December 05, 2008
University Professor, Tom Philipose, will be a contestant in the
“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” hot seat with host Meredith Vieira,
on Tuesday, December 9. “Millionaire” can be seen locally in
the New York City area on WABC (Channel 7), weekdays at 12:30
Philipose, who is the Associate Director of the St. John’s
University Writing Center, was encouraged to try-out for
“Millionaire” by Kathleen Honan ’07 CPS, a St. John’s University
graduate who worked for Philipose as an undergraduate writing
consultant in the Center, helping her peers improve their writing
skills. Philipose selected Honan to serve as one of his three
potential “Phone A Friends” for his taping.
New for this season, the “Ask The Expert” lifeline enables
contestants to connect with a pre-determined “Expert” via a live
face-to-face video call. Pat Kiernan, news anchor for NY1 in
New York City sat in as the resident “Expert” for shows airing
Monday, December 8 – Friday, December 12.
In the Writing Center, Philipose works closely with students who
want to improve their writing skills, by helping them realize that
becoming a better writer requires planning, effort, and
The newly expanded Writing Center is part of the Institute for
Writing Studies, the centerpiece of the University's commitment to
writing, which integrates the Writing Centers on the Queens and
Staten Island campuses, a new First-Year Writing program, and a new
Writing Across the Curriculum program.
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