Cooper Center Staff

Director

Dr. Rick Cypert serves as director of the Cooper Center and teaches in the English Department. His specialty is language theory, which includes a whole series of topics: history of the language, composition theory, linguistics, history of rhetoric and rhetorical theory. In addition, he serves as the custodian of what he calls NWU's Hellenic Cultural Center; his office -- Old Main 117 -- is full of posters, artwork, slides and books on ancient and modern Greece. From time to time he sponsors trips (for academic credit) to Greece.

Assistant Director

Professor Sheryl Rinkol serves as the assistant director of the Cooper Center, supervising the center's student consultants and works with the supplemental instruction (SI) program. This semester, she is teaching an LAS on Titanic. Her office is OM 110.

Consultants for Spanish Assistance

Alicia Castiñeiras Domínguez is a senior Translation and Interpreting student from Galicia (Spain). She is currently an ISEP exchange student and will stay at Wesleyan for two semesters. She loves foreign languages and learning about other cultures and she had also participated in an exchange program in Graz (Austria). She is looking forward to helping you with your Spanish.

Clayton Damme is a Spanish consultant at the Cooper Center. This is his first year as a consultant. Clayton is from the small town of Talmage, Nebraska. He is a double major in Spanish and Biology and has Chemistry as a minor. Clayton is also involved in Student Affairs Senate, New Student Orientation, and is a Language Lab Consultant.

His interests include working out, playing the piano, drinking coffee, eating guacamole, and traveling. (He has been to 8 countries and plans on studying abroad in Uruguay this spring semester.)

Meg Nickman is a third-year student at Nebraska Wesleyan eagerly pursuing a degree in Spanish and Communication with a French minor. A recent returnee from a study abroad experience in Managua, Nicaragua, she prefers to read, write, listen and speak Spanish with all who are willing. A true Lincoln native, she finds herself plagued with vagrant tendencies as she ambitiously plans her next expedition. Feel free to stop in with any language questions or speech concerns!

Hannah Smith is a Spanish and Global Studies major in her third year at Wesleyan. She has recently returned from a year abroad in Murcia, Spain, where she finetuned her Spanish communication skills and enjoyed the opportunity to explore Europe. In addition to revising Spanish Composition papers, Hannah can assist any individual looking to advance their Harry Potter trivia knowledge as she is a big fan.

Consultants for English Assistance

Sarah Ashley

Sammi Campbell is a Senior English and Philosophy major with a minor in Gender Studies. She hails from Denver, Colorado, and when she is not broadcasting on The Pack Radio, working at the Women's Resource Center, or at the Coop, she can be found under a blanket reading or watching Netflix with a cup of Earl Grey tea. She is a big picture thinker with a unique approach to consulting. She is best at brainstorming sessions, MLA format, and logical organization of papers.

Andrew Cannon is a senior biochemistry major and Spanish minor. Once he graduates, he plans to enter an M.D./PhD dual degree program to pursue a career in biomedical research. In addition to working at the Cooper Center, Andrew works in a metallobiochemsitry lab at UNL. In his free time, he enjoys candle-lit dinners and long walks on the beach as well as reading, cooking, exercising, playing any type of athletics, and fishing. He does not really enjoy two of the above activities. Finally, this is the most he has ever written about himself in third person.

Karolinn Fiscaletti is a senior English major with particular interests in both argumentative and creative writing. Currently doubling as the Cooper Center's consultant for Wesleyan's Omaha Advantage program, she especially enjoys working with international, graduate, non-traditional and first-year students. When not at the Cooper Center, she enjoys reading and writing poetry and literary criticism, dabbling in mathematics, editing for the Flintlock, organizing Sigma Tau Delta, participating in friendly debate, and drinking apple cider.

Chelsea Johnson

Jordan Klimek is a senior Biochemistry and History major and this is his third year of working at the Cooper Center. He aspires to attend law school after graduation and would like to work in public service someday, making his job at the Cooper Center ideal preparation.

Natalie Micale, a junior, is a double major in Theatre and Political Communication with a minor in journalism; thus she has always been passionate about English and writing. Most of the time, you will find Natalie in the Reveille Office working on a podcast for the radio station or editing articles for the paper. Natalie also loves to work out at Aspen Fitness and she loves to shop at the mall next door. Since Natalie is imaginative and creative, she is most excited to help any who come to her with fiction or nonfiction writing. Natalie looks forward to helping you with all of your writing needs.

Ross Mumford is a junior pursuing a degree in Music and Elementary Education. However, when not in class, he can be found roaming the campus with friends, working out at the Weary Center, or singing in the University Choir. Having grown up in the small town of Elmwood, Nebraska, he thoroughly enjoys being friendly, having a smile on his face, and getting to know everyone. Aside from the Cooper Center, Ross is involved in Student Affairs Senate, NAfME, and Greek life. He is also co-instructing an LAS class this fall and would love to answer any questions you may have about research, writing, or studies in general. He is very excited about all his future endeavors with the Cooper Center, for he's always looking forward to new challenges and helping everyone with their writing and speaking skills.

Zenaida Smith is a senior theatre major who needed an outlet for her writing and revising addiction because an English minor lasts so long. Her Cooper Center specialties include creative writing, speech/presentation skills, and general research skills and research paper skills. Specialties beyond her work are drawing, canoeing, spitting movie trivia, cooking Asian cuisine, and creative writing. After her May graduation, she has her fingers crossed that she has saved enough money to take flight to the West Coast and pursue a career in acting.

Leslie Satterfield is very excited about starting her third year of university. She is working on a double major in German and Spanish, and a minor in Sociology. She studied in Graz, Austria, her sophomore year and spent most of the time being amazed by public transportation and desperately craving Mexican food. In the spring semester, she is going to study in Mexico where, hopefully, all of her culinary dreams will come true. Although she loves traveling, her hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado, will always be homebase. Leslie consults for English papers, Spanish stages I and II, and will do her best to solve any German-language crises.

Jesse Wohlman is a senior vocal music major at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is actively involved in the University Choir and Opera program and plans to attend grad school to obtain his Master’s in vocal performance. Mr. Wohlman is also an active folk musician within the Lincoln community, playing original music at local bars and coffee shops and even providing original music for dramatic productions on campus. Jesse also enjoys drawing, listening to records, watching documentaries and hanging out with friends.

Help Desk Workers

Chase Christner joins the Cooper Center staff as a help desk worker. He is a senior this year studying English and Journalism. Chase is originally from Cozad, Nebraska, and holds a world record in ultimate frisbee for longest game played.

Kaitlynne Larson

Jerrold R Warren is in his second year of being a help desk worker. He is from Omaha, Nebraska, and is a History and Education major. He cooks a lot and during the summers he likes to back pack and mountain climb.