Cooper Center Staff


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

Lisette Torres-Gerald serves as the assistant director of the Cooper Center, supervising the center's student consultants and working with the supplemental instruction (SI) program. This semester, she is teaching an Archway Seminar on communication, public engagement, and activism in science. She is a passionate Boricua mother-scholar who is hoping to have a positive impact on the NWU community.

Consultants for Spanish Assistance

Giovanna Brazon is a senior psychology major with a human resources and peace and justice minor. She has been involved in Global Service Learning, International Justice Mission, International Relations Organization, and Cru. In addition to revising Spanish composition papers, Giovanna enjoys traveling, sunny days, sunflowers, coffee, and summer. If you ever have any language question or speech concerns, feel free to stop by; she will be more than happy to help.

Consultants for English Assistance

Ashley Bykerk is a senior political science major with a minor in history. On campus, she is involved in Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Pre-Law Club. One of her favorite college experiences was participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) and interning at the White House. Her future plans include going to law school and pursuing a career in government and law.

Nic Carlson is a senior philosophy major and English minor. He hopes to someday find a job where he can utilize his skill in logic and his love for writing because, let's face it, he will probably never be good enough at Super Smash Brothers Melee to play professionally.

Anna Donley is a sophomore psychology and Spanish double major with a gender studies minor. She hopes to one day pursue a career in clinical psychology, but until then, she wants to travel the world and adopt at least eleven dogs. Anna is also a member of Willard Sorority, Global Service Learning, the Gender Advocacy Place, and more. She loves drinking coffee, journaling, sharing terrible puns, playing the violin, and spending time with her #1 and only friend, Cassity Youssef.

Sheffer Harbert is a biology major in his junior year. He aspires to go to medical school, but he has also been working on an English minor on the side.

Rachel Kirschenmann is a senior pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and history as well as a minor in French. She spent her last semester in Washington, D.C., as part of NWU's Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) and interned in NASA’s History Office. As an intern, she assisted with the office’s social media and learned a lot of cool space facts. She loves to play trumpet and enjoys being in the University Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Quintet at NWU. In her spare time, you can find Rachael doing crossword puzzles or taking advantage of the excellent bike trails around Lincoln.

Janelle Lucas is a sophomore at NWU majoring in math with a secondary education endorsement. This is her first semester working in the Cooper Center. She is also the feature baton twirler for NWU and enjoys twirling at all the home football and basketball games.

Aaron Miller is a senior pursuing a bachelor's in instrumental/vocal music education. He is currently student teaching at Lincoln North Star High School and Prescott Elementary School. Aaron has composed works for various ensembles at NWU. His most recent work was premiered by the NWU University Choir and taken on its annual winter tour across Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico. After graduation, Aaron plans to pursue graduate study in music composition or to teach in the public schools.

Jake Miller is a senior English major, with minors in journalism and legal studies. Aside from being a consultant, he is also Vice President of NWU's Pre-Law Club, an athletically challenged role player on the university basketball team, and a former editor of the school paper. After his time at NWU, he plans to attend law school and/or move in with Michele (his mother). He's incredibly happy to be here.

Ann Marie Murray is a senior mathematics major from Lincoln, NE. This is her second year working at the Cooper Center. She is also involved at NWU as a Peer Assistant in Centennial Hall, Co-Captain of the Gold Rush Dance Team, member of the University Judiciary Board, and much more. Ann Marie looks forward to working with you at the Cooper Center.

Emily Scholting is a senior political science and music double major with a minor in legal studies. This is her second year working at the Cooper Center, and she is also involved in the Symphonic Band, NWU's Pre-Law Club, and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity. After finishing her career at NWU, Emily plans to attend law school and eventually work with agricultural law. She enjoys learning about agriculture, watching hockey, completing mediocre craft projects, and hanging out with her family's cows.

Olivia Sharp is a sophomore biology major and sociology-anthropology minor here at NWU. After graduation, she wants to go to pharmacy school. Olivia is a part of Greek Life and is in the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta. Her free time consists of spending time with her sorority sisters, watching Netflix, and looking up pictures of cute animals.

Tarryn Tietjen is a senior double-major in psychology and communication studies. She is a second-year consultant and is involved in Student Affairs Senate, Homecoming Committee, Psi Chi, and Lambda Pi Eta. Tarryn has traveled to three countries (Italy, Denmark, and Estonia) and will be traveling to Haiti in January for a medical mission trip. Outside of traveling, she enjoys working out, baking, and crafting.

Ashley Trent is a freshman this year working towards a degree in high school English education. She participates in the Women's Ensemble in the Music Department here at NWU. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and a good book.

Cassity Youssef is a sophomore psychology major with minors in biology and German. She is involved in Willard Sorority, WASA, Society of Scholars, and Relay for Life. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and hanging out with her sorority sisters. After NWU, Cassity plans on attending optometry school to become a licensed Doctor of Optometry.

Help Desk Workers

Gonzalo Cano is a sophomore from Monterrey, Mexico, majoring in international business. He is also a part of the Prairie Wolves Football Team as a kicker. He is happy to help and make sure that your Cooper Center experience is great and comfortable. In addition, if you need any help with Spanish, he is a great resource.

Hannah Luebbe is now in her second year of being a help desk worker at the Cooper Center. She is from Ashland, NE and is a senior elementary education major. Hannah enjoys being outside, watching documentaries, and hanging out with her cats.

Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Susan Burgess is a sophomore accounting major. She is from Omaha, NE and graduated from Omaha Burke High School. She played volleyball for Premier for 6 years. Susan also loves to be involved around campus!

Rachel Kendall is a SI leader for chemistry. This is her first year as a leader for the SI program. Rachel is a sophomore here at NWU and is majoring in exercise science with a minor in business. She is also involved in the Society of Scholars, HHP club, and crew.

Kylie Stuart is a junior business administration major with minors in communications and marketing. This is her first year as a SI leader in accounting. She is not only a full-time student and SI leader, but she also teaches dance, waitresses, and is a captain for the Gold Rush Dance Team here at NWU. In her free time, Kylie enjoys movie watching, long drives, and, of course, shopping.

Carly Wahlmeier is a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She is originally from Grand Island, NE. She is currently involved in the NWU swim team, Pre-health club, Tri-Beta, and the Society of Scholars. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, and reading.