Kinkel Center for Academic Resources

Providing Academic Support for all Fontbonne University Students

Success Starts Here

Located in Room 205 of the Jack C. Taylor Library, The Kinkel Center is your resource for academic accommodations, tutoring, and test proctoring services.

Our Mission

The Kinkel Center for Academic Resources fosters each student’s academic pursuits by providing academic tutoring, coaching, and disability accommodations as each student strives for academic excellence, serves as consultants to students, faculty and staff, and educates the campus community on available academic resources and disability related issues.

Kinkel Center Hours*

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

*Hours may change based on Library operating hours. Please see Library Hours for a current list.

For questions and additional information, please call our office at (314) 889-4571.

Tutoring for Excellence

The Kinkel Center offers tutoring for each Fontbonne University student free of charge. Every student can access two hours of tutoring per subject of study each week.

Please apply for a tutor as early as possible in the semester to allow enough time for a tutor to be found for all other subjects, including Computer Science, History, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology or Religion.

To request a tutor for the above subjects, download the Tutor Request Form.
To apply to be a tutor for the above subjects, download the Tutor Application Form.

Our tutors are professionals in their respective fields, and may be reached by scheduling an appointment.

Meet The Tutors

Peggy Muldoon, MA, Writing/Communication Specialist

Peggy is one of our two Writing Specialists. In addition to writing expertise, Peggy also is available to tutor individuals with oral presentations and communications assignments.

Writing Specialists can assist students during all phases of the writing process – from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. During a tutoring appointment, a Writing Specialist will ask the student to explain the assignment and to provide guidelines (if available) for the assignment. The specialist will then review and comment on the paper, generally identifying Higher Order Concerns (HOCS) such as organization, clarity, and focus, followed by Lower Order Concerns (LOCS) such as grammar, punctuation, or usage errors.

Writing Specialists are not editors, but tutors. By engaging students in a conversation about their papers, our Specialists instill the habits of effective writing. Like any author, students are ultimately responsible for the written work.

To submit a paper to the online writing service, email the paper as a Word Document to writing@fontbonne.edu. Include a description of the assignment, the instructor’s name, and your student ID number.

Your paper will be reviewed within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Peggy may be reached by phone at (314)889-4725.

Paul Nieman, MBA, Business Specialist

Paul has the experience and insight to tackle event the trickiest business questions.   Please arrive for your session with all appropriate materials.

Available be appointment on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reach Paul by phone at (314) 889-4571.

Teresa Sweeney, MFA, Writing Specialist

Teresa is one of our two Writing Specialists. With passion and a penchant for details, Teresa tutors with each student’s unique needs in mind.

Writing Specialists can assist students during all phases of the writing process – from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. During a tutoring appointment, a Writing Specialist will ask the student to explain the assignment and to provide guidelines (if available) for the assignment. The specialist will then review and comment on the paper, generally identifying Higher Order Concerns (HOCS) such as organization, clarity, and focus, followed by Lower Order Concerns (LOCS) such as grammar, punctuation, or usage errors.

Writing Specialists are not editors, but tutors. By engaging students in a conversation about their papers, our Specialists instill the habits of effective writing. Like any author, students are ultimately responsible for the written work.

To submit a paper to the online writing service, email the paper as a Word Document to writing@fontbonne.edu. Include a description of the assignment, the instructor’s name, and your student ID number.

Your paper will be reviewed within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Teresa may be reached by phone at (314) 719-3608.

Jane Sneed, MAT, Math Specialist

Jane has taught math courses for thirty-three years, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of math with any willing ear. When preparing for an appointment, please be sure to bring any relevant text books, a calculator, and arrive with a general awareness of what specific skills you are looking to learn. Jane cannot help students solve specific problems given as homework or as part of a take-home test.

Math questions can be submitted by emailing JSneed@Fontbonne.edu. Jane may be reached at (314) 889-4571 or (314) 719-8085.

Student Resources

  • General Composition, Citations & References Help

    Instructors at Fontbonne University typically require students to format their papers, including citations and references, according to the style guide of either the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Modern Languages Association (MLA).  APA is used more widely at Fontbonne across the disciplines, and MLA is used primarily in English classes.  These links provide citation and reference models and a variety of other information regarding APA and MLA styles. For further help with the MLA or APA formatting guidelines, please contact one of our a Writing Specialist.

    Four Components of an Effective Body Paragraph

    How to Organize a Paper: A Framework for Success

    The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    OWL offers free resources in writing, research, grammar and style guides.

    Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online
    Diana Hacker, author of A Pocket Style Manual, offers examples of citations and references for almost all types of sources in both MLA and APA formats.

    The American Psychological Association’s APA Style 
    The APA provides tips and advice for using the APA style manual and guidelines.

