Kim (right) with her scholarly idol, Deborah Brandt (left)

After over 20 years spent in the CLC Writing Center, Kim Voss has decided to retire and take on new adventures–both at home and on the road. The CLC Writing Center will be holding both an in-person as well as virtual retirement celebration to honor Kim on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. We invite all current CLC staff as well as any former CLC Writing Center tutors to join us.


Come join us in the Japanese Garden from 2:00 – 4:00 pm! We’ll celebrate Kim’s time at CLC by sharing stories and some sweet treats. Drop in anytime but the presentation and storytelling will start at 2:30 pm. [If the weather is bad, we will move the party to the back of Cafe Willow.]


In order to reach as many former writing center and CLC staff as possible, we will also be holding a virtual celebration the same day from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. If you would like to attend this event, please complete the following Zoom registration form and the Zoom link will be sent to your email.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the party organizers:  Jenny Staben ( or Brigette Dumblauskas (

A Bit about Kim

Kim Voss (then Kim Lewis) started at the CLC Writing Center in August 2000 as a peer writing tutor, recommended for the position by her English 121 instructor, Sean Murphy. As a returning adult student, Kim originally planned to get a certificate in Medical Billing. However, it took less than a month of working in the writing center for Kim to realize that she wanted to pursue an English degree and to support writers–one-on-one and in the classroom.

Kim continued to work in the CLC Writing Center as she pursued her educational goals–graduating with an Associates degree from CLC and transferring to Lake Forest College to major in English and secondary education. After graduating from Lake Forest College, Kim realized that she wanted to work with college-level writers so she enrolled in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse program at DePaul University and earned her Master’s degree. During this time, Kim advanced at the college from student tutor to professional tutor to Evening Specialist in the Writing Center and finally to Student Services Coordinator, a position she has held since September 2006.

Over these last fifteen years, Kim has worked with over fourteen cohorts of new peer writing tutors–helping to recruit and train them initially as well as continuing to mentor and guide them throughout their time in the center. In addition, Kim has supported a strong cohort of professional tutors, many who have gone on to teach as adjuncts in the English department and several who have become full-time faculty members. Over the years, Kim has given countless writing center orientations–speaking to classes not only in the English department but across the college. As a supervisor and co-worker, Kim is known for her mix of firm kindness and kind firmness, as well as her organization and generosity. Her presence and guiding hand in the writing center will be sorely missed when she leaves us at the end of September.

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