About Us

Our Mission

The mission of First-Year Experience & Transition Programs 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

First-Year Experiences staff

Location

First-Year Experience & Transition Programs is on City Campus in Love South Library 127. Co-located with Explore Center and Undergraduate Education's UCARE program, 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.

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 “First-Year Experience & Transition Programs” 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 “First-Year Experience & Transition Programs”
  7. Find your Coach and click “Schedule Appointment” next to his/her name

More About Our Staff

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

Director, First-Year Experience & Transition Programs

402-472-1880
smurphy19@unl.edu

Learn more about Sarah

Sarah Murphy, a lifelong Nebraskan, is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She joins the First-Year Experience & Transition Programs office after working at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While there, she worked with first-year students in the Thompson Learning Community, taught student success courses, and oversaw a Peer Mentor program.

Sarah has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Educational Administration. She is passionate about working with college students and considers it a privilege to guide students through this important life experience. Her favorite place at UNL is the Learning Commons in Love Library North, where you can find a comfortable seat and Dunkin' Donuts coffee!

Cheryl Pflueger

Cheryl Pflueger

Academic Success Coach

402-472-4826
cpflueger3@unl.edu

Learn more about Cheryl

Cheryl Pflueger joins the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from South Dakota State University where she has over a decade of experience working in higher education.

Originally from Illinois, Cheryl attended the University of Illinois and earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication Education. Cheryl has her Master's degree in Counseling, Guidance, and Personnel Services from South Dakota State University. While at SDSU, Cheryl advised undeclared majors, taught career planning classes, student success courses, and first-year experience seminars.

Cheryl is passionate about working with students of all backgrounds and helping students find the tools they need to be successful.

Ann Callies

Ann Callies

Academic Success Coach

402-472-8755
ann.callies@unl.edu

Learn more about Ann

Ann Callies, originally from Kansas, joins the University of Nebraska Lincoln after working at Washburn University for more than a decade. While at Washburn, she directed the tutoring and writing center programs, taught first-year experience courses, and major and career exploration courses.

Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in Education (middle-secondary language arts) from the University of Kansas and taught high school English in Blair, Nebraska, for several years prior to her time at Washburn. Her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies (emphasis: American Literature/History and Women’s Studies) is from Washburn University.

Ann is passionate about educational technology, just-in-time learning and teaching, and helping students learn effective strategies to meet their academic and personal goals.

Dan Hutt

Dan Hutt

Academic Success Coach

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

Learn more about Dan

Dan Hutt is a native Nebraskan and a graduate of UNL, earning his B.A. in English in 1993. Dan was a Lecturer in Spanish at UNL from 1997-2007 and 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.

Dan attained his M.A. in English from Kansas State University in 2011, specializing in Literature and Cultural Studies. From 2009-2013, Dan taught English and Spanish courses at Southeast Community College in Lincoln and Beatrice, NE and was instrumental in establishing counseling services at SCC for first-generation college students.

Dan is passionate about education and working with students from all backgrounds. His personal interests include all things international, his cats, and the Beach Boys.

Ashlee Young

Ashlee Young

Coordinator

402-472-1880
ayoung8@unl.edu

Learn more about Ashlee

Ashlee Young is a native Nebraskan and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Political Science. She earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is close to finishing her Ph.D. in Human Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership Studies in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.

Prior to joining the First-Year Experience & Transition Programs office, Ashlee worked with first-year students and English language learners in the Thompson Learning Community at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Over the last two years, Ashlee helped create the Emerging Leaders Program with Dr. Amy Goodburn. She is passionate about connecting leadership development opportunities to academic experiences.

Her favorite place on campus is the Kawasaki Reading Room in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. It has some of the best views of campus!

Lori Romano

Lori Romano

Academic Success Coach

402-472-1880
lromano@unl.edu

Learn more about Lori

Lori Romano, a Nebraska native, joins the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a rich background in both secondary and higher education.

Lori 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 Concordia, Lori went on to teach high school English at Truman High School in the Bronx, middle school Language Arts at San Manuel Jr High School in Arizona, and English Composition at Central Arizona College. Since 2008, Lori has worked in the non-profit sector and as a freelance writer.

Lori is excited to return to higher education and she is passionate about connecting with students to help them develop the skills to succeed both in college and in the world beyond.

Kassi Woods

Kassi Woods

Academic Success Coach

402-472-1880
kwoods4@unl.edu

Learn more about Kassi

Kassi Woods, a lifelong Nebraskan, is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumni for her graduate degree and earned her undergraduate from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She joins us after briefly working with Nebraska's Learning Communities. During her undergraduate experience she was highly involved in a plethora of areas; student involvement, student government, mentoring for her scholarship program and the list goes on. She realized through all of her engagement that she had a true passion for student affairs.

Kassi has a Bachelor's degree in English (Creative Nonfiction) and a Master's degree in Educational Administration. She is driven by connecting with others and genuinely enjoys assisting students to develop the academic and life skills necessary to excel during and after college.

Her favorite place on Nebraska's campus is a tree near Architecture hall that has a bench wrapped around it, where you can take in the many seasons and enjoy a good book. Good luck finding it!