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The LAUNCH offices are located in Henderson Hall, on the Texas A&M University main campus.


Phone: (979) 845-1957
Fax: (979) 845-0300

Honors Email: honors@tamu.edu

Undergraduate Research Email: ugr@tamu.edu
 

LAUNCH
4233 TAMU
College Station TX, 77843-4233

 

Ms. Sheila Amos - Administrative Coordinator, LAUNCH Programs
Ms. Annabelle Aymond - Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research
Dr. Sumana Datta - Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Studies; Executive Director, LAUNCH
Ms. Bonnie Davila - Program Coordinator, ASPIRE Learning Community
Mr. Wallace Fanning - Program Coordinator, Honors First Year Experience
Mr. Austin Ford - Honors Student Council and Undergraduate Teacher Scholars

Ms. Shaton Harris - Program Coordinator, Century Scholars Learning Community
Dr. Alex Hernandez - Program Coordinator, Honors Latino Student Organization
Mr. Demetrius "DJ" Johnson - Program Coordinator, FOCUS Learning Community
Mr. Dustin Kemp - Program Assistant, Capstones and Honors

Dr. Jonathan Kotinek - Associate Director, LAUNCH: Honors
Dr. Sarah M. Misemer - Assossciate Director, LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research
Ms. Toni Nickel - Program Assisstant, Learning Communities
Mr. Benjamin Simington - Program Coordinator, National Fellowships, University Scholars
Ms. M. Caroline Sonnier - Program Assisstant, Undergraduate Research
Dr. Laura Wimberley - Program Manager, FOCUS Learning Community


Staff Profiles

Shelia R. Amos

Shelia R. Amos

Administrative Coordinator
Works with: All LAUNCH programs
 
samos@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Shelia Amos is the Administrative Coordinator for the LAUNCH office, where she handles all administrative level duties. Her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, where she drove from College Station to Houston every week, never missing a class. She received her Master's degree in Business Management, from Texas A&M Commerce in 2016. Her most proudest moment was walking across that stage, thanking God that she finally did it!

Shelia was raised in Hugo, a small country town in Oklahoma. She started working for Texas A&M in 1992. While employed at Texas A&M University, she has received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award (Team Award) in 1997, member of the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals since 2004, Vice President of TAPSS (Texas A&M University Association of Professional Support Staff) in 2007 and was a member from 2005 through 2008. Serves currently on the University Staff Council, representing staff of Academic Affairs, where term ends in Fall of 2017. She is also serves as an ambassador of the WELLNESS WORKS as an WELL Leader here at Texas A&M.

In Shelia's spare time she likes traveling, working out, reading novels and spending time with family, especially grandchildren.

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Annabelle G. Aymond '14

Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research
Works with: Undergraduate Research Scholars, Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
 
ugr@tamu.edu
annabelle.aymond@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 
Annabelle graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies and a minor in Japanese Language. She oversees the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors, Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal, Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences and the general marketing needs for the LAUNCH office.

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Sumana Datta, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director, LAUNCH

Works with: All LAUNCH programs, including Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholarship, Beckman Scholars, Posse Scholars, and Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal

sumad@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Dr. Datta earned her Bachelors in Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology with Honors from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Biology from the University of California at San Diego. She went on to do postdoctoral work at Yale University in the area of developmental neurogenetics. Dr. Datta joined the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Texas A&M in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and has risen to the rank of Professor. She became the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research in 2008, the Executive Director of Honors and Undergraduate Research in 2010, and the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies/Executive Director for LAUNCH in 2015.

Dr. Datta has served as a Councilor for the Undergraduate Research Program Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research for six years, been awarded numerous competitive grants, written publications, and given invited seminars and presentations around the world.

Dr. Datta is currently the faculty advisor for the AggieWesties and Vertical Expressions dance organizations. She loves traveling around the world for fun and competing in West Coast Swing with her husband around the country when she isn't home cuddling cats, cooking, and reading fantasy, historical fiction, or mysteries.

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Bonnie Davila '03

Program Coordinator for Learning Communities
Works with: ASPIRE, ACREW, GTF and Brownsville Scholars
 
lc@tamu.edu
bedavila@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Bonnie Davila is the Program Coordinator for ASPIRE, ACREW and GTF Scholars at Texas A&M University. Bonnie grew up in Bryan, Texas and didn't go far to attend college at Texas A&M University. She is a 2nd generation Aggie and Texas A&M was the only school she applied to being die hard Aggie. Bonnie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Fall of 2014.

