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

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] nebrwesleyan.edu or 402.827.3555.

Consultants for Spanish Assistance

Gonzalo Cano is a junior from Monterrey, Mexico, majoring in international business. He serves as our help desk worker, Spanish consultant (as needed), and services promotor. 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.

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.

Carlin Daharsh is a junior Spanish and political science double-major. She has student-instructed for an Archway course, studied abroad in Ecuador as a Gilman Scholar, and is currently an intern for the Latin American News Digest and Nebraska State Capitol. She is excited to join the Cooper Center team and contribute her research, writing, and Spanish skillsets!

Mitchell Heavican is a senior English major with plans to pursue a legal career after attending law school. On campus, he stays busy as the Zeta Psi Fraternity Social Chair, planning Colleges Against Cancer, working with Ambassadors, and writing for The Yip newspaper.

Austyn Hughes is a history major and a junior at NWU. He is a self-proclaimed Star Trek expert and a fan of 1980s action movies. He enjoys spending his spare time listening to loud rock and roll music and playing twenty year-old video games, usually at the same time.

Jessica Liberator is pursuing a degree in instrumental and vocal music education with an emphasis on vocal music at NWU. She is an active member and officer in multiple organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and Mu Phi Epsilon. She is looking forward to teaching voice lessons, working as a vocal or general music teacher, and continuing her involvement in the worship arts.

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.

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.

Allison Vester is a first year global studies and German major. She is involved with the International Relations Organization, the Pride Alliance, and Chamber Choir. She is currently teaching herself to play ukulele.

Cassity Youssef is a junior psychology major with a minor in biology. She is involved in Willard Sorority, WASA, Society of Scholars, Psych Club, Relay for Life, and is an Archway student assistant. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, drinking too much coffee, taking naps, hanging out with her sorority sisters, and missing her #1 bff, Anna Donley, who is studying abroad in Mexico for a year. After NWU, Cassity plans on attending optometry school to become a licensed Doctor of Optometry.

Help Desk Workers

Gonzalo Cano is a junior from Monterrey, Mexico, majoring in international business. He serves as our help desk worker, Spanish consultant (as needed), and services promotor. 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.

Shane Sedlak is planning to major in political science with a minor in journalism. He enjoys discussing (and arguing) politics, writing for The Yip, reading, and creating music with his band, The Phosphenes.

Jialin (Susie) Yu is an international student from northern China. She is a senior majoring in elementary education, and she is trying hard to be an excellent teacher. She is happy to work at the helping desk at the Cooper Center as well as help anyone with their Mandarin!

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

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

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