Olivia Biehle - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences


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Advises: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, 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 am a movie producer and run film sets!  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: Titaya's, Hutt's Hamburgers, 24 Diner



Chris Connelly - Academic Advisor, Biology Scholars Program


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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



Shannon-A'lyce Oulds - Academic Advisor


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Advises: Biology, Pre-Health Profession & Forensic Science Certificates

Education:  BA Psychology, New York University; MA Clinical Psychology: Family Therapy, Asuza Pacific University

Facts: I am originally from Southern California, but spent 15 years living in NYC. I love movies, dogs, all types of music, singing karaoke, knitting, crocheting, and playing tennis.

Favorite Movies: Scarface, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and most of Tarantino's movies.

Favorite Books: Anything by Patricia Cornwell or most of John Grisham's works.

Favorite Austin Restaurants
: Most of my favorite restaurants were in New York.  I am new to Austin so I have to discover what my favorite place here will be.  So far, I really love Phil's Icehouse.



Megan Rovang - Academic Advisor, Texas Transfers (TxT)

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Advises: Human Development & Family Sciences, Nutrition, Textiles & Apparel, Neuroscience, and Biology

Education: BA Psychology, University of Northern Iowa; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at Austin

Facts: I grew up shy and cautious of the world, but I've realized that life is short and I've become a bit of a thrill seeker.  Last year I skydived and flew on a trapeze!  I love the arts and live music of Austin, running around Lady Bird Lake, hiking in the Greenbelt, and learning more about health and nutrition.

Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Sixth Sense, Goonies, Little Miss Sunshine, The King's Speech

Favorite Books: The DaVinci Code, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Glass Castle, Do What You Are

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Z'Tejas, Sao Paulo's, FINO, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Snackbar, and most food trucks!



Sara Guajardo - Academic Advisor




Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Math, Physics, Astronomy, Undeclard Pre-Pharmacy

Education: BA English, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;  M. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio

Fact: I am originally from San Antonio. I love books, movies, and most of all - DOGS! I enjoy going to the beach and relaxing with family.

Favorite Movies: The Da Vinci Code, Remember the Titans, 10 Things I Hate About You, Young Frankenstein, The Goonies, Signs, the list goes on…

Favorite Books: The Da Vinci Code, Jane Eyre, The Fault in Our Stars, Failing Forward, to name a few…

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Freedmen’s and Kerby Lane Cafe


Emily LaPlaca - Academic Advisor




Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences

Education: BS Science Pre-Professional Studies and Psychology, University of Notre Dame; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

Facts: I am from a small Cajun town called Cut Off (yes, that’s the actual name). I love to cook, read, send hand-written letters, and play with puppies.

Favorite Movies: A Knight’s Tale, Step Up movies, Remember the Titans, Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite Books: Cloud Atlas, 1984, anything by Malcolm Gladwell or Dan Brown

Favorite Austin restaurant: Steeping Room or any of the Fox Restaurant Concepts (True Food Kitchen, North Italia, Culinary Dropout, Flower Child)



Guillermo Alvarado - Academic Advisor

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Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy

Education: BA Sociology, Southwestern University

Fact: I’ve recently started to expand my cooking repertoire and I’m always looking for new recipes to try out (the best cookbooks are at Half Price Books)

Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, Cloud Atlas, Pride & Prejudice, The Selena Movie

Favorite Books: The Poisonwood Bible, The Namesake

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Polvos, Kismet Cafe, Mother’s Cafe, Fricano’s Deli