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Unsure who your academic advisor is?  Check here!  If you do not see an advisor listed, email us at headvising@austin.utexas.edu for assistance (include EID).


Angela Patterson - Academic Advising Coordinator


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Education: B.S. Psychology, Kansas State University

Favorite things to do in Austin: Be outside on a trail or in the water.

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Contigo and Fonda San Miguel







Jill Lawler, RD - Academic Advisor

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Education: B.S. Nutrition (Coordinated Program in Dietetics), The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Fun Facts: I love singing but mostly when I'm by myself! I finally took a couple of voice lessons recently, but I don't do my practice exercises as often as I could. I enjoy going hiking by myself or with friends (I made it to the top of a 14er in 2022, but I'm not sure I'll be doing that again!). I'm perfectly happy sleeping in a tent or the back of a car, and I escape to the mountains whenever possible in the summer. 

Favorite things to do in Austin: Anything outdoors! Taking a drive out near Lake Travis. UT volleyball and football games. 

Also see more about me on the CNS Directory.


Briana Denham - Academic Advisor


Education: Bachelor of Journalism and BS Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin; M. Ed. Educational Leadership in Higher Education, Texas Christian  University 

Fun Facts: I taught English in Madrid for two years

 Favorite things to do in Austin: Walking/running around town lake when I get the   chance, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with friends

 Favorite Austin Restaurants: Mandolas, Chuy’s, Ramen Tatsu-Ya




Ty Finley - Academic Advisor



Education: Bachelor of Science and Arts Human Development and Family Sciences / Business Spanish Certificate, UT Austin 2023

Favorite things to do in Austin: I love to take walks around the city, particularly the parks. I also love to listen to music, so you will frequently spot me with my headphones on. I am probably listening to pop, R&B, Female Rap, or K-pop.

Fun Facts: I've met Joe Jonas and Matthew McConaughey at the same time on UT campus! I was once world ranked on Mario Kart Wii (Mushroom Gorge). I've seen Ariana Grande in concert 3 times!







Viviana Vargas - Academic Advisor

iviEducation: B.S. in Public Health, The University of Texas at Austin

Fun Fact: My first time on a plane was at three weeks old, and I’ve been on a plane at least once a year since then.  

Favorite things to do in Austin: Visiting the Austin Central Library, checking out different markets (Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller is great!), and walking my dog around public parks (she loves Walnut Creek Park!)






Paige Hawkins - Administrative Associate 



Education: B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin '22

Fun Fact: I am a licensed Nail Technician!

Favorite things to do in Austin: Visit the 360 bridge, have a picnic at Zilker, and try new brunch spots.