After graduation, Bonnie moved to Dallas, Texas where she worked for Texas MENTOR, which is Foster and Adoption Agency. She began as a recruiter, helping those become licensed foster families and then moved in the Quality Assurance Coordinator. In her time at Texas MENTOR, Bonnie helped 2 families adopt their foster children. In 2008 she moved back to College Station and started working at Texas A&M as a Financial Aid Advisor overseeing the TEACH Grant Program. During her time in Scholarships & Financial Aid, Bonnie moved over to the scholarship side where she oversaw the Incoming Freshman Scholarships, helped recruit National Merits and National Hispanic Scholars to Texas A&M and began her career in Student Development when she was the Advisor to ASPIRE. During her time in Scholarships & Financial Aid, Bonnie completed her Masters of Agriculture in Agricultural Development in December of 2010.

In 2015, Bonnie transitioned over to LAUNCH to solely work with the ASPIRE, ACREW and GTF Learning Communities. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys doing CrossFit, spending time with her family/friends, traveling, and of course Fightin Texas Aggie Football!! She is also heavily involved in the Junior League of Bryan-College Station, where she has been a member since 2011 served as the VP of Fund Development from 2016-2017 and will be VP of Finance 2018-2019.

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Austin Ford

Program Coordinator for Honors
Works with: Honors Student Council, Honors Advising
 
honors@tamu.edu
austin-ford@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Austin received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska, with minors in Ethnic Studies and African-American Studies. He began his career in higher education as an Admissions Counselor working with National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars, along with first-generation students and populations that historically have been under-represented amongst the academy.

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Wallace R. Fanning

Program Coordinator for Honors
Works with: Honors Housing Community, Honors First Year Experience, and UGST 181: Honors
honors@tamu.edu
wallace_fanning@tamu.edu

ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Wallace is from Colorado where he graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder in May of 2007. His undergraduate degree is in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy. At University of Colorado Wallace chose to focus his course work on Political Theory, Political Philosophy, and Ethics. This included honors courses such as: Democracy and Difference, Comparative Economics, Democratic Theory, & Conservative Political Thought. During his time on campus, Wallace also participated in the Chancellor's Leadership Residential Academic Program, debate, and served as both a Resident Advisor and Senior Resident Advisor for the campus.

In 2007, Wallace accepted a full time position at McKendree University as a Resident Director for the Office of Residence Life. In this position, he had the opportunity to work with amazing students both from Southern Illinois and also from around the world. His passion for Social Justice helped him to found the Social Justice Living Learning Community in 2009. During his time at McKendree University, Wallace also had the honor of being a Co-Coordinator for U.S. Presidents Honor Roll Center for Public Service, a member of the University Technology Advisory Committee, and also served as an Assistant Coach to Nationally Ranked McKendree Parliamentary Debate Team.

In 2011, after graduating with a Master's Degree in Educational Studies from McKendree University, Wallace accepted a position at Texas A&M as Community Director. Working for Residence Life at Texas A&M University, a preeminent housing organization, afforded Wallace many different opportunities including working with the Wellness Living Learning Community, Aggie Gateway to Success Provisional Admissions Program, Summer Housing for the Corps of Cadets, and most recently with the Lechner & McFadden Hall Honors Housing Community. During his time, Wallace served as the committee chair for the Graduate Hall Director Development Committee, a member of the departmental Mission and Values Realignment Committee, the Website Committee, and more.

When not working, Wallace loves to play with gadgets (he sometimes gets to play with technology at work too!). From building his own computers to researching the latest in technology and games, Wallace hopes to bring passion for learning, technology, and action-oriented problem solving to the community. Wallace also hopes that the gnomes, hobbits, dragons, and randomly placed technology in his office will be an inviting space for students, staff, and faculty to stop by, as he loves to help!

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Shaton Harris

Program Coordinator for Learning Communities
Works with: Century Scholars Program, Century Scholars Organization
 
shaton@tamu.edu
lc@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Shaton Harris is the Program Coordinator for the Century Scholars Learning Community which is composed of high achieving students from over 100 high schools across the state of Texas. Shaton's responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing the planning, development and implementation of assigned the Century Scholars Program; teaching multiple sections of the UGST 181 course (on topics such as ethics, cultural awareness, college adjustment, self-awareness, etc.); advising students in program; and acting as primary advisor for the Century Scholars Organization.

Shaton is originally from Pasadena, California, but came to Texas to attend Sam Houston State University where she received her B.A in Sociology, with a minor in communication studies. Shortly after graduation, Shaton joined the Honors and Undergraduate Research (now named LAUNCH) team and has enjoyed her professional growth with this department. After being in the department for 5 years, and working primarily with the University Honors Program, Shaton is very excited to be working with the Century Scholars Program. She was in a similar program at Sam Houston during her undergraduate years so she has a personal connection to the Century Scholars Program.

