Student Support Services office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Student Support Services
220 Canfield Administration North
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Staff & Contacts

We have on our roster a diverse, experienced staff available to support, serve and see you graduate.

All our staff members have their office at 220 Canfield Administration Building North, which makes it easily accessible to our participants. All our courses are offered in classrooms across campus, but in close proximity to the office. The office also is equipped with a student computer lab and a study lounge.

Cay Yamamoto

Cay Yamamoto TRIO/SSS Director



As the TRIO Director, I oversee and coordinate the ETS, RUB and UBMS projects. As the SSS Project Director, I handle student admissions into SSS. Please contact me, if you are an UNL undergraduate and have questions about applying/eligibility to become an SSS participant. You can also contact me if you are a prospective/current SSS student to know more about the services we offer and how we can help you succeed in college.

Colette Polite

Colette Polite Ph.D. Academic Counselor



Originally from the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Nebraska, yet I am an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana. As the Academic Counselor for the SSS program, I handle ALEC 102 - Interpersonal Skills for Leadership, and EDPS 150 - Career Development Seminar. My work lies primarily with first-generation, low-income and/or disabled college students. I have worked for many years at the university, and I hold a PhD from the Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education Department in the College of Education & Human Sciences at UNL. I am an active community member who is committed to social justice and alleviating poverty. In turn, I devote a lot of time to multicultural issues in the city of Lincoln. Currently, I serve on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color at UNL and the Mayor’s Multicultural Advisory Committee for the city of Lincoln. When not at work, I have the privilege of rearing two sons, Chase and Mason.

Marianna Burks

Marianna Burks Science/Learning Specialist



I am from Louisiana. I graduated from UNL with both an Undergraduate and Master's Degree in Biology. After obtaining my Master's (M.S. 2002), and conducting research for 11 years at UNL, I transitioned into instruction. With experience in teaching Human Anatomy, BIOS 101 - General Biology, and LIFE 120 - Fundamentals of Biology I, I serve as both the Science Learning Specialist and Instructor of Biology within the SSS program. I also supervise the SSS tutoring program, overseeing the coordination of one-on-one tutoring and scheduling of math lab staff. My husband Jai & I have 5 children-Isis, Aida, Ivan, Aria, and Iyla.

Morgen Bills

Morgen Bills Ph.D. Math Learning Specialist



I am the Mathematics Specialist for SSS. I teach the SSS math classes, MATH 100A - Intermediate Algebra, MATH 101 - College Algebra, and MATH 104 - Applied Calculus. I am also available to tutor for SSS participants any undergraduate mathematics classes for certain periods of the day. Please stop by and check my door for a schedule. I am the person to see about calculator checkouts.

Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie Mitchell Ph.D. Writing/Learning Specialist



I am the Writing Specialist for SSS. A Nebraska native and a UNL graduate, I have degrees in journalism, literature, creative writing, and education. While I have a variety of roles at SSS, my primary responsibility is to teach ENGL 150 - Writing and Inquiry, and ENGL 151 - Writing and Argument. Additionally, students may make appointments with me for personal writing assistance in any class. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and writing, having recently published my first novel.

Coddy MacNeill

Coddy MacNeill Tutor Coordinator



I am a graduate student in the Educational Administration and Student Affairs program at UNL. I graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2016 where I majored in French and minored in International Studies. I also hold a diploma in International Business from Blaise Pascal University. As the Tutoring Coordinator for SSS my responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting, hiring and training tutors, as well as placing tutors with students who request them. I also work with both the students and the tutors to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved.

Ying Yu

Ying Yu Accounting Technician



As an Accounting Technician, I oversee budgets and manage federal grants for all four TRIO programs, and process payments for all events and financial aids. I am originally from China, where I got my bachelor's degree in Japanese Language and Literature. I came to the United States with my husband in 2005 and started my accounting major at UCLA Extension in California. I'm currently a graduate student majoring in Accounting at the College of Business Administration, UNL. My husband and I have two children Grace and Kate.

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Student Support Services
220 Canfield Administration Building
P.O. Box 880498
Lincoln, NE 68588-0498



There are 2 metered lots close to Canfield North:

  • 14th & R Street - Southeast and across the street from the Nebraska Union
  • 15th & S Street - East of the Gaughan Center

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