Advising Centers

 

The Advising Centers provide integrated academic and career services to students. Through collaborative teaching and learning, the advising process empowers our diverse student populations to explore and navigate their academic and career pathways. Our teams are committed to providing quality academic advising services and information about available resources to support students in achieving their desired goal, whether that be the completion of a certificate and/or Associate degree and support their transition to a four-year institution or the workforce.

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Out of an abundance of caution, Palo Alto College and the entire Alamo Colleges District have made temporary changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the concerns related to the coronavirus. Our teams are ready to provide assistance remotely. Please contact them via phone or email to get started.

Starting Aug. 31, Academic Advising will have "Remote Drop-in Hours" via Zoom every Monday from 1-5 p.m. Click on tabs below for respective Zoom links.

 

BOLD (Business Opportunities Leadership Demand Occupations) Advising Center

The BOLD Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in business, landscape, logistics, and other career and technical education degrees and certificates.

Phone: 210-486-3366

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.

Drop-in

Carmen Velasquez-Avila
cvelasquez@alamo.edu
Advising Team Lead
210-486-3337

College Tip: Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Mako Ivory
tivory2@alamo.edu
Advising Team Support Specialist
210-486-3337

College Tip: You cannot “wing-it”, plan adequate study time for every class.

  

Christina Barrera
cbarrera96@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3342

College Tip: Make today the perfect day to be AWESOME!

  • Agriculture Science
  • Basic Nursery & Landscape Operations
  • Business Administration (Q-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (A-M)
  • Cosmetology Esthetician
  • Floral Design Technician
  • International Logistics Management
  • Landscape & Horticulture Scienc
  • Landscape & Turfgrass Equipment Tech
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Small/Organic Farmer
  • Transportation Management
  • Turf & Landscape Irrigation
  • Turfgrass & Golf Course Management
  • Warehouse Management

Selso Casares
scasares@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3341

College Tip: Never be afraid to ask questions at Palo Alto College, we are here to help you succeed.

  • Business Administration (L-P)
  • Business Management (A-N)
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entry-Level Energy Technician
  • Entry-Level Supervision Certificate
  • Industrial Technology – Instrumentation Specialization Industrial Technology – Manufacturing Specialization
  • International Business
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (N-Z)
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Process Technology Specialization
  • Production Technician Specialization
  • Oil and Gas Process Technology Specialization*
  • Oil and Gas Production Technician Specialization*

Elena Olivo
eamador@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3255

College Tip: The start of your journey is full of unknowns, the middle of it is hard work, the end of it is gratification.  

  • Administration Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Bill and Account Collector Certificate
  • Business Administration (A-K)
  • Data Entry Technician Certificate
  • General Office Certificate
    Health Care Administrator (ALL)
  • Secretarial Assistant Certificate
  • Virtual Administrative Assistant

Rafael Sayago
rsayago@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3343

College Tip: In college as in life, a positive approach will lend strength to challenging days. 

  • Administration Level 1 Certificate
  • Business Management (O-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (N-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator Level 2 Certificate
  • Enterprise Innovation Level 1 Certificate
  • Entry-Level Supervision Level 2 Certificate
  • Global Business Management Level 1 Certificate
  • Leadership Level 1 Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (A-M)
  • Marketing Level 1 Certificate
  • Viticulture and Enology Specialization

Devin Vasquez
Peer Advisor
dvasquez186@alamo.edu

Major: Politics and Law (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Fall 2019 PAC graduate (Associate of Arts)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 

I like being a peer advisor because I get to be a part of the PAC family and what it stands for. We are constantly helping students and I feel proud to be a helping hand in their educational goals. I will always encourage students to keep going and to dream big. 

Jean “Kali” Price
Peer Advisor
jprice113@alamo.edu

Major: Psychology (St. Mary’s University)
Fall 2019 PAC graduate (Associate of Science)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 

I am currently a junior undergraduate at St. Mary’s University under their Psychology program, but I trace my educational roots to Palo Alto College where I formally graduated in December 2019 with an Associate of Science. As a Peer Advisor, I aim to make the transition into higher education easier for first-time college students—I’ve been there before myself! Both as a student and student ambassador, I learned that the path to education is a team effort and I hope to pass on that lesson to students I assist in the future.