In December 2016, Shaton completed her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She thoroughly enjoyed classes on topics such as Career Development, Human Growth and Development, Multicultural Counseling, and Crisis Prevention Intervention. As a program coordinator and advisor, she has been able to implement many techniques and practices learned in the previously mentioned courses. Shaton also has a passion for integrating basic counseling techniques with advising. She believes her master's degree has allowed her to enhance her ability to build rapport with students and colleagues, which is very important to her.

Shaton enjoys spending time with her family (especially her nephews), reading books, watching movies, and traveling. She has traveled all over the US and a bit abroad (most recently visiting Doha and Dubai). Shaton is excited to continue to see the world, learn about different cultures, and enjoy many international cuisines.

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Alexander Hernandez, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for Honors Latino Student Organization
Works with: Honors Latino Student Organization
 
aahernandez@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Alexander Hernandez is currently a program coordinator within the LAUNCH program with a special focus on diversity-related issues as well as an Instructional Assistant Professor within the department of sociology here at Texas A&M.

Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Florida. During his academic career he has taught at a number of universities and colleges including Boston College, the University of South Florida, Framingham State University, and Rutgers University-Newark.

Dr. Hernandez works with faculty and staff within the LAUNCH program to better understand and aid students from varied backgrounds succeed at Texas A&M. He uses the insights gained from working with those inside and outside of the program to create an environment that provides all students with an opportunity to not just survive but to thrive.

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Demetrius "DJ" Johnson

Program Coordinator for Learning Communities
Works with: FOCUS and Ignite
 
focus@tamu.edu
demetriusj@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Demetrius Johnson, better known as DJ, is from the capital city of Arkansas but also spent time growing up in Panama City, Panama and St. Louis, MO. He attended Webster University in St. Louis where his initial plan was to major in Audio Production and be studio engineer for a recording studio. DJ did change his major a few times and eventually decided on Music Business. He had aspirations of being a manager, agent or A&R. During his time at Webster, DJ served as an orientation leader and coordinator. He also spent time as the technical coordinator for the University Center and on-air personality/ operations manager for The Galaxy, Webster University's student run radio station.

During graduate school, which DJ remained at Webster for, he took an interest in wanting to help students get into school and sought out opportunities to be an admissions counselor. While unsuccessful in acquiring an admissions position, he was given an opportunity to serve as a Residence Hall Director at Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City, MO, thus starting his career in higher education. He would hold that position for a little over a year before taking the same position at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. DJ remained at Sam Houston for 3 years prior to coming to Texas A&M University in March of 2016 to become a Program Coordinator with the FOCUS Learning Community.

When not in his office or working with his students on campus, DJ is probably participating in a local trivia night, calling the hogs watching an Arkansas Razorbacks football or basketball game or spending time with family and friends in Houston or Dallas.

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Dustin Kemp '07

Dustin Kemp '07

Program Assistant for Capstones and Honors
Works with: Undergraduate Teacher Scholars, Undergraduate Service Scholars, Undergraduate Leadership Scholars, Undergraduate Performance Scholars, Honors Advising
 
capstones@tamu.edu
dkemp@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Dustin Kemp hails from the city of Enchantment; otherwise known as Lake Jackson, Texas. Before completing his Undergraduate degree in Agricultural Leadership & Development, Dustin traveled the country as a front man, sharing his passion for music with Austin-based band J. Greene & The Steady (formerly known as Suite 709). Dustin was voted one of The Austin Chronicle’s Best Male Vocalists two years in a row. Singing is his first love.  His music has been featured on hit TV shows "Nashville" and "The Fosters". Kemp and his band were featured on Google+ and Billboard.com.

An avid yoga practitioner and graphic designer, he expresses himself through his practice and his art. Dustin is the Capstone Program Assistant for LAUNCH at Texas A&M University, a Maroon & White Leadership Coach, an Aggie ALLY, and he is an advocate for equity and social justice. Dustin is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.His top five STRENGTHS are: Adaptability, Maximizer, Empathy, Connectedness, and Ideation. Dustin’s favorite quote is: “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”

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Jonathan Kotinek '99, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Honors
Works with: All LAUNCH: Honors programs, including Honors Housing Community, Udall Scholarship

jkotinek@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Jonathan Kotinek '99 serves as Associate Director for Honors and Undergraduate Research, where he has advised students since 2003. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Texas A&M University and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 2013. His dissertation title was "Narrative Examination of the Experience of Early Entrance to College."

