2020 Homecoming Court

Allison Quisenberry

Nominating group: Active Minds
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science & Nonprofit Leadership

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a "Mental Health Training Day" where any student can be provided free virtual Mental Health First Aid training. 

Bio: Hi everyone! I'm Allison, a senior double majoring in Political Science and Nonprofit Leadership Studies, and I'm elated to serve on the Homecoming Court this year. During my time at UNT, I've served as Vice President of Membership for Delta Gamma, the Outreach Director for the Student Government Association, and Vice President for UNT Active Minds. Out of all of my experiences, one thing I've held close to my heart is my passion for mental health advocacy which led me to intern at United Way Denton County serving under the Director of Mental Health Initiatives. After graduation, I hope to move out of state and work as a Volunteer Manager at a national mental health nonprofit all while studying for the LSAT to attend law school in a few years. By running for Homecoming Royalty, I hope to continue the dialogue of mental health on campus and de-stigmatize seeking out resources.

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Andrea Ortiz

Nominating group: Graduate Student Council 
Classification: Doctoral
Major: Clinical Psychology

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Develop a campus-wide Relaxation, Empowerment, and Meditation (REM) Initiative.

Bio: Andrea Ortiz is a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. During her time at UNT, she serves as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Graduate Student Council, a member of the Mental Health and Diversity & Inclusion Committees, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Outside of UNT, Andrea can be found volunteering with the Junior League of Dallas, dancing Samba, or spending quality time with her family and friends. On campus you can often spot her writing papers at Willis, zipping around the Union, or practicing an asana at the Rec. Andrea is currently an intern at Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas, and is passionate about empowering survivors of complex trauma. She will pursue a career in military psychology with an emphasis on women Veterans' issues, upon graduation. Andrea is immensely grateful for the opportunities, support, and community UNT has provided; she is honored to be considered for this year's Homecoming Court. 

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Brianna Sattaur

Nominating group: Women of Gold
Classification: Junior
Major: Behavior Analysis

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a program geared towards aiding those who have been affected by Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Bio: My name is Brianna Sattaur. I am a current Junior , with a major in Applied Behavior Analysis and a double minor in Human Development and Family Sciences and Special Education. With my major and minor, I plan to receive my Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) certification. In addition, my goal is to help children and families in inner city communities , with intellectual disabilities, build social and behavioral confidence. During my free time, I love to explore campus, try new things, and listen to spoken word or podcasts.I've always had a passion for UNT and it's campus ever since my freshman year. I've found that the many resources and organizations on campus have shaped my drive to help others socially, emotionally, academically, and racially. In my time at UNT, I was involved with the Student Government Association, other University events, and I currently serve as an executive board leader in three student organizations : Women of Gold, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and The Caribbean Student Association. All organizations have instilled professional growth, charisma, and advocacy by giving back to my community and being a campus leader. With this, I am confident in giving back to the community and sharing my knowledge in protecting others.

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Ivalis Guajardo

Nominating group: North Texas 40 Student Foundation
Classification: Senior
Major: Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a seminar primarily for first generation college students. This would provide comprehensive understanding on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a guide to student loans, resources to utilize on campus, professionals to provide guidance on this new experience, and aid in genuine connections between these first gens.

Bio: Hi y'all & yee-caw! I'm Ivalis Guajardo and am currently a senior here at the University of North Texas as an Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology major. I have a passion for all things UNT and have seen many facets of this university during my time here. As a first-generation college student, I immediately yearned to be immersed in the college culture. During my time here, I have been a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Student Government Association as the current Election Commissioner, Student Alumni Ambassadors, and am currently serving as the North Texas Forty Foundation President, to which I am also representing on homecoming court! Aside from all of these amazing organizations, I have also worked as a resident assistant here at Maple Hall for three years now. It is incredibly important to me that we have first-generation and Hispanic representation, and I feel grateful to be able to serve in this space. I hope to be an advocate for these groups in this role and beyond! 

Kayla Smith

Nominating group: Kappa Delta
Classification: Senior
Major: Behavior Analysis

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host an Inclusion Week dedicated to spreading awareness and celebrating the special needs community. 

Bio: My name is Kayla Smith and I am currently a senior at the University of North Texas studying Behavior Analysis and Special Education. I am the president of UNT Best Buddies and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. My passions include spreading awareness for the special needs community, leading bible studies with new friends and I especially love fat animals and old people. I feel so blessed and honored to be nominated for Homecoming Court and I am proud to have been an Eagle over the past 4 years. I hope that I will be able to make a positive impact and spread inclusion throughout our campus.

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LaNija Bryant

Nominating group: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Classification: Senior
Major: Business Integrated Studies: OBHR & Marketing

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Improve the outdoor space for the Union Starbucks (for example, by hanging fairy lights) to create a space where students are able to study, relax, and express themselves creatively and artistically.

Bio: LaNija Bryant is a senior pursuing a degree in Organizational Behavior Human Resources & Marketing and minor in Psychology. She currently serves as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Lead Coordinator of Black Student Experience, and a North Texas Forty member. LaNija is passionate about empowering and caring for the youth and is involved in various community volunteer programs like Denton Child Nutrition and Denton County Friends of the Family. As an advocate for mental health and sexual assault, she keeps an open, supportive space for all people. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor sports, traveling the world, and game nights with her friends. At UNT, LaNija works as a Student Assistant for Advising Services and has served on various platforms such as a panelist speaker, BSU Assistant Director of Programming, Liason for Mental Health: O.U.T., and more. Post-graduation, LaNija is interested in the Operations or Talent Acquisition department of Human Resources. Her love for Denton is expressed by cheering at UNT Athletic events, listening to Denton music festivals, or taking walks at Denton Square. LaNija is extremely proud to be in the Mean Green Family and is grateful for her UNT memories.

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Paige Saucer

Nominating group: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Classification: Junior
Major: Emergency Management and Planning

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Host a seminar over disaster preparation including what to do if a disaster or emergency strikes on campus, discuss the mental health aspect of disasters/emergencies, and how to build your own emergency kit so you are prepared.

Bio: Paige Saucer is a junior pursuing a degree in Emergency Management and Planning with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. She currently serves on the Student Government Association Executive Board as the Student Allocations Director, a member of the North Texas Forty Student Foundation, a Campus Life Ambassador for Student Activities, and has participated in an Alternative Service Break with CLS by helping rebuild houses in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina victims. Paige is also actively involved with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, as she held the Secretary position for Chapter Council  in 2019 and is currently serving on the Standards Committee. Paige is very passionate about community service as she is currently an active intern for the Texas Salvation Army and she clocked over 300 hours this past summer as the only COVID-19 contact tracer for her home county. In her free time, Paige enjoys spending quality time with friends, reading and binge watching Netflix, and always trying to find new ways to become inspired.  Paige has many future goals after graduation such as joining the Peace Corps, moving to Washington D.C. to work for the National Red Cross, or starting her own nonprofit.

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Roy Jimenez

Nominating group: Green Jackets
Classification: Senior
Major: Journalism

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Host a week of events for first generation college students.

Bio: Roy Jimenez is a senior pursuing a degree in Journalism with a digital/broadcast concentration, with a minor in Psychology. He is also part of the Honors College. In his time at UNT, Roy is a proud member of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. He is also the current President of Green Jackets, a member of North Texas Television, and a member of the First Generation Student Organization. He also serves the University of North Texas as an Eagle Ambassador by welcoming thousands of potential new students and visitors to our beautiful campus. As a first-generation college student, I embarked on my UNT journey without any friends or idea what college would be like. I can officially say I have gained a family and developed a tremendous amount of love for UNT. You can often find him in the Union eating at his favorite place Avesta. He is also a stage three cancer survivor of three years and still in remission. Roy hopes to land his dream job as an investigative reporter at WFAA in Dallas. His favorite color is green, and his favorite food is Italian. He loves supporting UNT in any way he can. GO MEAN GREEN!!

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Sam Weber

Nominating group: Student Alumni Ambassadors
Classification: Senior
Major: Marketing

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Host a week of events entitled Pride Week.

Bio: Sam is currently a Senior pursuing a degree in Marketing with a Concentration in Professional Selling, as well as a Minor in Communication Studies. He currently serves as an Eagle Ambassador, Mentor to first year students within the Student Government Association, Vice President for the North Texas 40, and Student Director for the Student Alumni Association. Sam got involved immediately within the UNT community freshman year within the Student Government Association, University Program Council, and Greek Life. Since then he has been involved within various departments ranging from Division of Student Affairs, Union Programming, Division of Enrollment, Orientation and Transition Programs, and Affinity Programming. In his free time, Sam can be found at nearly every Campus Wide event, grabbing lunch in the Union with friends, or at home watching Reality TV. Upon graduation in May, Sam will pursue his MBA in Management and continue to strive to better himself and those around him. Sam's ultimate long term goal is becoming either an entrepreneur or CEO of a company.

Will Bodnar in suit outside next to large UNT letters

Will Bodnar 

Nominating group: Eagle Ambassadors
Classification: Senior
Major: Communication Studies

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Donate the funds to TRIO at UNT

Bio: Will Bodnar is a Senior Communication Studies Major. Raised in Carrollton, TX, he came to the University of North Texas in the Fall of 2017 to stay close to his family and further his education. Ever since his college journey started on his campus tour, Will has fallen more in love with UNT every day. UNT has provided him with opportunities beyond his wildest imagination and some of the best people he has ever met. During his time at UNT, Will has been Vice President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a Sports Anchor for ntTV, an ASB Volunteer, a member of the Professional Sales Program, Director of Recruitment for North Texas 40, Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Student Alumni Association, and a member of the SGA Election Board. He is currently in his third year as an Eagle Ambassador where every day, he gets an opportunity to help prospective students and their families start their college journeys. When free from campus, Will enjoys spending time with friends and family, cheering on the Mean Green, and going on adventures.