Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

LACS Staff

Management

Tatem Oldham, Director

Coaching

Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach Karintha Fenley, Law School Admissions Coach
Alex Batchelor, Corporate Career Coach Alyssa Wyvratt Burnham, Career Coach
Jeramy Howell, Career Coach & Course Coordinator

Recruiting & Special Programs

Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist Brian Fonken, Curriculum Development Specialist & Instructor

Administrative

Reyna Buitron, Services & Outreach Coordinator LACS Student Workers



Tatem Oldham, Director

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: t.oldham@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages all aspects of career services and provides career coaching for graduate students seeking careers outside of academia.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience as a psychotherapist in both group and individual settings. Extensive training and five years' experience with the foster care system in Texas. Two years of recruiting experience and eight years in admissions coaching.

Education and Training

MEd in Educational Psychology, and BA in Communication Studies, both from The University of Texas at Austin. Advanced Certification in Conflict Mediation; 30 hours+ training in child abuse prevention and Child Protective Services. Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Part-time therapist, part-time philanthropist.

Best piece of career advice?

Talk to as many people in your field of interest as possible.  Be persistent when you job search!

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading and family time.


 

Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: c.vonliski@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Coaches students interested in graduate school in the humanities. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

13 years of experience working in career services. Interests in mental health, wellness and self-care.

Education and Training

M.S. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Kansas.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Running an animal sanctuary for old or forgotten pets.

Best piece of career advice...

It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do yet – career paths are windy and take us on quite the ride over the years. Pursue your interests and things you love inside and outside of UT – things will start to become clearer. Also, meet with us! We can help you break things down one chunk at a time.

When not at work I enjoy...

Exploring Austin’s hidden gems, booping my cat, Buns, hiking on the greenbelt, playing video games and venturing to new coffee places for a good cold brew.


Alex Batchelor, Corporate Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: a.batchelor@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates interested in the corporate sector translate their skills into career opportunities. Teaching Assistant for Economics to Career Course. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience with recruiting, interviewing, and employer relations.

Education and Training

MHR with a concentration in Human Resources and a BA in Letters, both from the University of Oklahoma

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Film Critic.

Best piece of career advice?

Your career path doesn’t have to be linear! It’s perfectly normal to take a winding route to the career you end up in, and it’s never too late to make a career change and try new things.

When not at work I enjoy...

Going to movies and concerts, watching college football, and playing all manner of nerdy trivia, tabletop, and board games.


Karintha Fenley, Law School Admissions & Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: karintha.fenley@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates navigate the law school admissions process. Provides critiques of personal statements and resumes for law school applications. Develops pre-law workshops to help students make informed decisions about law school. Provides one-on-one guidance to students interested in pursuing law school. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an academic advisor for 4 years.  Experience as a community organizer and journalist with a social justice focus.  Worked for MGM Resorts in Training and Development as well as other areas of hospitality.

Education and Training

MA - Journalism & Media Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BA - Marketing & Cultural Studies from Chatham University

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Law Professor

Best piece of career advice...

Always strive to do well in any position or role that you find yourself in, preferable one that's enjoyable to you!  You never know who you will meet that will be helpful or how it will help you to meet future career goals.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with my family, preferably outside in nature!  Reading, watching Netflix, and listening to true crime podcasts.


 

Alyssa Wyvratt Burnham, Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: a.wyvratt@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities, with an emphasis on internships. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Mental health and holistic wellness, meditation and mindfulness practices

Education and Training

MEd in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and BA in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Licensed Professional Counselor Associate In the state of Texas, supervised by Tatem Oldham, LPC-S.

Best piece of career advice...

Limit expectations of your life because you will be surprised by how many unexpected opportunities open up for you in your future.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Nutritionist 

When not at work I enjoy...

Yoga, spending time with my pets and partner, watching Parks and Recreations on repeat.


Jeramy Howell, Career Coach & Course Coordinator

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: j.howell@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. Manages the LA/UEX Internship Courses. Instructs UEX Internship Courses. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Working with first-generation students. Careers in politics and government. mental wellness. psychological trauma. 

Education and Training

M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling (In-progress), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center;
B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin;
A.S., General Studies, Paris Junior College

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

A correspondent for 60 minutes. I really enjoy watching how the correspondents rigorously question everyone from celebrities, politicians, dictators, to war criminals. They also travel to a variety of interesting sites around the world and compile it all into a well-worded, concise, and intellectually-stimulating report. 

In addition, I'd love to be a chef! Cooking is fun for me and I often find myself watchng several cooking videos in one sitting!

Best piece of career advice?

Learn to be comfortable with failure - Its okay to have or experience failure along your professional and personal journey. It's how you handle that failure that will define your path. You should learn from it and use it as a stepping stone for further self-improvement.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with my dog, Baxter. Paying attention to current affairs and politics. I also enjoy hiking, going to museums and reading about history. 


Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.pippins@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages the Liberal Arts Career Services recruiting and professional development programs. Develops and maintains employer relations, job and internship postings, recruiting events and professional development workshops.

Education and Training

BS in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Working for the United Nations aiding in the eradication of global poverty and in the support of justice for all.

Best piece of career advice...

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. " Anne Frank

When not at work I enjoy...

Cooking, going on adventures with my kids and reading.


 

Brian Fonken,Curriculum Development Specialist & Instructor

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: b.fonken@austin.utexas.edu 
Mailcode: G6200

Instructs major-specific career courses for students in the College of Liberal Arts. Advises and assists in course design for all courses provided by Liberal Arts Career Services.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

I have a dozen years of experience teaching college English, humanities, and writing courses, and experience in program administration and writing center work. I’m interested in student writing, literature and culture, and inclusive pedagogy.

Education and Training

PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine, B.A. in Plan II Honors and English from UT Austin.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Folk singer.

Best piece of career advice...

“Do the right thing by whoever crosses your path. Those coincidental people are your people.” – Maxine Hong Kingston

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading, music, climbing, roasting coffee, mountains.


 

Reyna Buitron, Services and Outreach Coordinator

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.buitron@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages our student workers and front desk. Helps students schedule appointments and learn more about our office. Coordinates services and events and leads tours of the office.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise:

Working with students in regards to academic interest and success

Education and Training:

Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...:

High school History teacher.

Best piece of career advice?:

“The Man in the Arena” quote by Teddy Roosevelt. Strive valiantly and do not be afraid of failure.

When not at work I enjoy...:

Going to the movies, traveling, reading and listening to live music.


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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
    512-471-7900