Kotinek has been active nationally at the Honors Education in Research Universities (HERU) conferences, and with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), serving as a member of the Board of Directors from 2011-2014, and as co-chair for the Diversity Issues Committee 2006-2016. Kotinek has co-edited two monographs on the topic of diversity as it relates to Honors education. The first, Setting the Table for Diversity, was published in 2010. Kotinek authored a paper in that book entitled "Passing for Black: White Privilege and Black Identity Formation." The second, Occupy Honors Education, is scheduled to be published in Fall 2017 and will contain another paper authored by Kotinek entitled "What is Truth? Teaching Constructivist Perspective for Diversity in Honors."

On campus, Kotinek has been active with the advising community and served as President of the Texas A&M University Advisors and Counselors in 2010. He has served as Communications Officer for the TAMU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi since 2012, and has also previously organized campus-wide discussion groups for administrators working with learning communities. Among his awards, Kotinek has been recognized with a Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Grant (2013), TAMU Department of Educational Psychology, Distinguished Honor Graduate, (2013), TAMU Diversity Service Award (2011), TAMU President's Meritorious Service Award (2011), TAMU President's Award for Academic Advising (2010), and was a Fish Camp namesake (Session E, Green) in 2007.

Outside of work, Kotinek is an active member of the St. Silouan the Athonite Orthodox Church and established the Aggieland Beard & Moustache Club (now known as the Brazos Valley Whisker Club). He is an avid runner, enjoys local restaurants, and spending time with his family.

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Sarah M. Misemer, Ph.D.
 

Sarah M. Misemer, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
Works with: All LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research programs, including Undergraduate Research Scholars, Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal, and the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
 
ugr@tamu.edu
smisemer@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Sarah M. Misemer, associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and associate director of undergraduate research in the LAUNCH office at Texas A&M University, is the author of Secular Saints: Performing Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Perán, and Selena, (Tamesis, 2008), Moving Forward, Looking Back: Trains, Literature, and the Arts in the River Plate (Bucknell UP, 2010), and Theatrical Topographies: Spatial Crises in Uruguayan Theater Post-2001 (Bucknell UP, 2017). Professor Misemer has published numerous articles on contemporary River Plate, Mexican, Spanish, and Latino theater in journals such as Latin American Theatre Review, Gestos, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, South Central Review, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Languages, Letras Peninsulares, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Hispanic Poetry Review. Misemer is also the Editor for the Latin American Theatre Review Book series and serves on the Editorial Board for the Latin American Theatre Review journal. Her main areas of research include contemporary Uruguayan and Argentine theater, performance, and literature. She is the current past president of the Asociacián Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica and served three consecutive terms as associate director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University (2001-2017).

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Toni Nickel '17

Toni Nickel '17

Program Assistant for Learning Communities
Works with: Focus and Ignite
 
lc@tamu.edu
tnickel10@exchange.tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Toni Nickel '17 has recently joined the Learning Community working group to work with the programs FOCUS and Ignite. During her time at Texas A&M University, she has worked extensively with several areas of LAUNCH and looks forward to continuing work with LAUNCH this year.

Toni graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies and History from Texas A&M; she also obtained minors in Anthropology and German. During her time on campus, she was an Undergraduate Research Scholar, Honors Fellow, was a semi- finalist for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, and studied abroad in Spain and Germany.

Toni was born in Pennsylvania, but her family now resides in Houston. She attended high school in League City, Texas. In high school, she was active on the Debate team, in FFA, and was a member of JSA. Toni spent her first year in college as a Sea Aggie at Texas A&M at Galveston. Following her freshman year, she transferred into her program in College Station.

After settling into College Station, Toni began working for the Hillel at Texas A&M University as their Holocaust Education Intern. Toni brought several Holocaust survivors to speak on campus, and she also hosted the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for a speaking engagement in Aggieland.

As the Holocaust Education Intern, Toni also worked as the Undergraduate Fellow for the USC Shoah Foundation on Texas A&M's campus. In this capacity, Toni engaged with advanced research opportunities and discovered methods for utilizing the Visual History Archive, an archive she used as a primary resource in her undergraduate thesis entitled ""The Impact of Women on the Organization of the Kindertransport: An Examination of the Historical Record Primarily Utilizing Oral History."

After her internship had ended, Toni began work with the Department of Residence Life and the English Language Institute at Texas A&M. In working with these departments, Toni was able to engage with her peers and build her passion for working with others.