    The Modern Language Association’s Frequently Asked Questions about MLA Style 
    The MLA provides tips and advice for using the MLA style manual and guidelines.

    EB Communication’s The Style Wizard
    The Style Wizard offers a template to create APA references for the current edition (the Fifth Edition).  The Style Wizard italicizes properly, but  you need to capitalize following the APA guidelines, which are supplied.  For most websites, skip numbers 5 and 6 and remove “,  Web site:” from the completed reference.

    Landmark’s Son of Citation Machine
    The Citation Machine offers a template to create APA and MLA references and citations. The template provides some formatting, so double check the completed reference against Hacker’s examples.

  • Information for Online Students

    For help on a paper, email the paper to writing@fontbonne.edu. Please include the instructor’s name, your student ID number, and a copy of the assignment. Writing Specialists can assist students during all phases of the writing process – from brainstorming to polishing a final draft.  Although you will probably receive a response earlier, please allow 48 hours for a response, excluding weekends and holidays.  Phone appointments and Skype appointments are also available; please call 314-889-4571 to schedule either one.

    For help with math, email math@fontbonne.edu

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     

    1. Who do I contact about accommodations for a disability under the ADA?

    If you have questions about academic accommodations under the ADA, please email kpelzel@fontbonne.edu. Fontbonne University’s policies and procedures regarding the ADA can be found on on the left hand side of this webpage near the top of the screen.

    2. I am in an online course. How do I schedule a proctored test at Fontbonne University?

    The Kinkel Center, located on the second floor of the Library, is open 72 hours a week, except for University holidays. We provide testing availability seven (7) days a week. Fontbonne students must select the Schedule an Appointment icon at the top of this webpage, build a profile, and then schedule their appointment. If calling by phone, students must establish their appointment at least 48 hours before the test to insure proctor availability. Students must produce a Fontbonne University ID or appropriate government-issued identification that has a picture such as a passport, driver’s license, or a military ID. For third-party (Non-Fontbonne) students, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. There is a $20 proctoring fee to be paid in cash at the beginning of the test.

    3. I am a student in an online course. How can I schedule a test in my location?

    It is the student’s responsibility to identify a secure testing site and a proctor who can serve in an official testing capacity and guarantee test security. For an 8-week course the proctor must be located within the first 5 days of the course; for a full semester course, the proctor must be located within the first two weeks of the course.

    A suitable proctor could be a staff person at a college or university such as the director or assistant in a learning center, a faculty member, a librarian or assistant at a college / university or public library, a professional supervisor, a supervising military officer, or a corporate human resource officer. The testing site location must be secure and the proctor must serve in an easily identifiable employment capacity. Most universities charge a fee of approximately $20 – $45 for proctoring exams from other universities unless the students are also enrolled in the proctoring university.

Faculty Resources

  • We Can Bring Presentations To Your Classroom!

    The Kinkel Center for Academic Resources wants to make these classroom presentations available to you as an instructor and your students through electronic links or with custom made presentations given directly to the students in your class:

     Classroom Presentation Topics:

      • How to Write an Essay: From Brainstorming to Final Draft
        This presentation takes students through the writing process: brainstorming a Topic, creating a Thesis Statement, building an Outline, organizing Body Paragraphs, writing a Conclusion.
      • APA or MLA Research Style: How to Integrate and Cite Sources in a Research Paper
        This presentation explains the elements of APA or MLA research style focusing on integrating sources, creating effective in-text citations, formatting Reference or Works Cited pages.
      • Oral Presentations: How to Organize and Prepare PowerPoint Presentations
        This Presentation takes students through the organization of a PowerPoint presentation, the use of oral documentation, and preparation for oral delivery.
      • Plagiarism in the Internet Age: What Is It and What Are Its Consequences?
        This presentation helps students to understand what plagiarism is in its myriad forms , what to do to avoid it, and specifically identifies the Fontbonne University policy on plagiarism.

    Ideally these presentations are an hour long; however the Kinkel Center staff will organize any of these presentations to fit into whatever time works for you and your class.  Please call Peggy Muldoon 314-889-4725 or Teresa Sweeney 314-719-3608 if you are interested in any of these presentations.  We will be delighted to work out a presentation that fits your classroom needs.

     

  • Helpful Handouts

    Researching A Paper

    Literature Review: An information sheet on how to write this important part of a thesis.

    Example of outline paper

  • Testing Services - Faculty Responsibilities

    The Kinkel Center provides testing services for students with disabilities, online courses, and individual students referred by instructors.  Here is the testing protocol for instructors:

    1. Complete the Kinkel Center testing envelope (available in the center and the mailroom) with specific directions for administration of the test (proctors follow these exact directions).

    2. Bring the test to the Kinkel Center or leave in Kinkel Center’s mailbox in the mailroom at least 24 hours prior to the test date. The Kinkel Center does not accept emailed tests.