Lauryn Maldonado
Peer Advisor
lmaldonado82@alamo.edu

Major: Communications (Texas A&M University–San Antonio)
Fall 2019 PAC graduate (Associate of Arts)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 

I enjoy being a peer advisor because I like to help people see their full potential and also help everyone see they can reach their goals. My advice for current PAC student would be to always stay on top of your school work but also take the time to take care of yourself because college can be a bit stressful for some, but not impossible!

Asia Ledezma
Peer Advisor
aledezma20@alamo.edu

Major: Political Science (Palo Alto College)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 

I am currently attending Palo Alto College and working as a Peer Advisor there as well. One thing I like about being a Peer Advisor is that I’m able to have a flexible schedule that works with my school schedule. Education is one of my top priorities and I love that my job cares about my education as much as I do. One piece of advice I have for PAC students is to take advantage of all the opportunities the school has for you.

Shelby Fabian 
Peer Advisor
sfabian6@alamo.edu

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Generalist EC-6 (Texas A&M University–San Antonio)
Spring 2019 PAC graduate

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 

I like being a peer advisor because it gives me the opportunity to help other students navigate their way through college. My advice to PAC students would be to stay focus on your own journey through college and to utilize all the resources on campus and online.

SEED (Service Education Empowerment Diversity) Advising Center

The SEED Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in education, criminal justice, kinesiology, fine and performing arts, communications, psychology, and social work.

Phone: 210-486-3131

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.

Drop-in

Nidia Lopez
nlopez137@alamo.edu
Advising Team Lead
210-486-3132

College Tip: Be present, ask questions, take notes and study!

  

Elizabeth Garcia
egarcia1200@alamo.edu
Advising Team Support Specialist
210-486-3131

College Tip: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop!

  

Nora Arredondo
nesparza@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3120

College Tip: Sometimes in life we fail, but never give up, that is where our greatest lessons are found.

  • Art
  • Criminal Justice Forensics*
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Arts & Media
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Speech Communication
 

Aracely Bowling
areyes47@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3133

College Tip: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
- Winnie the Pooh

  • Criminal Justice
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
 
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Mandy Martinez
mmunoz184@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3122

College Tip: "When there is no struggle, there is no strength; the most effective way to do it, is to do it!"

  • English/Fine Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Kinesiology
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Spanish
 

David Mancha
dmancha8@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3123

College Tip: Always strive to do your best, and never be afraid to ask questions!

  • Education: 8-12 Specialist
  • Education: 7-12 Specialist
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist
  • English/Fine Arts English
  • History
  • Kinesiology
 

Amanda Morales
aamaya19@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3346

College Tip: “There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.”

-Edwin Louis Cole

  • Drama
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Speech Communication
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
 

Raquel Alvarez-Valenzuela
Peer advisor
rvalenzuela28@alamo.edu

Major: Sociology (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Spring 2019 PAC Graduate (Associate of Arts)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor:

Being a peer advisor provides me with the exciting opportunity to assist students with achieving their academic goals and assist the certified advisors with daily task and projects!

Advice for PAC Students: 

Preparation is the key to success, always plan ahead and be prepared follow through.

Crisley Esquivel
Peer advisor
cesquivelsarceno@alamo.edu

Major: Social Work (Our Lady of the Lake University)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor:  

I like being a peer advisor because I get to help students navigate through college. One advice that I have for PAC students is to do not be afraid to ask for help.

Heaven Trevino
Peer advisor
htrevino52@alamo.edu

Major: Psychology (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Spring 2019 PAC Graduate (Associate of Arts)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor:

I like being a peer advisor because I get to assist individuals with a hard transition in their life; college isn’t easy, and for some it’s the first time they’re truly on their own. My advice to students would be to take a breath and trust the process, it seems scary but you will find your way. I am one of many who is dedicated to the student’s success, with the student’s help we can ensure that they follow whatever path they seek.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advising Center

The STEM Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math areas.

Phone: 210-486-3660

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.

Drop-in

Maria Diaz-Viesca
mdiaz150@alamo.edu
Advising Team Leader
210-486-3663

College Tip: Follow your dreams. It may be a tough journey but it will be worth it in the end.   

