Learning Center/Writing Studio

Meet the Learning Center Staff

Meet the dedicated staff at the Learning Center.

Joanna Nemeh

Office: WAC L-110
Phone: 773-298-3763
Email: nemeh@sxu.edu

Hi! My name is Joanna Nemeh, and I am the director of the Learning Center.

I received my B.A. from SXU in Philosophy and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Jewish Studies. I teach in the Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology Department as well as in the Honors program. My area of concentration is in feminism, particularly Jewish feminism and the Hebrew Bible. I, along with the dedicated faculty and staff, have spent years identifying and responding to the strengths and needs of our University's evolving and growing community. The Learning Center embodies this commitment. Our skilled peer tutors and writing consultants aim to empower students. As an HSI (Hispanic serving institution) I want the Learning Center to support the historically underserved, the first-generation, and multilingual students, as well as strengthen the writing and critical thinking skills of those starting, continuing, and returning to college.

I have been a member of SXU for several years (decades, really) and can answer just about any question you have. My office door is always open!

Sara Bellus

Office: WAC L-110
Phone: 773-298-5148
Email: bellus@sxu.edu

I'm Sara Bellus, and I am the Math Specialist in the Learning Center at Saint Xavier University.

Having worked previously as a Math Teacher and Department Head at Phoenix Military Academy. While there, I taught Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and everything in between. I have also worked as a one-on-one tutor for a number of years, focusing mostly on math, test prep, and executive functioning skills. I graduated from UIC with a degree in Teaching of Math, and I hold endorsements in Mathematics, Secondary Education, and Physics. I am excited to help further Saint Xavier's mission and vision. I have a strong commitment to equal educational access for all, particularly for communities who are traditionally underserved and for those who experience barriers to higher education.

I am available to tutor in several areas of math, and I look forward to working with you!

Melanie Senerchia

Office: WAC L-108
Phone: 773-298-5148
Email: senerchia@sxu.edu

Hi, my name is Melanie Senerchia and I am the coordinator of the Learning Center

I provide administrative support to the Learning Center. As a native of Chicago, I have worked at Saint Xavier University for over five years. I am a first-generation college graduate receiving my B.A. from SXU in 2017 while working full time. I attribute my academic success not only to the support of my family, but the Learning Center as well. I took advantage of the subject tutoring and the writing consultations, especially when I was in Senior Seminar. I developed a strong sense of devotion to Saint Xavier University and a deep appreciation for the diverse student population and the services offered on campus and the Learning Center.

My goal is to continue to support the development of each student utilizing the Learning Center as they transition to their future careers.