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”Students helping students succeed.”Students at the Tutorial Services Center
John Boyer
John Boyer Rank: Graduate Student
Major: Philosophy
Tutoring in: Philosophy and writing
Professional Goal:  Professor of Philosophy
Cool Points: My birthday is July 4th, which means that every year you celebrate my birthday with fireworks, whether you know it or not.
Favorite Quote:  "A Socratic dialog, like a Pentecostal sermon, is a monologue punctuated by worshipful interruptions.”  Tom Wolfe
Yisrael Dahvid
Yisrael Dahvid Name: Yisrael Dahvid
Rank: Senior
Major: Psychology
Tutoring In: Psychology
Professional Goal(s): to pursue a PhD in Neurospychology and work in a clinical setting to assess and develop new methods of treatment.
Cool Points: Concertmistress of UST Orchestra; Psi Chi Officer; VP of Disability Awareness Club
Favorite Quote: "It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop." -Confucius
Ramon Marcel Peixoto Reis de Jesus
Ramon Marcel Peixoto Reis de Jesus Rank: Junior
Major: Accounting and Finance; Minor: Economics
Tutoring in: Accounting and Finance
Professional Goal: To be the CEO of a big company before I am 40
Cool Points: I was born in Brazil and lived in Portugal for 12 years. I transferred to the University of St. Thomas in 2012 to play for the soccer team. Playing the guitar at the beach while the sun sets is what I would like to do every day but, unfortunately, is not an easy thing to do in Houston.
Favorite Quote:  “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”  Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Brian Jones
Brian Jones Rank:  Graduate Student
Major:  Theology
Subject(s) tutoring in: Theology and writing
Professional Goal: To become a professor through the integration of the highest standards of teaching and scholarship.
Cool Points: I’m married with three daughters (a set of twins in there). I received a scholarship to play football at Edinboro University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  I performed a stand-up comedy routine in December, 2003, at Jr.’s Last Laugh in Erie.  My father was a starting wide receiver for Ohio State in the early 1970s under legendary coach Woody Hayes.  I have published essays in Catholic Social Science Review, Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Social Justice Review, and New Blackfriars. “The Professor Who Knows Our Name” will be published (September 2014) in Schall at Georgetown, a collection of essays in honor of the renowned political philosopher Fr. James Schall.
Favorite Quote: "As a child. . . I hung up at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full stocking. . .Then I only wondered who put the toys in the stocking; now I wonder who put the stocking by the bed, and the bed in the room, and the room in the house, and the house on the planet, and the great planet in the void."   G.K. Chesterton on Christmas."
Elizabeth Maccato
Elizabeth Maccato Rank: Senior
Major(s): Biology (Minor Physics)​
Subject(s) tutoring in: Physics, Writing
Professional Goals: Medical doctor and space medicine
Cool Points: I received a full scholarship to research nanoparticles at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany over the summer. 
Favorite Quote: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always."  Ghandi
M. Elizabeth MacArthur
M. Elizabeth MacArthur Rank: Senior
Major: English Literature; Minors: Art History and Philosophy
Tutoring in: English Literature, Art History, and writing
Professional Goal: To remove unnecessary and excessive pathos from standard rhetoric.
Cool Points: Assisted teaching piano for ten years without knowing how to play at all.
Favorite Quote:  "Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously."  G. K. Chesterton
Chelsea Mendonca
Chelsea Mendonca Class Rank:  Junior 
Major:  Biochemistry
Tutoring in:  Chemistry and writing
Professional Goal:  Pediatric Oncologist
Cool Points:  I'm a shopaholic and I love to travel.
Favorite Quote:  “Believe you can and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Holly Merta
Holly Merta Class Rank: Senior
Major(s): Biology, BS
Tutoring in: Biology and writing
Professional Goal: To get a PhD in biomedical science in order to be a researcher!
Cool Points:  I have done research at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital as part of BCM's SMART program. This school year, I am continuing research in Down syndrome acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Texas Children's. I also love to sing and play piano, and I can try to imitate any Disney princess singing.
Favorite Quote: "Blanket statements achieve nothing." - Me, just now
Kechi Okwuchi
Kechi Okwuchi Class Rank:  Senior
Major(s): Economics with a minor in Marketing
Tutoring in:  Economics and Writing
Professional Goal:  Financial analyst for the UN.
Cool Point(s):  I love singing (I'm pretty good too!), writing fiction, and I have a vested interest in Japanese culture and Korean music (a.k.a. kpop)
Favorite Quote:  "The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." - Princess Diaries, believe it or not.
Joseph Ramos
Joseph Ramos Rank: Graduate Student
Position: Tutor Coordinator
Degrees Earned: MLA in English; B.A. in Philosophy, MSA in progress
Tutoring in: English, accounting, and writing
Professional Goal:  I want to keep the books and write the books.
Cool Points: By September, 2014, my wife and her three sisters will have been married within the span of 9 months. I don't know, but I think this is some kind of recent American record, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
Quote: "Being a maker reminds: you were made" - Franz Wright
Anthony Tran
Anthony Tran Name: Anthony Vu Tran
Rank: Senior
Major: Mathematics    
Tutoring In: Math, Bio Statistics, Physics, Introductory Biology
Professional Goal(s): Petroleum Engineer
Cool Points: My single, most absolute, goal in life is to live in a submarine.
Favorite Quote: "You are already Words and stories. To write is Only to breathe."  David Jones 
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