Toni will be working with the Learning Communities until Fall of 2018 when she will attend law school. In her free time, Toni enjoys watching Netflix, playing with her cat Franklin, and reading.

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Benjamin Simington

Benjamin Simington

Program Coordinator for National Fellowships and University Scholars
Works with: University Scholars and National Fellowships
 
natlfellows@tamu.edu
bsim1968@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Benjamin Simington graduated from Carthage College in Wisconsin with a B.A. in History and minors in Asian Studies and Great Ideas. After graduation, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to India. While in India, Benjamin conducted research on the monks of the Kabir Panth, an Indian religious community. He also serves as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador.

In his current role as a Program Coordinator for National Fellowships and University Scholars, Benjamin advises and encourages students interested in applying for national fellowships, such as Fulbright, Rhodes, or Truman. He also coordinates activities and seminars for the University Scholars Program and provides general Honors advising. As an avid reader and traveler, he is happy to help students to think deeply and be involved in transformative experiences.

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M. Caroline Sonnier '16

M. Caroline Sonnier '16

Program Assistant for Undergraduate Research
Works with: Undergraduate Research Scholars, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors, Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences, Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal
 
ugr@tamu.edu
veritasforever2013@exchange.tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Caroline Sonnier '16 is one of the newest additions to LAUNCH, joining the office as the program assistant for Undergraduate Research. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in English and a minor in business administration in December 2016 and has been working for LAUNCH since graduation.

Though born in Austin, Texas, Caroline grew up with Aggie parents and knew early on that she wanted to attend Texas A&M. Having previously completed a research thesis her senior year of high school, she was familiar with research when she came to Texas A&M. However, she hardly anticipated being so involved with research in college. As a freshman, Caroline participated in the Cornerstone Honors Living Learning Program, an experience that culminated in a research project and a spring break trip to Berlin, Germany. Initially compelled by the English Honors capstone requirement, Caroline also participated in the Glasscock Summer Scholars Program and the Undergraduate Research Scholars program during her junior year and conducted research on conversion and conflict resolution. Her thesis title was "Conversion and Conflict: Raising the Stakes." This research, combined with a longtime interest in counseling psychology, led Caroline to pursue a Communication Leadership and Conflict Management Certificate to become certified as a mediator. During her undergraduate career, she also served as a worship leader for A.M. Prayer, an organization that hosts weekly prayer and worship meetings in All Faiths Chapel on campus.

Outside of work, Caroline is an active member of Grace Bible Church and enjoys playing guitar, reading mystery novels, spending time with friends, and going to the gym.

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Laura Wimberley '87, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Learning Communities
Works with: All LAUNCH: Learning Communities programs, including Mentor Training, International Trips, and Living-learning Programs
 
lc@tamu.edu
lwimberley@tamu.edu
ph. 979.845.1957
fax 979.458.4668
Henderson Hall
 

Laura Wimberley became the inaugural Associate Director for Learning Communities in 2017. She joined LAUNCH in 2015 when FOCUS Learning Community moved over from Transition Academic Programs. Her work with learning communities began in her position as Program Coordinator for the Texas Aggie Access Program and continued through the development of the Aggie Access Learning Communities to serve first-generation underrepresented students at TAMU. Wimberley served as the Director for Aggie Access and took the team to the National Learning Communities Summer Institute in 2005.

Formally educated as a historian, Wimberley presented numerous times on water-related history, worked with undergraduates as an academic advisor, and taught introductory courses in United States and Texas history. Laura received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University as well as a second B.A. in History from the University of Houston. Wimberley started her work in student affairs as the Assistant Coordinator for Student Life Orientation advising the Aggie Orientation Leader Program, handling new student conferences and developing the first welcome week. Afterward Wimberley's work continued to center on the first year transition, learning communities and the development of peer leaders. Wimberley has been honored with the Traditions of Excellence Staff Award and as a namesake for Fish Camp. She previously served as an advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, the Pagan Students Association, and Alpha Phi Sorority. Wimberley is an On Course Ambassador and regularly serves on university-wide committees focused on learning communities, peer mentors, retention and persistence, or first-year issues.

Away from the office, Wimberley prefers creative pursuits and hanging out with her life partner. Wimberley plants perennials in a Monarch Way Station and feeds the cardinals in their yard but spends the majority of her free time quilting or otherwise creating art. She has an extensive fabric "stash" and is always in the midst of multiple quilt projects at once.The family cats like to assist with quilts particularly if Dr. Who or other science fiction stories are on the television. Wimberley also enjoys traveling, yoga, and reading (mysteries, fiction and cookbooks).

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