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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, MDS, and undeclared students. 
Learning Support Specialists are full-time tutors who specialize in specific areas of expertise and present skills improvement workshops. 

Daniela Rodriguez

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

Responsible for managing academic support/tutoring services.

 

Yadira Ramirez

Yadira Ramirez
Advising Program Manager (Interim)
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222B 
956.326.2850

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 Advisor I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222E
956.326.2801

 

Ithiel Benavides

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

 

Gabriela Chapa

Gabriela Chapa
Academic Advisor I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222D
956.326.2993

Joe Garza

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

Daniela Maldonado

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

Jose Serna

Jose Serna
Academic Advisor I
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Center 222N
956.326.2910

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

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
956.326.2723

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

 



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. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 10 p.m.

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

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.