Laurel Hall Staff
600 N. LBJ Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Ben is the Residence Director for Laurel Hall and Retama Hall. He has been an RD since 2014 and joined Texas State in January 2019. Ben graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in Computational Mathematics, a minor in both German and Theatre, but fell in love with his role in Residence Life as a Resident Assistant and decided to pursue Higher Education as his career. Ben worked as a Resident Director in Alabama for 4.5 years and earned his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University prior to joining Texas State. The second-oldest of four, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, board games, and acting when given the opportunity. Who knows? You may see him up on stage one summer at a local theatre. Fun fact: he can grow a dapper mustache, which he did when he was cast as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee.
Dr. Valencia's Biography
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia is the faculty member-in-residence for Laurel Honors House. Dr. Valencia is an Assistant Professor of Digital History and a graduate of the Honors College at Texas State University. He earned his PhD from Fordham University in New York City, has taught at Harvard University, directed the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, and is a Research Editor for EuropeNow, the journal of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. He loves to write, draw, read, swim, drinks massive amounts coffee, and is a rare book collector. In particular, he enjoys talking to students about their plans to graduate in honors, internship and research strategies, preparations for graduate school, and everything from super-hero television series to contemporary social issues. He can regularly be spotted at Taylor-Murphy hall, Commons hall, the Honors Coffee Forum, or Jo’s Cafe.