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Beth LaBate - CFYA Coordinator


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Undeclared

Education: BA Music, Bates College; MM and Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: Chicken does not belong on pizza.

Favorite Movies: Star Wars, Episodes 4-8

Favorite Books: Nightrunner series

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Asiana Indian Cuisine, Mandola's, and Sap's



Chris Connelly - Academic Advisor, Biology Scholars Program


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Public Health, Undeclared, and Biology Scholars Program

Education: BA Journalism/Communications, University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UT Austin

Fact: I served in the Peace Corps on the island of Grenada.

Favorite Movies: American History X, Kill Bill Vol. 1-2

Favorite Book: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins


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Gabe Lopez - Academic Advisor, Texas Transfers Program


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Human Development & Family Sciences

Education: BA in English and History, University of Texas - Pan American (now UT-RGV)

Facts: I’m from San Juan, Texas which is along the Texas-Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Favorite Movies: Star Wars (especially the original trilogy), Alien, Reservoir Dogs, Blazing Saddles, The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Dark Knight Trilogy

Favorite Books: Beowulf, Dracula (Bram Stoker), Frankenstein, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, 1984

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Dan’s Hamburgers, Stile’s Switch Barbecue, Pluckers, La Posada, Home Slice


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Guillermo Alvarado - Academic Advisor


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy, Chemistry

Education: BA Sociology, Southwestern University

Fact: I once won front row tickets to see Beyoncé in concert. I’ve never been the same since.

Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, Pride and Prejudice, Arrival, The Selena Movie, Steel Magnolias, any X-Men movie except for the Wolverine offshoots

Favorite Books: Borderlands/La Frontera, A Little Life, The God of Small Things

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Polvos, Titaya’s, 888 Pan Asian Restaurant, Kismet Cafe, Fricano’s Deli

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Olivia Biehle - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Neuroscience, and Women in Natural Sciences Program

Education:  BA Mathematics and BS Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin

Fact: In my spare time, I love baking desserts as well as playing any and all Legend of Zelda videogames.  I also think cats and Captain America are pretty great.

Favorite Movies: Wayne's World, The Avengers, Singin' in the Rain, Gladiator, and Top Gun

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby, Crime and Punishment, The Spoils of Babylon

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Pad Thai, Maudie's, Clay Pit

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Briana Denham - Academic Advisor


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: Bachelor of Journalism and BS Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin; M. Ed. Educational Leadership in Higher Education, Texas Christian University 

Fact: I taught English in Madrid for two years.

Favorite Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monster’s Inc., Zoolander, She’s The Man, Big Fish, Clue

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice, Slaughterhouse-Five, A Gentleman in Moscow, Rebecca, Boy Swallows Universe, Ella Enchanted 

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Mandolas, Trudy’s, Ramen Tatsu-Ya


Kaycee Armstrong - Academic Advisor  


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: BS Public Relations, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: I love going to concerts. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is always one of the highlights of my year. The first concert I ever went to was Aly & AJ.

Favorite Movies: A Cinderella Story, The Greatest Showman, Hairspray, Guardians of the Galaxy

Favorite Books: The Maze Runner Trilogy, Looking for Alaska, The 5th Wave, Into the Wild

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Kismet Cafe, Snooze, Don, Magnolia Cafe, Pluckers, 888 Pan Asian Restaurant, Patrizi's, Madam Mam's


Jamie Villareal- Academic Advisor

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education:  BA in Psychology and Sociology with a Forensic Science Certificate, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: I love early 2000’s Disney Channel shows and movies.

Favorite Movies:  Elf, The Avengers (Or Anything Marvel), The Hunger Games

Favorite Books:  The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Divergent Trilogy, and The Fault in our Stars

Favorite Austin Restaurants:  1618 Asian Fusion, Pluckers, Don Darios, Snooze

Jamie Villareal HS

Taylor Sandoval- Academic Advisor


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education:  BS in Development and Family Studies, The University of North Texas; M. ED. Educational Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University

Fact:  I am a crazy dog mom to two of the most adorable little guys!

Favorite Movies:  Any Harry Potter Movie, Sixteen Candles, The To All the Boys I love Before Series on Netflix

Favorite Books:  Anything written by Jasmine Guillory, The Silent Patient

Favorite Austin Restaurants:  Enchiladas Y Mas,  Greater Goods Coffee Co., Moonshine Grill

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