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Meet our staff!

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) includes academic support services and academic advising that empower students to excel. Our staff build a positive and approachable learning environment to inspire students and maximize their learning. 

Academic Advisors are responsible of advising freshmen, honors, MDS, undeclared, and student-athletes. 
Learning Support Specialists are full-time tutors who specialize in specific areas of expertise and present skills improvement workshops. 

Dr. Barbara Hong

Dr. Barbara Hong
Dean
Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library 
956.326.2134

 

Daniela Rodriguez

Daniela Rodriguez
Associate Director
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203D
956.326.2907

Responsible for managing academic support/tutoring services.

 

Virginia Watkins Grayson

Virginia Watkins-Grayson
University College Instructor/Administrator 
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222B 
956.326.2852

Responsible for managing academic advising.

 

Jennipher Ambrose

Jennipher Ambrose
Program Coordinator
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 207B
956.326.2920

Responsible for managing Supplemental Instruction (SI) services.

Astrid Hernandez

Astrid Hernandez
Program Coordinator
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 222K
956.326.3132

Responsible for managing Early Alert submissions. 

Juan Balderas

Juan Balderas, Jr.
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222E
956.326.2801

 

Ithiel Benavides

Ithiel Benavides
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222C
956.326.2992

 

Alyssa Casares

Alyssa Casares
Academic Success Coach I
Sue & Radcliffe Killam Library 419C
956.326.2794

 

Itzamara Florez

Itzamara Flores
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222D 
956.326.2978

Joe Garza

Joe Garza
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222N 
956.326.2994

Natalia Iturralde

Natalia Iturralde
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 222
956.326.2975

 

Denise Jackson

Denise Jackson
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222C 
956.326.2976

Vanessa Kennion

Vanessa Kennion
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222E
956.326.2972

Daniela Maldonado

Daniela Maldonado
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222E 
956.326.2785

Alyssa Martinez

Alyssa Martinez
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222F
956.326.2977

Wendy Rosas

Wendy Rosas
Academic Success Coach I
Sue and Radclliffe Killam Library 419C
956.326.2979

 

Jose Serna

Jose Serna
Academic Success Coach I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222NJ
956.326.2910

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Alba Hernandez
Intervention Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205
956.326.2725

 

Rebecca Stevenson

Rebecca Stevenson
Athletics Academic Specialist
Kinesiology and Convocation Building 107J
956.326.2851

 

Airam Bernal

Airam Bernal
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205B
956.326.2717

Daniel Zapico

Daniel "Zac" Zapico
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203B
956.326.2742

Dominique Flores

Dominique Flores
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203C
956.326.2744

Jose Bernal Brosig

Jose Bernal Brosig
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205B
956.326.2717

Madison Guerra

Madison Guerra
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205B
956.326.2717

Miguel Hernandez

Miguel Hernandez
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203B
956.326.2742

Ramiro Salazar

Ramiro Salazar, III
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203B
956.326.2742

Roland Ortegon

Roland Ortegon
Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 203C
956.326.2744

Norma Cortez

Norma Cortez
Senior Administrative Associate
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205A
956.326.2722

 

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Taryn Shehab
Administrative Associate
Dr. Billy F. Cowart 205
956.326.2134

 

Victoria Robledo

Victoria Robledo
Administrative Associate IV
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222
956.326.2850

 



ACE - Academic Support 
Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203 & 205
956.326.2884 & 956.326.4ACE (4223)
academicsupport@tamiu.edu 

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 6 p.m. 

ACE - Advising & Retention
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 222
956.326.2886
advising@tamiu.edu  

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.