Professor Angie Johnson talking to a group of writing center tutors

Ada Stokes Writing Center

Open Sunday- Thursday

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(8:00 p.m. last call)

*Closed on holidays and school breaks

During the 2020-21 academic year, the Writing Center staff is accepting online appointments. BLC students who seek writing assistance have two options: (1) schedule an appointment to Zoom with a tutor or (2) upload materials without meeting with a tutor. During business hours, a tutor is always on call. 

Students are welcome to schedule an appointment up to five minutes before one is needed.

The tutors in the Writing Center can help you:

understand an assignment and brainstorm for ideas
develop research strategies and source integration techniques
develop thesis statements and topic sentences
draft written materials and organize ideas
learn revision and editing strategies
Mission Statement

Supported by the English Department, the mission of the Ada Stokes Writing Center is to help BLC students grow as independent critical thinkers, readers, and writers. As such, tutors offer support in the areas of academic essay writing, creative writing, cover letter writing, resume writing, and graduate application writing. We also help with the development of digital content. The center is staffed with friendly (and sometimes silly) tutors who are dedicated to the writing process, academic honesty, and hot chocolate. That’s right. If you want a cup of the best hot chocolate on campus, come to the Writing Center. We’re here for you!

Upcoming Writing Center Events
No current events are scheduled in the Ada Stokes Writing Center.

Who is Ada Stokes?

photo of Ada Stokes

Ada (Stokes) Jeppesen (1920-2017) was born in Mankato, Minnesota. When it was a junior college, Stokes attended Bethany and graduated in 1940 with a two-year degree. Following Bethany, Stokes attended Valparaiso University, Indiana, where she earned a four-year college degree. She returned to Bethany to teach English, History, and Latin. Two years later, Stokes took a position in St. Louis, Missouri, where she taught at a public high school until she learned that the male teachers would receive raises, but not the women. Stokes resigned. She returned to her home state and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in English in 1951. 

Upon graduation, Stokes moved to Pomona, California, to teach English and Latin, and her career took off. During her tenure, she served as the English Department Head at Pomona High School, was nominated a Los Angeles Teacher of the Year, and was later elected President of the Greater Los Angeles Teachers Association. Additionally, she became a charter member of Pomona’s League of Women Voters, served on the Pomona Valley Council of Churches’ educational committee, was elected President of the Pomona Unified School District Teachers Union, and was an active community member.

“It was at Bethany where I really learned how to teach, what it means to be a teacher,” Stokes said in an interview. “It’s the human touch at Bethany that inspired me more than anything to pursue education. Bethany professors cared about the students, and still do. They went out of their way to talk with me, and that really stood out.”

Thanks to the generosity of Ada (Stokes) Jeppesen, Bethany Lutheran College is equipped with a thriving Writing Center and is a proud member of the International Writing Centers Association (IWAC). Additionally, Stokes’s contributions enable the center to host a variety of campus-wide events, afford numerous digital subscriptions, afford healthy snacks for students, employ tutors, and welcome over 200 visits each year on-campus and online. Thank you for our center, Ada Stokes! 

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