Meet the 2019-20 English Student Advisory Board
Kathleen Lacey, Ph.D.
Dr. Lacey is the undergraduate English and Film Studies academic advisor. Originally from Wisconsin, she came to the University of Nebraska in 2008 after earning a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and MA & MFAs from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her PhD in English from UNL in 2017. Her interests include twentieth and twenty-first century American literature with a concentrations in African American women's writing, narratives of girlhood, and the intersection of medicine and literature by women of color. She has taught courses in composition, literature, popular culture, women's and gender studies, and humanities in medicine. She currently teaches ENGL 298/398, the mentorship course for English and Film Studies majors, and ENGL 300: Professional Practices for English Majors.
Advisory Board Members
Kelsey is a senior from Papillion, Nebraska majoring in English with a minor Digital Humanities. She loves reading and writing, and after graduation she hopes to work as a literary agent. Her favorite book is The Princess Bride, and she firmly believes that coffee deserves to be recognized as its own food group. So far, her favorite class that she has taken has been Being Human in a Digital Age. Kelsey thinks the best way to experience college is to be as involved as possible. She works at the Writing Center, has edited with Laurus, interned with the Heritage Room, Prairie Schooner, and University of Nebraska Press, played trumpet for Big Red Express and the Cornhusker Marching Band, and she is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Kelsey feels lucky to have several mentors from the Department of English who can point her toward ways to gain experience. She is excited to work with first-year students who are looking to make the most of their time at the University of Nebraska!
This will be Kelsey’s third year as a mentor. Kelsey’s favorite study spot is anywhere with coffee, but especially the cafe on the first floor of Oldfather.
Mitchell is currently a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently studying English with a minor in Psychology. He is from Grand Island, Nebraska and came to the university his freshman year to study Education, but switched to English the second semester of his freshman year so that he could foster his love for English. One of his favorite classes is LGBT Literature and Film, taught by one of his favorite professors, Robert Lipscomb. After graduation, Mitchell plans on working either in the journalism field or for a publishing house. When he isn’t in class, he’s either at work, in the library, or at an event somewhere in Lincoln. His hobbies include being at the rec center, reading, listening to or practicing music, and watching Netflix. Mitchell likes to surround himself with people who are as enthusiastic about literature as he is!
This will be Mitch’s second year as a mentor. Mitch’s favorite study spot is in Love Library South. The busy environment and Dunkin’ Donuts is a popular study spot for many students.
Olivia is a junior English major with a minor in Japanese. She's from Traverse City, Michigan but has grown up a Cornhusker her whole life. Fiction writing is her passion, but really she just loves anything to do with words and/or stories! In her free time, she loves to watch movies, play video games, hang out with friends, and enjoy Nebraska football! Some of Olivia’s favorite English classes so far include Science Fiction (ENGL 206) and Intro to English Studies (ENGL 200) and Intro to Fiction Writing (ENGL 252). Olivia also has some experience abroad - she spend her spring 2019 semester studying in Japan! If she could marry a book, she would marry The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Olivia is super excited to meet new Film Studies and English majors and pass down the wisdom culivated by her elders for generations.
Vanessa is from Bristol, Wisconsin studying English with three minors in Theatre, History, and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. She knows this was the correct path because when taking English 252, she was allowed to explore her abilities as a writer. “I was told what I was doing correctly and what I could change to further enhance my stories,” she writes. Her English mentor, Gabby, significantly helped her throughout her freshmen year by working with her, getting to know her and getting to know her goals. She looks forward to knowing students who are as passionate as she is about their studies and ambitions in life. She hopes to get to know more individuals and grow herself because of them. During the summer, she works as an actor at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and in her free time, she likes to read and write fiction, watch Netflix, draw, play soccer, or listen to music.
This will be Vanessa’s second year as a mentor. Vanessa’s favorite study spot is on the green in front of the City Union, a place to study on nice Nebraska days!
Simone is a senior from Madison, SD, majoring in English and History and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Humanities. In the future, she hopes to go to law school. Throughout her time here, she has found a second home in the Department of English. She has had the privilege of learning from several department faculty members who are highly respected in their field and is particularly close with some—including Dr. Shari Stenberg. This past year, she has been working in the Writing Center and this next year she has been given the opportunity to work in the Willa Cather Archives. “Having a mentor was so valuable to me as a first-year student,” she says, “and I am looking forward to mentoring students myself.” During her free time she enjoys going to local coffee shops, binge-watching the first seasons of Netflix series, and going to concerts.
This will be Simone’s second year as a mentor. Simone’s favorite study spot is in the basement of Love Library. The quiet work and study area helps students get their studying done with no distractions. Also, who doesn’t love coffee and a quiet space?
