Meet your CELA Advisors

Advisors on the steps inside the WCH.

  • Austin

    Austin Sandoval-Sweeney

    CELA Coordinator (he/him/his)

    Education: M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University; B.A. Communication and Minor in Philosophy, Miami University (OH)

    Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

    Favorite Place on Campus: Gregory Gym

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Fresa’s

    Favorite TV Series: Friday Night Lights, Loki

    Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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    Aaron Rutkowski

    Academic Advisor (he/him/his)

    Education: B.A Criminal Justice and Minor in Education, University of Mississippi; M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Mississippi

    Hometown: Strayhorn, MS

    Favorite Place on Campus: DKR Texas Memorial Stadium

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Salty Sow

    Favorite TV Series: The Office, Ted Lasso

    Favorite Book: The Series of Ice and Fire

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    Aspen Fairbanks

    Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)

    Education: B.S. in Psychology from Utah Tech University

    Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    Favorite Place on Campus: Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium 

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Valentina's  

    Favorite TV Series: The Office

    Favorite Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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    Chris Connelly

    Academic Advisor

    Advises: Biology Scholars Program (BSP)

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

    Hometown: Manchester, CT

    Favorite Place on Campus: Turtle Pond

    Favorite TV Series: Six Feet Under, Roseanne, South Park

    Favorite Book: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

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    Claire Lewis

    Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)

    Advises: Women in Natural Sciences Program (WINS)

    Education: B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University

    Hometown: New Braunfels, TX

    Favorite Place on Campus: Littlefield Home

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Bouldin Creek Cafe

    Favorite TV Series: Parks and Recreation

    Favorite Book: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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    Faria Laliwala

    Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)

    Advises: Pre-Pharmacy, CS ATP

    Education: B.S. Kinesiology, The University of Texas at San Antonio

    Hometown: Chicago, IL/Houston, TX

    Favorite Place on Campus: South Lawn

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: VIA 818, Pool Burger

    Favorite TV Series: Law & Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, Stranger Things

    Favorite Book: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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    Jamie Villarreal

    Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)

    Education: B.A. Psychology and Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

    Hometown: Santa Rosa, TX

    Favorite Place on Campus: Patton Hall (RLP) Dies Student Center

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Wok on Fire

    Favorite TV Series: Friends, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural

    Favorite Book: The Hunger Games Series, Divergent Series, Fault in our Stars

  • Randy

    Randy Lopez

    Academic Advisor (they/them/theirs)

    Advises: CNS Nursing Bridge Program

    Education: B.S. Psychology at Texas A&M University, M.Sc. Health Psychology at The University of Central Lancashire, and M.Sc. Counselling Studies and MSc Education (Research) at The University of Edinburgh

    Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

    Favorite Place on Campus: The magical Turtle Pond!

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Snooze, Kerbey Lane, Toss Pizza, Homeslice

    Favorite TV Series: Wandavision, Schitt’s Creek, Ms. Marvel

    Favorite Book: Alice in Wonderland, Hood Feminism, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, The Hunger Games

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    Sam Strohmeyer

    Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)

    Advises: CNS Success Program

    Education: B.A Anthropology, The Univeristy of Texas at Austin

    Hometown: Small(ish) town, Iowa

    Favorite Place on Campus: Any of the Libraries

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Aster's Ethiopian, K-Bop

    Favorite TV Series: The Great, Futurama, What We Do in the Shadows

    Favorite Book: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

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    Trevor Kammerzell

    Academic Advisor (he/him/his)

    Advises: CS ATP

    Education: B.S. Hydrology and Atmospheric Science; Applied Mathematics University of Arizona

    Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

    Favorite Place on Campus: Tower Plaza

    Favorite Austin Restaurant: Rosita's Al Pastor

    Favorite TV Series: Wandavision, Teen Titans, Chopped

    Favorite Book: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins