Writing Center Director
Allyce Horan has worked in the Writing Center since 2013 where she has provided support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on projects ranging from freshman essays to grant proposals. In addition to providing one-on-one tutoring, she has piloted programs in thesis formatting, T.A. training, and peer tutoring. Her interdisciplinary background includes an M.A. in History from Florida State University, certification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and five years teaching the freshman core course, Nature and Human Values. Allyce has taught academic composition and ESL classes in which she encourages students to critically engage with content through oral and written communication activities. She is excited to work closely with members of the campus community to create new initiatives in the Writing Center that allow both students and faculty to reach their communication goals.
Professional Writing Consultants
ESL, Communications, and NHV/Composition
Judy Griebling has been a consultant in the Mines Writing Center since 2008 and enjoys helping students of all levels express themselves in academic writing. She has taught English to refugees and foreign students at the Community College of Denver, Colorado Christian University, Interlink Language Center, Jefferson County Public Schools, and in community-based English programs. Judy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international affairs and a Master of Arts in Education with an English as a Second Language emphasis from the University of Colorado, along with many ESL teaching credentials earned over her long career.
Communications and NHV/Composition
ESL, Composition, and Communications
Gretchen Hack is not a “hack” writer but in fact a published author in various venues, including a writing teachers’ journal, a small newspaper, and religious publications. Gretchen will help you write to any audience, keeping your attention focused on purpose, coherence, and rhetorical sophistication. She graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a B.A. in English and Spanish and from University of Colorado-Denver (UCD) with an M.A. in English. She has taught English composition at UCD and other area colleges since 1988, including teaching Advanced ESL Composition and Reading at the Community College of Denver. When you come for tutoring with her, please teach her how to say “hello” in your native language – she wants to be hospitable!
Composition, NHV, and Science and Medical Writing
Kait holds a BA in English/creative writing and an MA in English/literature. She taught Core Composition I at CU Denver and specializes in science and medical writing, MLA and APA citation, thesis development, and brainstorming.
Speech Composition and Practice, NHV, and Humanities and Social Sciences Writing
Harry Archer earned his PhD in communication with an emphasis in rhetoric from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is published in the realms of communication and rhetorical theory and criticism, and has a particular interest in science and technology studies. He is the current chair of the Communication Theory and Research division of the Western States Communication Association.
Science/Technical/Career Writing, NHV/Composition, Social Sciences, and Reuleaux articles
A Denver native, Ryan received his MA in English (composition and rhetoric) from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in English and one in anthropology. Currently, Ryan teaches writing and rhetoric at the Community College of Denver, and he has taught at Northern Colorado, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Mountain Language Institute. Ryan is willing to assist you with any writing situation, but he is best qualified to help with NHV essays, scientific writing, any prompt related to the social sciences, and career/technical writing. He loves, too, working with international students. In his spare time, Ryan reads, goes to indie films (especially French ones), attends concerts, and tends to his two cats (Henri and B.C.).
Undergraduate Peer Tutors
I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina and studying Geophysics. I’m minoring in Public Affairs through the McBride college, and share a passion for writing as well as science and math. I am active on campus as a member of the Society of Student Geophysics and the Society of Women Engineers, as well as in several extracurricular clubs. When I’m not on campus, I am most likely sleeping or hanging out with my roommates. As a current junior, I look forward to what the next two years at Mines has to offer!
I’m a senior studying civil engineering with minors in Public Affairs (McBride) and Culture, Creativity, and Communication (HASS). In short: I really, really love writing! I’ve been with the Writing Center since October 2018, but I’ve been with The Oredigger student newspaper a lot longer. I’m the 99th Editor in Chief! I’ve built up a lot of experience helping other students become better writers, and I’d love to help you out with anything from grammar and punctuation to organization, flow and argument structure. When I’m not tutoring, you’ll usually see me working on the Oredigger office, the Geology Museum, or making a concrete canoe in the senior design lab!
I’m a junior from Tucson, Arizona, and I’m studying Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). Additionally, I hope to minor in Culture, Creativity, and Communication. Besides tutoring, some of the other things I do on campus include working as a lead ambassador for the CBE department, and participating in intramural sports. During my spare time, I enjoy playing the saxophone, reading classic novels, or watching hockey. I love to help people, so if you ever want to work with someone on writing then feel free to visit me in the Library.
I am a junior from Larkspur Colorado, studying Mechanical Engineering. I’m also very involved in Air Force ROTC, and I intend to work in space operations or go to law school for the Air Force when I graduate. In my free time I enjoy reading, skiing, playing card/board games, hiking, and watching Netflix. The thing I like most about writing is the research component and how the writing process allows me to develop an opinion that I can passionately defend.