharris@student.sjcny.edu

Frank Iozzio

fiozzio@sjcny.edu
Ken Keyes kkeyes@sjcny.edu
Lingling Liang lliang@student.sjcny.edu
Jiahuan Lin jlin3@student.sjcny.edu

Gina Montesdeoca

gmontesdeoca@student.sjcny.edu
Rhomesia RamKellowan rramkellowan@sjcny.edu
Rebeca Ramirez rramirez2@student.sjcny.edu
Amanda Salzano asalzano@student.sjcny.edu
Charles Simione csimione@student.sjcny.edu

Sudesh Sukhoo

ssukhoo@student.sjcny.edu
Emily Watts ewartt@student.sjcny.edu

Patrick Wong

pwong@sjcny.edu

SUBJECT

TUTOR

ACC (ALL)

  • Ken Keyes  (AC hours)
Anatomy & Physiology
  • William Harris

BIO 115

  • Alana Dunn  (online only)
  • William Harris

BIO 150

  • Alana Dunn  (online only)
  • Amr Elfert
  • William Harris
BUS 100
  • Amanda Salzano
BUS 230
  • Amanda Salzano

CHE 150

  • Alana Dunn  (online only)
  • Amr Elfert
  • Rhomesia Ramkellowan

CHE 250

  • Rhomesia Ramkellowan

COM 150

  • Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin

COM 151

  • Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin

COM Programming

 

ECO 120 BAS01 and 02

  • Rebecca Axelsson
  • Sudesh Sukhoo

ENG ALL

FRE 151 + 152

  • Emily Watts
GMS
  • Patrick Wong

HIS

  • Hannah Wood (AC Hours)

MAT 106

  • Rebeca Ramirez

MAT 111

  • Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin
  • Gina Montesdeoca
  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • Charles Simione

MAT 113

  • ​Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin
  • Gina Montesdeoca
  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • Charles Simione
MAT 151 Statistics  

MAT 200

  • ​Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin
  • Gina Montesdeoca
  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • Charles Simione

MAT 203/204

  • ​Lingling Liang
  • Jiahuan Lin
  • Gina Montesdeoca
  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • Charles Simione

MAT 205/206/207

  • Gina Montesdeoca
  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • Charles Simione
NUR 101, 102, 104 & 205
  • William Harris

GMS/SMAC

  • Patrick Wong

PHI

  • Craig Chanin

PHY

  • Jiahuan Lin

PSY

  • Frank Iozzio (AC hours)
  • William Harris

SCI 150

  • William Harris
  • Rhomesia Ramkellowan

SPN 151

 

SPN 201

 

Workshops

Academic Center Fall, 2017 Hours

Accounting Tutor Hours Fall, 2017

APA Citation Workshop

RSVP to Academic Center Workshops here: https://goo.gl/forms/FutOOyth1XcUGsKn1

Chicago Citation Workshop

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Thesis Statement Workshop

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How to Write an Essay that Works Workshop

RSVP to Academic Center Workshops here: https://goo.gl/forms/FutOOyth1XcUGsKn1

Grammar Bootcamp Workshop

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Web Resources Workshop

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Make an Appointment with a Tutor

Select "Academic Writing Center" to make an appointment with an Academic Center tutor.

Academic Center Location

The Academic Center is on the 3rd Floor of McEntegart Hall (near the elevator).

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More information can be found on SJC's website here or by visiting the MySJC Portal page.

Hours

Regular semester hours are:

Monday-Thursday 9AM - 8PM
Friday 9AM - 3PM
Saturday 10AM - 3PM

 

Intersession Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm and 4-8pm

Academic Center Services

 

Tutors provide one-on-one assistance on these basics:

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Analyzing and understanding assignments
  • Spelling, word choice and sentence structure
  • Planning, executing and revising work

 

Tutors aid and advise students on more complex issues, such as:

  • Citation styles and procedures, particularly APA/MLA
  • Business and résumé writing
  • Study skills and critical thinking
  • Test preparation

 

Professional Tutoring available in:

  • Accounting
  • Math
  • Computer Science

Director of Academic Center

Kris Percival

Director of the Academic Center & Coordnator of Student Accessibility Services, Brooklyn

(718) 940-5859 

kpercival@sjcny.edu