MCCC Writing Center receives new director

Lori Couch is the new Writing Center director


With the retirement of Tim Dillon, the fate of the Writing Center has been in the air.

MCCC’s Writing Center is free and open to all students. It provides support at every stage of the writing process, with the goal of creating better writers, not just better papers.

Dillon built MCCC’s Writing Center from the ground up; its absence would hit the college hard.

Luckily, for the many students who visit and depend on the Writing Center, Dillon’s legacy will live on.

English professor Lori Jo Couch will be taking the reins at the beginning of the Winter 2017 semester.

“I’m looking forward to working with both the writing fellows and students,” Couch said.

She wants to assure students that she plans on running the Writing Center in a similar manner as Dillon.

“The Writing Center has run well for many years,” Couch said. “We’re really very grateful to Tim Dillon.”

Writing fellows are looking forward to working with Couch.

“I’ve worked with her for the fellowed classes, and she’s really great,” Emma Muth, a junior writing fellow, said.

“Tim would only choose someone who was competent,” Muth said. “I’m excited to see what she’s going to do.”

Senior writing fellow Emily Cornell agrees.

“I believe Tim wouldn’t allow the program to be handed down to her if he didn’t trust her capability,” Cornell said.

As of now, Couch is not sure what the future holds for her and the writing center.

“The administration and I will make a decision as to whether or not I will continue in the fall,” Couch said.

However, she is not worrying about that right now.

“It’s truly a joy to work with the writing fellows and a pleasure to help students,” Couch said. “I hope that both the students and faculty will continue to support me.”