Writing, Reading, Speaking Lab Staff
Jette Irgens
Jette Irgens
Greetings and Welcome to the WRSL! My name is Jette Irgens, and I am the Pathways Associate for the Writing Reading and Speaking Lab. I hope you will find the WRSL a safe place to work on your writing, reading, and speaking skills. Our goal is to work with you in your process of becoming a better, happier writer.
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Abby Blake

Hello!  My name is Abby Blake, and I am a third year studying biology and environmental science, and someday I want to go to graduate school for ecology or conservation of natural resources.  I am from a tiny town in Minnesota called Mora.  I am involved in ambassadors, the sustainability office, and I am an SI for BI 151.  I enjoy running and spending time outdoors.  In my spare time I read and visit with friends, family, and my dog Agnes.  I look forward to working with you in the WRSL.  Please come visit!

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Chelsea Brown

Hi friends, my name is Chelsea Brown. I am a fourth year social work major, minoring in Spanish. I grew up in Vinton, Iowa. I love music and play trombone in Wind Ensemble, brass choir, and a trombone quartet at Wartburg. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and singing in worship band. I plan on attending Wartburg West in the winter so come see me before I leave!

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Laura DePenning

Hello! My name is Laura and I am a third year this year. My major is Elementary Education and I have an endorsement in Mathematics.  During the year I keep myself busy through being on the Orientation Staff, working at the Library, and here in the WRSL!  Also, I'm enjoying taking a photography class this semester.  I love watching movies, meeting new people, and being helpful!

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Jessica Donahue

Hi! I’m Jessica. I am a 2nd year, double majoring in writing and communication arts—public relations to be exact. I am president of the forensics (speech) team here at Wartburg. Last year, I represented Iowa at a national persuasive tournament. Oh, I love dogs, hedgehogs and sheep.

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Andrena Epps

Hello. My name is Andrena Epps and I am from Chicago Heights, IL. I am a fourth year Bio/Pre-PT major studying to become a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, or an athletic trainer. I understand that writing assignments and acquiring study skills can be quite difficult sometimes, but I think that those are some of my strongest qualities that I can contribute to the WRSL. Hope to see you there.

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Nicole Hanson

Hi!  My name is Nicole Hanson and I am a third year majoring in religion with a pre-seminary concentration and a writing minor.  I studied at Wartburg West last year and worked with a Latino Lutheran congregation.  I enjoy writing research papers (really!), and in my free time I help lead a Eucharist band, Wartburg Embracing Bremwood, and Knitting Knights.  I look forward to seeing you all!

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Emily Hogan

Hello!  My name is Emily Hogan, and I am a fourth-year Music Major at Wartburg.  I really enjoy writing intensive and research classes the most!  During my free time, I enjoy playing saxophone in the Wartburg College Concert Bands and the Knightliters Jazz Band.  I love to travel, play sports, learn new languages, and watch Grey's Anatomy with friends.  This is my first year in the WRSL, and I can't wait to help you in the lab!

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Shayla Hopp

Hello everyone! My name is Shayla and I am from Burlington, Iowa.  I am a fourth year Biology major (pre-physical therapy) with double minors in Psychology and Intercultural Studies.  I am also involved in the Wartburg College Concert Bands where I play the saxophone!  I enjoy travelling around the world to places like Senegal, West Africa.  I love kids, running, volunteering, and just plain being me.  I look forward to seeing and helping everyone in the WRSL this year!

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Kamryn Kronschnabel

Hi everyone! I'm Kamryn Kronschnabel, a second year from La Porte City, Iowa, who's working on an English-Spanish double-major with a Communication Arts minor. This year I'm in the Wartburg College Concert Bands and Wartburg Choir, and I also work as the co-editor for Wartburg's biannual literary magazine, The Castle. I've been to Europe, Central America, and Southeastern Asia, but when I'm at home I love to read, write, and bake cookies. I love working with new people, so feel free to come visit me anytime!

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Megan Jorgensen

Hi, my name is Megan Jorgensen and I am a third year majoring in History and Peace & Justice with an emphasis on Environmental Studies. In the future I hope to attend Environmental Law School and study Natural Resources Law. On campus I am involved in band, am a part of the Knightliters Jazz band, and am a member of the History honor society. I love to run, spend time doing outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, and I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I look forward to starting the 2013-2014 school year!

