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

Sarah Baker is a senior instrumental music education major from Lincoln, NE, who plans to attend graduate school for women's and gender studies. As a member of the University Choir, Sarah has traveled to Austin, TX, New York City, and Ireland to sing and perform with her peers and friends. She plans to graduate in May and move out of Lincoln, destination unknown, with her partner and her puppy. Sarah's hobbies include, but are not limited to: rock climbing, walking her dog, Netflix, sleeping, reading, and decorating.

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.

Sheffer Harbert is a Biology major.

Makena Kelly is a theatre major in her second year here at NWU. She is very excited about her first year working at the Cooper Center. She loves to keep busy, but in her free time, she loves to bake and read.

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.

Aaron Miller is a Music Education major.

Jake Miller is an English major.

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.

Brianna Poppert is a senior history and social science education major. She hopes to become a social studies teacher for secondary students. Omaha is her hometown and this fall semester (of 2015) will be her third semester working as a Cooper Center consultant.

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.

Alex Souliere is entering his second year at NWU and his first year as a Cooper Center consultant. Although he has not yet declared a major, he is most skilled with history papers, research papers (and research, in general), writing killer one-liners, and generally being exceptionally handsome. Alex was born and raised in Lincoln, NE, has recently resumed competitive fencing, is a fantasy football enthusiast, and can play almost four songs on a tin whistle.

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.

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 Luebe 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

Madison Ethen is a sophomore accounting major serving as a SI leader for accounting students. She is a member of the softball team along with being a member of NWU Catholic and FCA. Madison loves sports and is getting a minor in sports management. She dreams of going to law school to eventually become a business executive in the NFL.

Christian Jones serves as an Accounting SI Leader.

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.

Ty Kuenning is a third year accounting major and SI leader for accounting. He is from North Platte, NE. Working in the Business Office on campus has provided him with real-world experience in accounting procedures. Ty is also involved in Student Affairs Senate, New Student Programs, Wesleyan Entertainment Board, and Homecoming Committee. His other hobbies include golfing, wakeboarding, and hanging out with friends and family.

LeighAnn Novotny is from Louisville, NE, and is a sophomore at NWU. She is officially undecided as a major, though she plans to major in mathematics. She is also a part of the NWU softball team. In her free time she likes to watch movies and read.

Kaleena Rains serves as a Chemistry SI Leader.

Riley Shenk is a second-year student studying biochemistry. Once he graduates, he plans to go on to medical school to study pediatrics. When not in class, he can be found in the music building practicing euphonium. He is actively engaged in M.O.S.A.I.C., Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Pre-health club, University Band, and intramurals. Feel free to stop by and ask him any questions that you have about chemistry, and he will gladly answer them for you.

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.