Our Mission

The mission of Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST) is to engage, empower, and support all students in and out of the classroom. We provide academic and transition coaching, peer mentors, and interactive workshops aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Location

CAST is on City Campus in Love South Library 127. Co-located with Explore Center, the goal is to expose students to advising, research opportunities, and encourage academic success all in collaboration with University Libraries. This unique space offers a conference room, computers for students to check email, and a friendly front desk staff to assist students.

1248 R St.
Love South 127
P.O. Box 884109
Lincoln, NE 68588-4109
Phone: 402-472-1880
Fax: 402-472-3630
E-mail: success@unl.edu

Love Library

What is Coaching?

Our coaches build supportive relationships with students to identify areas for enhancement, learn study and life skills, and create action plans. You can meet with a coach once or throughout a semester. Our coaches will help you to be academically successful throughout your UNL career.

Success Coaching

How to Schedule an Appointment

Schedule with ANY Success Coach:

  1. Log onto Canvas
  2. Click “Account”
  3. Click “Settings“
  4. Click “MyPLAN”
  5. Click “My Success Network”
  6. Find “CAST” and click “Schedule Appointment” to request an appointment with the next available Coach

OR Schedule with a SPECIFIC Success Coach:

  1. Log onto Canvas
  2. Click “Account”
  3. Click “Settings“
  4. Click “MyPLAN”
  5. Click “My Success Network”
  6. Find “CAST”
  7. Find your Coach and click “Schedule Appointment” next to their name

More About Our Staff

Lori Romano

Lori Romano

Director, Center for Academic Success and Transition

she/her/hers

402-472-1880
lromano@unl.edu

Learn more about Lori

Lori Romano is a Nebraska native with a rich background in both secondary and higher education.

Lori is a first-generation student who earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia College–New York and a Master’s Degree in Secondary English Education from CUNY–Lehman College. After working in both the Admissions and Marketing & Public Relations offices at CCNY, Lori went on to teach high school English at Truman High School in the Bronx, Language Arts at San Manuel Jr High School in Arizona, and English Composition at Central Arizona College. Lori also has experience in the non-profit sector as an education coordinator, professional development specialist, and freelance writer.

Lori is excited to work in a role where she can connect with students and help them achieve success. She loves learning and hopes that she is able to provide students at Nebraska with the same sort of guidance and support she received when she was starting her own college journey.

When she’s not at work Lori enjoys reading, writing, hosting Walking Dead dinner parties, and spending time with her husband, kids, and hound dog.

Donny Bui

Donny Bui

Academic Success Coach

he/him/his

402-472-1880
donny.bui@unl.edu

Learn more about Donny

Donny Bui is a Nebraska native, born and raised in Lincoln.

Donny is a first-generation student who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with an emphasis in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Donny intends to pursue a graduate degree in the Education Administration Masters Program.

Donny has a passion for education and learning. He is excited to be part of the Center for Academic Success and Transition team, and to work in a role where he can provide support, motivation, and encouragement to students of all backgrounds to achieve success in and out of the classroom.

Prior to joining the CAST team, Donny worked as an Education Specialist for the Upward Bound Math Science Program in assisting students to strengthen their math and science skills in preparation to pursue post-secondary education in a STEM field. He hopes to continue his passion of working with students to achieve academic success in his new role.

In his spare time, Donny enjoys going fishing, listening and discovering new music, and spending time with his family and friends.

Colleen Cameron

Colleen Cameron

Academic Success Coach

she/her/hers

402-472-1880
colleen.cameron@unl.edu

Learn more about Colleen

Joining the CAST team, Colleen is fulfilling a life-long ambition to be a part of the University of Nebraska. She is excited to bring her education and experience on board to serve students at UNL. A native Nebraskan and first-generation Husker, Colleen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas with a personal interest in Human Potential Psychology.

She is passionate about empowering students to own their college experience and make the most of their time at UNL. Colleen hopes to encourage students to develop and embrace a love of learning and an attitude of exploration, wonder, and growth.

Colleen finds herself humbled and awed by the grace and beauty in the world around her, and she is committed to living a life filled with learning and gratitude. When she is not working, she enjoys relaxing or sailing with her family, puttering in her garden, and going on dates with her husband. She enjoys coffee shops, reading, movies, and being outdoors—and she is crazy about moss.

Sabrina Guerra

Sabrina Guerra

Academic Success Coach

she/her/hers

402-472-1880
sguerra2@unl.edu

Learn more about Sabrina

Newest to our CAST team is Sabrina Guerra! She is continuing her Husker journey after working in the University Program Council as a graduate assistant.

