Freshman Counselors: 

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Susie Thiessen 

Assistant Director of Admissions

About Susie

Hometown: Seminole, TX

Alma Mater: The University of Texas Permian Basin

College Major: Bachelor’s in Athletic Training; Master’s in Sports Administration

How long have you worked at UTPB: 4 years (3 years prior as a student worker)

Favorite thing about UTPB: The small campus and friendly faces!

A fun fact about yourself: I once got in trouble for having a near-life size Fathead of Dirk Nowitzki in my office. It’s still up.

Permian Basin Territories - Garden City HS, Reagan County HS, Ozona HS, Sonora HS, Rankin HS, McCamey HS, Migland HS, Midland Legacy HS, Richard Millburn Academy - Odessa & Midland, Odessa Montessori
Texas Territories - Central Texas, Houston, Waco, Killeen, Temple, Austin, College Station
State Territories - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia 

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Elida Escarcega 

Freshman Admissions Counselor

About Elida

Hometown: Liberal, Kansas

Alma Mater: Kansas State University

College Major: Social Science and American Ethnic Studies

How long have you worked at UTPB: 2 years

Favorite thing about UTPB: The affordability plus high quality education students receive.

A fun fact about yourself: I can recite the entire script of the Wizard of Oz by memory. #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome
Permian Basin Territories - Kermit HS, Monahans HS, Wink HS, Pecos HS, Grandfalls-Royalty HS, Presidio HS, Odessa HS, Midland Classical, Holy Cross Catholic HS
Texas Territories - San Antonio, South Texas, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Brownsville
State Territories - Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida 
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Maritza Baeza

Freshman Admissions Counselor

About Maritza

Hometown: Andrews, TX 

Alma Mater: UT Permian Basin! 

College Major: Bachelor's in Social Work and Master's in Business Administration

How long have you worked at UTPB: 1.5 years

Favorite thing about UTPB: The tight-knit community and friendly environment.

A fun fact about yourself: I can quote Spongebob on the daily basis.

Permian Basin Territories - Denver City HS, Seminole HS, Andrews HS, Seagraves HS, Grady, Lamesa HS, Early College HS at Midland College, Midland Trinity, Midland Christian, Coleman HS, Midland Texas Leadership Charter Academy
Texas Territories - Panhandle, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, San Angelo
State Territories - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

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Madeline Green 

Admissions Counselor

About Madeline

Hometown: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Alma Mater: The University of Texas Permian Basin

College Major: History

How long have you worked at UTPB: 6 months

Favorite thing about UTPB: The walking trails and the pool! (if the pool would just open)

A fun fact about yourself: I like to make music!

Permian Basin Territories - Crane HS, Buena Vista HS, Iraan-Sheffield ISD, Fort Stockton HS, Permian HS, Odessa Collegiate Academy, UT Permian Basin STEM Academy, Greenwood HS, Premier HS - Midland
Texas Territories - El Paso, Big Bend, Van Horn, Alpine, Sanderson
State Territories - Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington 

David's Head ShotDavid De La Garza

Freshman Admissions Counselor

About David

Hometown: Zapata, TX

Alma Mater: Texas A&M International University

College Major: Communications

How long have you worked at UTPB: 1 month

Favorite thing about UTPB: The Visual Arts Studio has fun and amazing equipment for student artists.

A fun fact about yourself: On the weekend I enjoy painting miniatures and practicing many hobbies including 3d art, photography, and writing.

Permian Basin Territories - Borden County HS, Snyder HS, Big Spring HS, Westbrook HS, Colorado HS, Coahoma HS, Sweetwater HS, Roscoe Collegiate HS, Sterling HS, OCTECHS, New Tech HS, Compass Academy
Texas Territories - Dallas, Forth Worth, Wichita Falls, Longview
State Territories - Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota

 

Transfer Counselors: 

Alex Castro Head ShotAlejandro Castro
OC2UTPB Transfer Specialist

About Alex

Hometown: Del Rio, Texas

Alma Mater: Angelo State University, Ram Em’!

College Major: Homeland Security & Political Science; Masters in Higher Education and Leadership

How long have you worked at UTPB: 7 months

Favorite thing about UTPB: The close relationships a student is able to establish with faculty and staff.

A fun fact about yourself: I can juggle a piece of gum with my feet.

Emily Thoms Head ShotEmily Thoms
Admissions Transfer Counselor

About Emily

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Alma Mater: Texas A&M University

College Major: Journalism

How long have you worked at UTPB: 8 months

Favorite thing about UTPB: The desire that faculty and staff have for each student to succeed.

A fun fact about yourself: I work with Permian Basin Animal Advocates (non-profit organization) to help educate surrounding communities regarding spay/neuter and also rescue/foster abandoned or unwanted animals.