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 year, she is the adviser for M.O.S.A.I.C. She is a passionate Boricua mother-scholar who is hoping to have a positive impact on the NWU community. She loves to read and do Taiji.

Coordinators for Adult and Graduate Students

Dr. Melissa Hamilton Hayes serves as a Coordinator of Cooper Center Services for Adult and Graduate Programs on the Lincoln campus. Dr. Hayes has specialties in 20th century American literature and rhetoric and composition, with an interest in women writers, spirituality, and memoir. She teaches Masterpieces of Literature for the Advantage Program. As a certified yoga instructor, she also teaches Yoga I for the HHP Department. She loves gardening with her husband, hanging out with her kids, and running or playing fetch with her chocolate lab.

Dr. Jeff Lang serves as a Coordinator of Cooper Center Services for Adult and Graduate Programs on the Omaha campus. He has been a faculty member at NWU and is currently an Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment at Creighton University. He is available for appointments regarding writing consultation, public speaking, and study skills. Jeff can be reached at jlang2 [at] or 402.827.3555.

Consultants for English Assistance

Stephanie Alvarado is a sophomore chemistry major. Stephanie enjoys being in the lab as much as she enjoys being in the Cooper Center! She also loves flamingos and llamas.

Jennifer Clymer is a first-year student at NWU. She is an anticipated psychology major and journalism minor. She has a bubbly personality and can get along with almost anybody. She is delighted by dogs, music, and the color yellow.

Nathan Kramer is a jpolitical science major who participated in CHIP.

Jimmy Lowe is a first year English major. He is involved with the Pride Alliance, Society of Scholars, and Gender Advocacy Place. He is also involved in University Choir and Chamber Choir. He likes to spend his time binge-watching or binge-reading.

Janelle Lucas is a junior at NWU majoring in math with a secondary education endorsement. This is her second 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.

Evan Matthers

Chelsea Renz

Ashley Trent is a sophomore 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.

Help Desk Workers

Mimi Charron

Sarah Behlen

Supplemental Instruction Leaders

An Ho is an international student from Vietnam, and he is currently a junior majoring in chemistry with a minor in math.  He is employed as a SI leader this semester to gain experience working with people in the field of chemistry.

Eli Lundak is a second year student at NWU majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. On campus, he is actively involved in Student Ambassadors, New Student Programs, Pre-Health Club, Yoga Club, Society of Scholars, and Huge Society of Scholars and Leaders. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and listening to music.

Contact or visit us:

Cooper Center

Cochrane-Woods Library, Rm 317
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2326

Monday – Thursday, 4–10 p.m.
Sunday, 6–10 p.m.

Fall Recess – October 14 – 18
Thanksgiving Recess – begins Nov. 23
Winter Recess – begins Dec. 16 at 10 p.m.