Nancy Gonzales
ngonzales222@alamo.edu
Advising Team Support Specialist
210-486-3660

College Tip: Always back up your assignments to a spare flash drive when our technology gets a little glitchy.  

Danielle E. Medina
desquivel@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3661

College Tip: Get involved on campus- Join a college club, sport, community service, volunteer for a campus event, etc. Don’t be afraid to be active on campus.  

  • Biology/Pre-Professional (Biomedical Sciences & Dental Hygiene)  
  • Pre-Nursing
 

Jennifer Huebenthal
jhuebenthal2@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3664

College Tips: Invest in yourself and your dreams, your worth it!

  • Pre-Nursing
 

Shawn Melendes
smelendes1@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3662

College Tip: Try to soak in as much information as possible and use the resources that are available to you.

  • Computer Science (All computer majors)
  • Mathematics
 

Adam Rodriguez
arodriguez4@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3667

College Tip: College can be difficult mentally, physically, and emotionally. You will face new challenges and will start to question things that you previously knew. Do not fear these changes; rather embrace them! Change is the only way we can become better people and create a better future. Understand that you are not alone in this journey. Seek advice from those that have been in your same situation and that are here to help you succeed.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Nutrition
 

Malorie Vallejo
mvallejo34@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3668

College Tip: Always believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable.

  • Veterinary Technology
 

Jose Vega
jvega19@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3669

College Tip: Little by little will soon become a lot.

  • Biology/Pre-Professional
  • Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, & Mechanical)
 

Clarissa Abrego
Peer advisor
cabrego12@alamo.edu

Major: Psychology (Texas A&M-San Antonio)

 

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 
Being a peer advisor is such an incredible opportunity to be able to help others start their educational journey. Being someone that faculty, staff, and students can go to for assistance is an honor. Being a part of the PAC family and seeing students succeed makes it that much rewarding.

Advice for PAC students:
My advice to students would be to never give up and always push forward. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

Cheyenne Cisneros
Peer advisor
ccisneros68@alamo.edu

Major: Biology/Pre-Professional (Palo Alto College)
Spring 2020 PAC graduate (Associate of Science)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 
Being a peer advisor has been one of my best experiences. This position has allowed me to help students who are seeking a higher education. I have been given an extraordinary opportunity to help these students. Being able to interact with many students on a day to day basis and help change their experience at PAC for the better really motivates me as an individual. I love being able to take part in being a small fraction in helping students succeed in their educational career. I feel honored taking part to help the PAC community. I have professionally and personally grown with this role.

Advice for PAC students:
Never let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. Always keep a positive and open mindset. You are capable of more things than you know. Your future is worth everything. You are the future.

Miroslava Cruz
Peer advisor
mcruz300@alamo.edu

Major: Psychology (Palo Alto College)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 
I love being able to connect with fellow students who are just like me trying to receive an education. I feel as Peer Advisors we can connect with students on a different level because we know what it is to be in their shoes in that moment when they ask for help. It is a privilege to be able to serve our community by helping our students because we contribute a small part in their journey to success.

Advice for PAC students:
Always work hard for what you want. Your journey to getting that degree is the best part, so enjoy it, because you will never get it back. Never give up when things are tough, you will only become wiser.

Ashley Hernandez
Peer advisor
adovalina4@alamo.edu

Major: Social Work with minor in Psychology (Our Lady of the Lake University)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor: 
I really enjoy being a peer advisor for the STEM advising center because I not only love the environment, but I love the people that work alongside with me. I also really enjoy helping students with any problems they face when trying to apply or register for classes along with anything else they may need.

Advice for PAC students:
My advice to PAC student would be to always try your hardest and never give up. I know it gets hard at times, but you have to push through it and keep trying in order to achieve all your goals. It will all be worth it in the end.

Jose Sotelo
Peer advisor
jsotelo33@alamo.edu

Major: Kinesiology (Palo Alto College, graduating Fall 2020)

Why I enjoy being a peer advisor:
I enjoy being a peer advisor because I enjoy helping students with any questions they have and enjoy learning from the peers to give me as much knowledge as possible for the future.

Advice for PAC students:
Just be yourself and stay focused. College is easy, do not overstress yourself.

Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists students who are receiving VA benefits or Hazelwood Exemptions. Your assigned advisor will assist you with processing your benefits, developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.

Drop-in

Vince Bosquez, Senior Coordinator for Veterans Affairs
Central Texas College (AA), University of Texas San Antonio (BA), and National University (MBA)
College Tip: The expert in the field was once a beginner—don’t give up!

 

Flor Arambula, Certified Advisor
Palo Alto College (AA), Texas A&M University San Antonio (BAAS)
College Tip: Remember WHY you started your journey when things get tough.

 

Eloisa Cordova, Certified Advisor
St. Mary's University (BA), University of Texas at San Antonio (pursuing M.Ed)
College Tip: Follow your dreams and know that you are paving the way for others too!

 

Laurie Medina, Senior Advisor/Certifying Official
Northwest Vista College (AA/AAS), Grand Canyon University (BA), Texas A&M University Commerce (pursuing MS)
College Tip: It is never too late to achieve your educational goals. 

 

Disability Support Services

Cindy Morgan
cgibbs3@alamo.edu
Sr. Coordinator - Student Success
210-486-3027

College Tip: Be your own advocate!

 

Advising FAQs

What is (Remote) Academic Advising?

Academic and career advising are a series of ongoing and intentional conversations among students, faculty, and staff that establish a pathway to the realization of educational, career, and life goals. Each student is assigned a certified advisor who will assist in developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Remote advising provides the same quality advising service virtually via Zoom. To schedule a virtual advising session, you will still request an advising appointment through AlamoNAVIGATE. Your advisor will send you a message with a link to log into your appointment via Zoom. You are not required to create a Zoom account, nor are you required to download the Zoom app to your personal device (phone, tablet, or computer) to use the link.

What is not considered Academic Advising?
  • Advisors do not provide mental health counseling, but will make referrals, when necessary.
  • Advisors will not register you for your classes.
  • Advisors will not choose your career or your classes for you.
How am I assigned an advisor?

An advisor will be assigned to once you have enrolled for classes for the semester. The advisor assigned to you is dependent on your degree plan or program of study.

How do I schedule an appointment to meet with my advisor?

All students can schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor through AlamoNAVIGATE via their ACES portal. Appointment times fill quickly; please plan accordingly.

Appointments are scheduled for 30-45 minute periods and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Same-day appointments are not available. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact your advisor via phone or email to reschedule as soon as possible. Arrive on time (in person or remotely) and check-in at the Advising Center. If you arrive 5 minutes or later for an appointment, you will be asked to reschedule. Bring all necessary documents (i.e. your Progress Report) and a valid photo ID to your appointment.

Need help? View this Step by Step Guide to schedule an appointment in AlamoNAVIGATE.

Can an advisor assist me via email?

Your assigned academic advisor is available to answer questions submitted from your ACES student email. In emails to advisors, please include your first name, last name, and student Banner ID number, as well as a detailed description of what you need. Your advisor will return your message as soon as possible on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep in mind that your advisor may take up to 24-48 business hours to respond, so please be patient. If a question is of high importance or requires more time, we recommend you set up an appointment with your assigned advisor though AlamoNAVIGATE via ACES portal.

What are some advising best practices?

To have a productive meeting with your advisor, please consider the following:

  • Create a reminder on your phone or in your planner with your appointment date and time.

  • Prepare for your meeting by creating a list of topics you want to discuss, such as classes to take, transfer planning, graduation planning, goal setting, and any additional concerns regarding your educational and career goals.

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor every semester to ensure you stay on track. Meet with them early to avoid any issues with registering for future classes once registration begins.

  • Create an advising folder to keep yourself organized with advising-related materials [Example: degree plan, schedule plans, notes from advising meetings] and keep it updated.

  • Check your ACES student email regularly, as this is how your assigned academic advisor will communicate with you. Keep in mind that any emails sent from your personal email may get caught in our SPAM folder, and we will be unable to see them.

  • Personal accountability – It is important that you review your grades and GPS degree plan in ACES at the end of each term.

 

Contact Information

Michael Ximenez
Director of Advising

Brenda Espinoza 
Administrative Services Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3300

Summer Hours (June-July)

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Regular Hours (Aug.–May)

Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Saturdays of the month: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.