Cooper Center Staff


Dr. Rick Cypert has served as the director of the Cooper Center since it opened in 1996. He also serves as chair of the English Department where he teaches courses in writing and language theory.  Interested in the theory and practice of pedagogy, he also teaches courses for the Education Department.

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 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.

Natalie Graves is a junior political science major interested in law. She plays soccer at NWU and is excited to help you improve your writing, speaking, and study skills!

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.

Makena Kelly is a junior at NWU. She is an English major and journalism minor and is currently the Co-Editor of the Wesleyan Yip. Her hobbies include reading and storytelling, whether it be through words or photos.

Nathan Kramer is a junior double majoring in political science and Spanish. He is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and Model United Nations. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys consuming copious amount of food while watching Netflix.

Jeremiah Lee is a senior studying accounting and history. He is involved on campus with many organizations such as University Ministries, SAS, History Club, and IRO. He is also from Arizona and is here in Nebraska to escape the heat, but he is bracing himself for the bitter cold.

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.

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 Mathers is a political science major with a minor in Economics. He tries to take advantage of the many academic opportunities that NWU provides, most notable of which was a two-week research trip to Scotland in the Summer of 2016. Outside of school, Evan enjoys golfing and reminiscing about Harambe.

Chelsea Renz is a junior Spanish and psychology double-major and, along with working at the amazing Cooper Center, she is also a teaching assistant for Intro to Psych. In Chelsea's free time, she is hanging out with her sorority sisters at Alpha Gamma Delta, drinking coffee, or training her rat for the Xtreme Rat Challenge.

Ellen Richert is a junior political science and English double-major. She writes for the English Department's blog and serves as the secretary for Willard sorority. Ellen has high hopes of becoming a novelist, a Supreme Court Justice, and the female version of Quentin Tarantino.

Andrew Seuferer is a senior vocal music education major. He hopes to one day pursue a career as a middle school vocal music teacher in Lincoln, NE. Andrew is also the president of the Wesleyan ACDA chapter, a board member for the NAFME chapter, and a member of the music department honorary Mu Phi Epsilon.

Olivia Sharp is a junior 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

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.

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.

Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Susan Burgess is a junior at NWU and is originally from Omaha, NE. She graduated from Omaha Burke High School and is pursuing a major in accounting with a minor in writing. Susan was a member of the volleyball team and currently is a member of the creative writing club as well as being an SI leader. She enjoys running in 5ks for charity events and volunteering for the FARKLE Fund. Her favorite food is breakfast food and she loves meeting new people; so, if you see her around don't be afraid to say hi!!

Madison Ethen is a junior accounting major from Elkhorn, Nebraska. She is also a member of the softball team and the Wesleyan Student Alumni Association. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, play slow pitch softball, and hang out with her friends.

Rachel Kendall is a SI leader for chemistry. This is her second year as a leader for the SI program. Rachel is a junior 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, Cru, and volunteers every Sunday at Food Net. This year she is also doing an internship with Performance Physical Therapy.

Kylie Sestak is a sophomore at NWU. She is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. Kylie is also on the NWU volleyball team and a member of the Pre-Health club.

Riley Shenk is a third-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 senior business administration major with minors in communications and marketing. This is her second 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.

Landen Thieman is a junior accounting major from Norfolk, NE. When he is not crunching numbers, he spends his time playing on the NWU football team.

Contact or visit us:

Cooper Center
Cochrane-Woods Library, Rm 317
Lincoln, NE 68504

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.