Joseph is an English and Film Studies major in his second year at Nebraska. He is from the small town of Manchester nestled in the rolling hills of Maryland. He loves stories, which is why he is so drawn to reading and film. He loves to travel around and immerse himself in nature. In the summer he often takes 3-or 4-day hikes in the mountains of Pennsylvania. After he graduates, he plans to go to grad school and pick up his master's degree. He is very much looking forward to next year, meeting new people, being exposed to challenging ideas, and of course learning new and interesting things. “If you like film, history, outdoors, or rugby then we will probably be best friends,” he writes.
This will be Joseph’s second year as a mentor. Joseph’s favorite study spot is near the fountain in front of the Nebraska City Union. There’s a great view of the ducks and the water is calming when students are studying!
Cassidy comes from small town Battle Creek, Nebraska, and first attended the University of Nebraska as an undecided student. After realizing that studying English was her true passion, she declared it as her major. She is also pursuing minors in psychology and business. In the future, she hopes to work in publishing, particuarly with imprints that publish young adult literature. This fall, she will be interning at both the University of Nebraksa Press and HSG Agency in New York City. As a mentor, she looks forward to sharing her own story to help students explore their interests and develop skills. To no one’s surprise, she enjoys reading, watches way too much television, and enjoys playing sports. She also has an obsession with everything and everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and can talk about it for hours on end.
This will be Cassidy’s second year as a mentor. Cassidy’s favorite study spot is the south side wall of Love Library where the bookshelves hide study desks/cubbies that look out onto downtown. “You get your own space, which I think is very relaxing and helps you actually get work done!”
Mikie Brown is a junior English major from Overland Park, Kansas double minoring in Spanish and religious studies. Previously, Mikie has written for the DailyER and interned at Prairie Schooner. This will be her second year working as a Residence Assistant in Abel Hall. This summer, she is studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain at the University of Deusto. Mikie can usually be found with a London Fog in hand, playing her guitar, binge-watching Schitt’s Creek, or geeking-out over musical theater. After graduation, Mikie hopes to complete an MFA and/or work in publishing (there’s still a lot of self-discovery to be done, right?). Her first two years at UNL have proved completely invaluable and rewarding, and she can’t wait to introduce a new group of students to all the opportunities and connections the English department has to offer.
This will be Mikie’s first year as a mentor and she couldn't be more excited. Her favorite spot on campus is the mezzanine in Love Library (she’d be happy to give you a tour).
Sarah is currently a sophomore English major with minors in Spanish and mathematics. She is from Omaha, Nebraska and came to the university her freshman year to study chemistry before switching to English. So far, her favorite class that she has taken has been Intro to English Studies. She is also a Honors Peer mentor and a member of Sustain. After graduation, Sarah plans on going to grad school and earning her master’s degree. Over the summer, Sarah worked on campus as a Conference Assistant. When Sarah isn’t in class, she’s either studying, at work, or hanging out with her friends. Sarah loves reading, drinking coffee, playing sand volleyball, and watching Netflix. As a mentor, she is very excited to work with incoming students by sharing her own story and helping them discover their own interests. Sarah also can’t wait to bond over books and her love for this department.
This will be Sarah’s first year as a mentor. Sarah’s favorite study spot was in the Neihardt study rooms, but now she’s working on finding a new place. Her advice would be to attend Department and University events that align with your interests because they are a great way to learn and meet new people.
AJ is a senior Film Studies major from Rockwall, TX ( just outside Dallas) with minors in English, Spanish, and women’s and gender studies. During her time at UNL she has developed a passion for critical theory and its applications in film as well as popular culture. Over the years she has explored film through various classes with Dr. Dixon, Dr. Foster, and Dr. Dreher which in turn fostered an interest in representation and cultural diversity. In addition to her classes within the English Department she took part in making the Johnny Carson School’s newest short The Healing of Harman, learning from industry professionals as well as taking classes in digital filmmaking and immersive design. After her time at UNL she plans to pursue a masters degree.
In her down time she really enjoys cooking, gardening and of course, watching movies. This will be AJ’s first year as a peer mentor and she highly recommends the Mezzanine Room in Love Library South. It is quiet, comfy, and conveniently close to coffee.
Nidhi is a "Third Culture Kid (TCK)" born in India who grew up, for most part, in Dubai. She joined UNL as a Political Science major and added English as her second major during her first semester because she couldn’t let go of her love for English. Her favorite book (s) is Harry Potter (yes, the whole series because she can’t choose just one). She loves reading, writing, watching TV (Supernatural and Game of Thrones), sketching, coffee shops, and going on adventures whether inside books or out in the world. Nidhi's favorite class has been Introduction to English Studies with Dr. Stevenson; that’s where she got to explore her talents as a writer and realize she could write something decent that is not poetry. She is a crazy Marvel fan and can geek out about Iron Man for hours. She can’t wait to meet new people, take on challenges, and explore the passion for English with some awesome people!
Nidhi's favorite spot at the campus is the fountain in front of the Union. The hammocks are perfect for a book on a sunny day, and the running water does the trick for the much needed cooling in the Nebraskan heat.