Who we are

We are students and writers who share a common passion for excellent communication and student development. Around here, we’re known as consultants. At the Rhetoric Center, we provide helpful feedback for writers, speakers, and artists in their academic and creative endeavors. We also have bright characteristics that make visits to the Rhetoric Center new and dynamic. Meet a few of our former colleagues below, and come back soon for information about the 2017-2018 RC staff!


Zion Lee

Chemical Engineering | Biochemistry

Zion enjoys learning how to play new instruments and speak new languages (currently he's learning Amharic). He loves spending time in nature and is always ready for a new adventure, but he still appreciates a good one-on-one conversation. He likes meeting clients and hearing their fresh ideas about life.

Julia LaPlaca

Art History | Literature

Julia loves to rhapsodize. She is a Jane Austen-phile and is an ardent follower of British television. She loves murder mysteries and good conversation. Any day, she would love to explore the creative process in writing. She has her passport ready in case she needs to run off to Europe, where she’s never been but wants to go.

Rachel Scheenstra


Rachel is fun loving and energetic. She has a passion for nursing and the human body. She enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, taking tea and cooking. She especially loves working on literary analysis and religion papers.

Sarah Johnson


Sarah is fun and a little nutty. She enjoys music (especially bluegrass and good country), reading, writing, and almost any type of dance. She takes pleasure in helping others put the finishing touches on their literary work!

Emmanuel Gyimah

Biology | French

Emmanuel enjoys singing show tunes in the shower. He wears scary glasses, but he’s actually kind of goofy. He likes to sleep and to talk. When he isn’t doing one (or both) of those activities, he’s reading Mary Higgins Clark – his favorite mystery novelist. He also loves solitude and vampires. Emmanuel is from Accra, Ghana.

Jules Ludema

Organizational Communications

Avid knitter, explorer, and star-gazer. She is happiest around large bodies of water. She likes nerds, both in candy and human form.