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Meet The FYE Staff

Liz Patterson, Assistant Vice President for Student Success
903-334-6722
Liz Patterson, M.S., is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  Ms. Patterson directs the Office of Student Success which includes the first-year experience program, academic advising, academic support services, developmental education, TRiO Student Support Services, PATH Program, and the I-Care Program.  She has 18 years’ experience in higher education and has worked at A&M-Texarkana since 2010.  Her professional interests include student transitions, academic support programs in higher education, and student success programs for underserved student populations.

Cali DiOrio-Saye, Coordinator of New Student and Transition programs
903-223-1350
Cali earned a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture/Animal Science from West Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. in Education, Higher Education - Student Affairs from the University of North Texas.

Cali provides leadership to the First Year Experience program, coordinates the First Year Experience Passport Program, and leads the First Year Experience Coaching team.  Cali is responsible for planning, implementing, and assessing FYE programming designed to enhance first-year students’ success.


Travis Garvin, Office of First Year Experience Graduate Assistant
tgarvin@tamut.edu
903-223-1350
Travis earned a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University Texarkana and is completing his MA in Adult and Higher Education at Texas A&M University Texarkana.

Travis provides leadership for First Year Experience initiatives and coordinates all programs.  He is responsible for planning, implementing, and assessing FYE programming designed to enhance first-year students’ success.

First Year Experience Coaches

Vanessa Arias
Fall 2018 IS 1100 professor: Dr. Sara Lawrence.
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I decided to become an FYE coach because I wanted to help our first-year students smoothly transition into the college lifestyle.
Fun fact: I love playing guitar and flute

Phillip Barnes
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr.Elles
Years as an FYE Coach: 1st year as a coach.
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: I knew how daunting my freshman year was and I thought it to be only right for me to pay it forward.
Fun fact: I'm a running fanatic and you can often find me running around the school

Sebastian "Seabass" Barrientos 
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr.Strunc
Years as an FYE Coach: Two
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: I wanted to be a First Year Experience Coach because I want to lead as an example to other people. I love seeing the change in people and you being able to be that spark in someone’s life is amazing. Also being able to make someone smile and be happy is another big reason I decided to be a coach.
Fun fact: I love Sports, dogs, and food.

Samantha Bell
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr. Berzinsky
Years as an FYE Coach: 1 year
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: I wanted to help students successfully transition into college by present a friendly face on campus who’s always willing to help.
Fun fact: I work for NASA 

Ta’Mar Coby
IS Professor: Dr. Kimberly Murray
Years as Coach: 1 year
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I wanted to be an FYE coach because my coach was the one that helped me the most. She convinced me to become involved on campus and how to manage my time correctly.
Fun Fact: I never leave the house without my earphones and sunglasses.

Victoria Gawrieh
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dayna Goldstein
Years as an FYE Coach: I am a first-year FYE coach
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I wanted to make a positive impact on this school. I feel like first-year students don’t realize how different college is from high school and it’s a scaring thing, but I wanted to make the transition smooth just and positively impact the students just like my FYE coaches did for me.
Fun fact: I can shoot a bulls-eye as if robin hood himself was my father.

Jarrell Lawrence
Your IS 1100 Professor: Ms. Foster
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an academic coach!
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I wanted to be a coach so that I could make a positive impact on as many students as possible.
Fun Fact: An awesome thing to know about me is that I was actually born in Hollywood! Hollywood, Florida, haha. More importantly, I played music for seven years, and taught private lessons for a couple of years!

Kinleigh Logue
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Professor Shidemantle
Years as FYE Coach: 1
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: I wanted to give the new freshman the same experience that I received when I was a first-year student.
Fun fact:  I can recite almost the entire “Mean Girls” Movie because I’ve watched it so much.

Chandler Moree
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Instructor: Dr. Nurul Alam
Years as an FYE Coach: 1 Year
Why I wanted to be an FYE Coach: I wanted to help First-Year Students get the same kind of support that I received.
Fun Fact: I’m President of the Resident Hall Association on Campus.

Richard Wesley "Wes" Randell
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr.Hinton and Dr.Leighton
Years as an FYE Coach: 2018(first)
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: To help out students and improve my social skills.
Fun fact: I'm working on an Artificial Learning Program called A.N.G.E.L. It stands for Artificial Network Guided Engaged Learner.

Amanda Rotunno
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr. Cutrer
Number of years as an FYE Coach: My first year
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: My FYE coach was amazing and made me want to be one to have the impact she has had on me.
Fun fact: I’m from New Mexico!

Selena Trejo
Fall 2018 IS 1100 Professor: Dr. Nakashian
Years as an FYE Coach: This is my first year as an FYE coach
Why I wanted to be an FYE coach: I wanted to be an FYE coach because I wanted to help people transition into college and make sure they feel welcome.
Fun fact: I have an amazing family consisting of 34+ aunts and uncles and 60+ cousins





 

 

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