SSS 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.
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Tyre McDowell Jr TRIO Director


I am the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs responsible for Student Life and Leadership including ASUN, Civic Engagement, Parent and Family Programs, Student Involvement, Residence Life, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and TRIO Programs. Prior to joining the Student Affairs Senior team in August 2018, I was the Vice President for Campus Community at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I am from Lincoln, NE. I was a first-generation low-income student. I am passionate about helping students succeed and thrive.

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Joyce A. Lehn Project Director


I am the Project Director for Student Support Services. Previously, I have been a high school counselor, K-12 art educator, and an Academic Counselor for the SSS Program. My college degrees include a PhD in Urban Issues and Diversity (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Master’s in School Counseling (Wayne State College), Bachelor’s in Art and Business Education (Chadron State College), and Associate’s in Fashion Merchandising (Southeast Community College-Lincoln). My hometown is Ainsworth, NE, where I began my educational journey as a first-generation, low-income student. My personal experiences have influenced my career to focus on helping scholars achieve their academic, career, and personal/social goals. Please contact me to learn how Student Support Services can assist you with your quest for excellence in college and beyond!

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Brian Stutz Interim Academic Outreach Specialist


I am originally from Aurora, IL. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout for my Bachelor Degree and received my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining Nebraska I worked previously at Ball State University and East Carolina University working in Residence Life. I am driven to help students succeed. I want to be there to help you navigate the university system to use all the resources you can. My partner Lanie works at UNL as well and we have two dogs Gwynn and Willa. In my spare time I play and coach volleyball. Looking forward to meeting you and helping you succeed at UNL. Go Big Red!

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Colette Yellow Robe Ph.D. Assistant Director For Non-Cognitive Learning/Leadership


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. 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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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 Nebraska 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.

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Marianna Burks Science Specialist


I am from Louisiana. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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 the university, 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 Specialist and Instructor of Biology within the SSS program. My husband Jai & I have 5 children-Isis, Aida, Ivan, Aria, and Iyla.

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Morgen Bills Ph.D. Math Specialist


My life included living in several cities in Nebraska before my family moved to Lincoln. I graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and UNL. Since then I have lived in various locations outside of Nebraska. Now I am back at UNL to be 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 SSS participants in 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.

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Stephanie Mitchell Ph.D. Writing Specialist


I am the Writing Specialist for SSS. A Nebraska native and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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. I also supervise the SSS tutoring program, overseeing the coordination of one-on-one tutoring and scheduling of math lab staff. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and writing, having recently published my first novel.

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