As a first-generation student, Sabrina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs from UNL. It was during her undergraduate years that she knew working in Student Affairs was where she was meant to be. Sabrina hopes to support and encourage students to explore new areas of life and continue to grow through their education- even outside the classroom!

Sabrina is a super extrovert and enjoys being in the presence of others. If you’re looking for a person to grab coffee, chit chat, or even just sit in silence with, she is always up for having company. When she is not in the office or in a Zoom meeting, Sabrina is most likely binge watching Grey’s Anatomy or Disney movies. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing corn hole, drinking Sonic slushies, and playing board games (except for Monopoly). Be sure to share your favorite board games with Sabrina when you see her!

Jordan Heim

Jordan Heim

Academic Success Coach

he/him/his

402-472-1880
jheim2@unl.edu

Learn more about Jordan

Jordan Heim, a native South Dakotan, joins us after working with the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) and the Center for Civic Engagement as a graduate assistant.

Jordan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Religious Studies from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and a Master's degree in Educational Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs from UNL.

During his undergraduate experience, he was involved in numerous areas like student activities, student government, student media, and various choirs. It was then that he realized all of the possibilities student affairs offered and discovered how his passion for helping people and making a difference came together.

When he's not supporting students, you can find Jordan roaming the aisles of Target, taking care of his houseplants, eating mozzarella sticks and catching up on the latest Netflix Original series.

Dan Hutt

Dan Hutt

Academic Success Coach

he/him/his

402-472-1880
dan.hutt@unl.edu

Learn more about Dan

Dan Hutt is a native Nebraskan (originally from Tecumseh) and a graduate of UNL, earning his B.A. in English in 1993. He has traveled extensively and had every job in the world from gas station attendant to trophy engraver to bookseller to record store clerk to tour guide. Professionally, Dan was a Lecturer in Spanish at UNL from 1997-2007 and also taught a variety of Spanish courses for industry in the Lincoln, NE area (including State Farm Insurance, Gallup, NE Dept of Labor) through the Southeast Community College Customized Education Division.

In 2007, Dan went back to grad school and attained his M.A. in English from Kansas State University in 2011, specializing in World Literature and Cultural Studies. From 2009-2013, he taught English and Spanish courses at Southeast Community College in Lincoln and Beatrice, NE before happily landing once more at UNL in 2016 in what is now the Center for Academic Success & Transition.

Dan is a champion of the liberal arts and all things international. He sings like a canary, and his interests include music home recording, the Beach Boys' SMiLE album, reading/writing, spy films, KC Royals baseball, spicy food, and staying home with his cats.

Robert Russell

Robert Russell

Academic Success Coach

he/him/his

402-472-1880
robert.russell@unl.edu

Learn more about Robert

Robert Russell, a lifelong Michigander, joins the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with academic experience teaching literature and writing courses at the University of Michigan, Saint Mary’s College, and Indiana University South Bend. Most recently, he was a Learning Specialist at the University of Notre Dame, working closely with the student-athlete population.

Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies (with a specialization in Film Studies) from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in English Studies from Oxford Brookes University. Passionate about academic support services, he is committed to encouraging and assisting students of all backgrounds to take ownership of their academic careers and realize their fullest potential.

Robert is a writer, and the author of two short novels: a western, Mesilla, and Sea of Trees. He co-founded two nationally-recognized literary journals, Midwestern Gothic and CHEAP POP. He loves traveling and Midwestern landscapes and trees and is filled with genuine awe and wonder at the natural world and all within it. He is thrilled to settle in Lincoln and can't wait to bring his curiosity and passion to campus and beyond.

Carly Mendoza

Carly Mendoza

Administrative Coordinator

she/her/hers

402-472-1880
carly.mendoza@unl.edu

Learn more about Carly

Carly Mendoza, a Nebraska native, is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics.

Carly is a first-generation college student. After earning an Associate’s degree from Southeast Community College-Lincoln, Carly transferred to UNL to continue her education. During her undergraduate experience she was involved in student government, philanthropy, and multiple honor societies.

After working in patient services at a local optometry practice, Carly is excited to be back at UNL and in an academic setting. She has a passion for learning and helping others. She is especially thrilled to work in a University program committed to empowering students who, like herself, may be a first-generation or transfer student. In her free time she enjoys binge watching way too many shows to name, playing board games, and spending time with her dog.