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Kim Lensen

Hey everyone! My name is Kim Lensen and I'm from the Netherlands. My majors are international relations and political science, and I'll probably minor in Spanish. I studied in Bosnia and Herzegovina for two years before I came to Wartburg College. I enjoy many, many things, but to give you an idea; horse riding, reading, shopping, watching documentaries, hanging out with friends, sleeping, discussing/arguing/debating etc... I love animals and I love people, but what I love most is discovering the world! (I'm not being cheesy).

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Ally Milner

Hello there!  My name is Ally Milner, and I'm a fourth year student from Missouri.  I'm currently studying Writing and Spanish, or, as another WRSL consultant has so cleverly phrased it, "Spanglish."  When I'm not in the WRSL, there's a fairly good chance you can find me reading, writing, baking, or designing scavenger hunts.  Whether you see me walking through campus or waiting at the WRSL, I'd love to chat with you, so come on over and say "Hi!"

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Rut Nastiti

Hello all! My name is Rut Nastiti, I am from Jakarta, Indonesia, and I’ve lived in Italy for two years before coming to the USA. I am a Communication Arts major; I want to be a journalist and a writer in the future. I enjoy taking pictures and travelling during my spare time. I am very happy to work with everybody this year!

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Zach Sommers

Hi, I'm Zach! I am a fourth year majoring in Political Science and International Relations with minors in German Studies, History, and Intercultural Studies. In May of 2012, I traveled to Germany and studied the German language for four weeks. This past spring, from May to July, I interned in Senator Grassley’s office in Washington, D. C. There’s not a better place to learn the inner workings of politics. From working in D. C., I attained a job on a campaign, and I’m hoping this leads to something (like a job…that pays) once I graduate. This coming May, I’ll be touring Europe with the Wartburg Choir. It’s a very busy year, but it’ll be the best year yet!

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Amara Thein!

Hello, I'm Amara Thein! I'm a third year from the tiny town of Fredericksburg, Iowa. I'm studying writing and communication arts, and also minoring in communication design and literature. On campus, I play saxophone in the Wartburg College Concert Bands, and I'm involved with Tower Agency, PRSSA, Pen and Inc., and The Castle. I love to spending time with my friends and family, reading, writing, watching Netflix, and doing crafty Pinterest things. I love to travel to amazing places, like France and England, for May Terms, and I hope to spend a semester abroad in Ireland next year! I am very happy to be working in the WRSL this year, so please stop in any time!

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Lisa Trizzino

Hi! My name is Lisa Trizzino and I am from Bettendorf, Iowa. I am a second year at Wartburg and am majoring in Biology! I am not quite sure what I want to do yet after I graduate, but right now I am considering nursing or physical therapy. I am a member of the women's soccer team here at Wartburg and love it! I also like to run, hang out with my friends and family and cook or bake. I am looking forward to my first year working in the WRSL and getting to meet and work with a lot of new people!

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Serena Ugoretz

Hello! My name is Serena Ugoretz and I'm a fourth year student from Wausau, Wisconsin. My majors are English and Spanish. On campus, I am also involved in the Pre-Law Club, the Spanish Club, the Student Senate, and I am a Resident's Assistant. I enjoy writing, swimming, reading, and hanging out with my friends. I look forward to working with you in the WRSL!

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Lindokuhle Simelane
Sanibonani, Hello! My name is Lindokuhle Simelane. You could just call me Lindo (it’s easier). I am from Swaziland, a tiny country in southern Africa. I am a sophomore student, majoring in Business Administration and Economics and I have a minor in Accounting. I enjoy reading, dancing, debate and public speaking, swimming and tennis. I also love travelling; I’ve been to 12 different countries and I speak a little Italian (I used to speak French too). I also think I am funny (or not). I am very excited about working in WRSL and I very much look forward to working with you all."
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Molly Schares

Well hello everyone! I am Molly Schares, a second year here at Wartburg.  I am majoring in Business Administration with minors in both Communication Arts and Leadership.  On campus I work in Admissions as well as the WRSL, and I am in the Wartburg College Concert Bands. I also do my best to support all the athletes and artists at this amazing school. I love the ocean, traveling, curling up and watching a movie, and PEOPLE.  Goodness, do I love people! I cannot wait to see all your bright faces this year!