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Carol Dochen Photo Dr. Carol Dochen is the Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC). She also serves as the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) coordinating prelaw advisor for Texas State and has taught University Seminar 1100 since 1994. Carol actively participates in state, regional, and national professional organizations for both developmental education and prelaw advising as a mentor, presenter, author, and consultant. She earned a B.S. in Psychology/Guidance Studies and an M.Ed. in School Psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, with a minor in Educational Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been employed at Texas State University since 1974.

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Lindley Workman Alyea is the Assistant Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center where she coordinates the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program and oversees SLAC’s outreach and public relations components such as the College Note Taking workshop for Bobcat Preview. Lindley assists SLAC’s Director with strategic planning and other projects that help SLAC meet its long term goals and objectives. She is a long-time teacher of University Seminar and serves as a Faculty Mentor to US 1100. Lindley holds a B.A. in Radio, Television, & Film and an M.A. in English from the University of North Texas. Over the years, she has worked in collaboration with New Student and Parent Orientation, the Emerging Stars Summer Bridge program, and has also taught Freshman Composition at the University level. Lindley began work at Texas State in 2005.


Carl Photo Dr. Carl Van Aacken is the Lab Coordinator for the Student Learning Assistance Center, where he coordinates the Tutoring Program, including supervision of the Center’s private tutoring and Veteran Tutoring Veteran Program.  Carl is a graduate of Texas State University with a Ph.D. in Adult Education.  Prior to starting doctoral studies, Carl completed more than twenty-five years of military service in the U.S. Army. His military service included three combat theater deployments and duty as a Drill Instructor, Pre-Ranger Instructor, and CSM Instructor. His current areas of research interest focuses on postsecondary student success, elements that influence learning, and the role of emotions in learning. Carl joined the team at Texas State in 2016.  Military experiences.

Rene Photo René LeBlanc is the Student Development Specialist III and assists both the Learning Lab Coordinator and the Instructional Programs Coordinator. She also supervises the Online Writing Laboratory and provides writing tutor training and other trainings as needed. In addition, René is an official prelaw advisor and works in this capacity with students who are planning to go to law school. René teaches courses in Texas State's English and Honors departments, too. René received a B.F.A in Studio Art and an M.A. in English from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, specialization fiction, from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Developmental Education.

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Victor M. Capellan is SLAC’s SI Coordinator for STEM. He is responsible for the daily management of SLAC's SI program in Computer Science & Mathematics, as well as the Team Leader component of SI leadership. Victor graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Leadership. Victor is an active researcher and a former SI leader himself. He joined Texas State University in July of 2018 and is excited to be a Bobcat!


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Lisa Whittaker is the Systems Support Specialist II and provides technical aid and/or supervision for the Learning Lab, the Supplemental Instruction program, Veterans Academic Success Center, the Online Writing Lab, and for the Student Learning Assistance Center staff. Lisa also as serves as the SLAC webmaster. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and has been working at Texas State since 1994.


Kathi Photo Kathi Ritch is the Administrative Assistant III and organizes, plans, and directs the efforts of the Student Learning Assistance Center's office staff.  She manages all of the office's clerical operations, supervises student employees, implements administrative policies, and initiates and coordinates all secretarial functions of the Center's office. Kathi worked at Southwest Texas State University from 1980-1998. After a brief absence, she returned to Texas State in August, 2006.

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Holly Shinn is the Doctoral Assistant for SLAC’s Learning Lab. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists the tutors.

Brenda Photo Brenda Lopez is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Learning Lab. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists the tutors. Brenda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in  Technical Theatre at Texas State University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Ed for Student Affairs in Higher Education.

 


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Catharina (Cat) Reyes is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC's AAC/End Zone location. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists tutors at the AAC/End Zone. Cat obtained her Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish at Texas State University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Ed. in Secondary Education.


Catherine Photo Catherine Gonzalez is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, working closely with Lindley Workman Alyea, and Senior Leaders to recruit, hire, train, and supervise the SI’s. Catherine received her B.S in Psychology and Counseling from Southwestern Christian University, in Bethany, Oklahoma. Currently, she is working on receiving her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.

Bobcat Photo Belinda Aguilar is the Graduate Research Assistant for SLAC Outreach, serving as primary coordinator for all outreach programming related to SLAC. She provides educational workshops for student organizations, advisors, faculty, and staff and represents SLAC on committees directly related to outreach, such as Bobcat Preview and New Student Orientation. Belinda earned her B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University and is currently working on her specialist degree in the School Psychology graduate program.