The Homecoming Royalty will be two students who serve as role models for the University’s diverse student body. The expectation is that they exhibit qualities such as leadership, upstanding character, and a commitment to both academic and extracurricular success. The students selected as the 2017 Homecoming Royalty are a positive representation of the University of North Texas student body.
2017 Homecoming Court
Ayodele, a name originating from the Yoruba tribe, native to Nigeria, means joy. Since her birth in Newark, NJ to her upbringing in Dallas, TX, Ayodele’s light and love for life has always been contagious. While at the University of North Texas, Ayodele was one of the nine young women that chartered the Professional Women’s Council, all while serving as the Mentorship Chair for the African Students Organization. She now serves as the President of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, as well as the treasurer for UNT’s Women of Gold Organization. Ayodele is completing her Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Human Resources. Ms. Rivas has plans on using all of the knowledge she has acquired in her undergraduate experience to pursue a career in mentorship, with hopes of starting her own non-profit organization for underprivileged girls. She believes that every girl deserves to feel like a confident queen, by loving themselves from within through their everyday life.
Barrett Cole is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies, concentrating in International Studies, College of Information and Leadership Studies, with a Rehabilitation Studies certificate. She currently serves as the Student Government Association President, 1st Vice President for Panhellenic, Treasurer for Chi Omega, Chair of the Distinguished Lecture Series, Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Series Committee, a member of Green Jackets, a Student Alumni Ambassador and a proud member of NT40. Her time on campus varies, from working for Housing to playing intramurals to attending meetings in Hurley to conversing with students, however, she can usually be spotted in some shade of green! Barrett is a proud member of the Mean Green Family and can be spotted at nearly every University-wide event. She loves supporting UNT, whether through attending a lab band performance or a sporting event, she will be there! She has a passion for education and hopes to one day work in the education policy realm. Barrett wants to change the world one peer at a time and maybe tell a pun or two along the way.
As a fourth year senior in the Honors College pursuing a career in Human Capitol consulting, I have been blessed enough to experience what most college students have not in their collegiate careers. I was able to compete on the competitive NCAA level as a Division 1 student-athlete for three years, join the sorority of my dreams while becoming the First-Vice President, make life-long friendships with a diverse amount of people, and truly find myself. The University of North Texas has given me many opportunities in which I am grateful for. As a proud Nigerian-American from Flower Mound, Texas, education coupled with school pride has always been something innate in me. Often described as a vibrant, positive, and welcoming person, I am the fifth of six kids. I am passionate about motivating others towards channeling their true purpose. Due to that, I started my own YouTube channel in which I give advice. I also engage in multiple mentoring programs and started an annual community service activity within my National Pan-Hellenic Council. Ultimately, I wish to give back just an ounce of what this University has given to me by representing it with class and pride on the 2017 Homecoming Court.
Hey y'all. My name is Paige Sennet and I am a Junior here at the University of North Texas studying Psychology and Criminal Justice. I love being involved on campus and reaching out to students to make their time at UNT the best it can be. I'm in Student Government Association, Black Student Experience, Kappa Kappa Gamma, NT40, and the Greek Community Board. I love being a leader on campus because I can make an impact. I want students to know that they will always have someone to talk to and look up to. I try my best to encourage everyone around me to be the best versions of themselves. My two fur babies, Xena and Henry, are my world. I love watching Netflix and hanging out with my friends and sisters in my free time. I also love Homecoming. Homecoming is a time here at UNT where our Mean Green family from around the world can come together to celebrate what an amazing university we have the honor of being a part of. Go Mean Green and Go Homecoming!
Hey, ya’ll! My name is Roni Fraser and I am from Schertz, Texas which is right by San Antonio. I am a junior studying emergency administration and disaster planning with a double minor in nonprofit and international studies. My dream job is to work with non-profit organizations such as Save the Children or Convoy of Hope and assist during humanitarian crises. I am involved in Alternative Service Breaks, North Texas 40, International Association of Emergency Managers, Sigma Phi Lambda and I am an RA at Honors Hall. Outside of the bustle of campus, I enjoy a variety of hobbies and activities. I am passionate about serving my community and giving back. You’ll probably see me around volunteering or attending many philanthropy events. I enjoy spending time with my friends crafting or watching the Netflix/Hulu, my favorite show being This Is Us or The Amazing Race. I also love spending time outdoors and hammocking since it does release any stress I have. I am also a board game junkie, so it is one of my favorite things to grab some friends and get my game face on (even if I’m not good). Happy Homecoming UNT!
1,2,3,4,5,7,1,3,5,7 . . . counting pyramids in cheer is all about the odd numbers that is where all the important parts are. One of the many things that I love about cheerleading is how it can be its very own language not just anyone can walk off the streets and understand all the different terminology behind it. North Texas Cheer is something that I hold dear to my heart it’s where I found a family that I didn’t know I was missing. I am a student at the University of North Texas; I am a senior in the fashion design department. I will graduate in the spring of 2018 with a B.F.A. Along with school I also balance cheer, I am a four-year veteran on North Texas Cheer also serving as a coed captain. Once I graduate I plan to move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and work in the corporate office for American Eagle Outfitters.
My Name is Boluwatife Akinbayo. I am an ambitious young man that takes interest in a multitude of subjects and disciplines. Growing up I had a hard time picking a passion, and often became frustrated with myself. Upon Arrival at UNT I have experienced a remarkable amount of personal growth, and stumbled upon what I believe is my calling. I don't have it all together yet but, who does? I am a senior with a major in Finance, but passion in entertainment. Ultimately what fulfills me, and brings me joy is bringing joy to others. I have no doubt that upon graduation God will place me exactly where I am supposed to be.
My name is Durel Eugene Dolford, a senior Marketing major from Missouri City, TX. I am a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a member of the North Texas 40 Foundation, a Professional Leadership Program Alum and I currently serve as the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Stephen Lewis was born on April 28, 1995 in a small town of Carthage, Texas. He graduated from Carthage High School in May of 2013, where he participated in Band, Theatre, Student Council, Basketball, and Track & Field. Upon completion of high school, Stephen continued his education at Panola Junior College in Carthage, TX. In May of 2014, he graduated from Panola with an Associate’s degree. During his time at Panola College, he participated in basketball, band, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Green Jackets. In the Fall of 2015, Stephen embarked on his journey at UNT. Throughout this journey, Stephen participated in Best Buddies, the Student Alumni Ambassador Program, the Professional Leadership Program, Student Government Association, the Student Money Management Center, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Due to his hard work, dedication, and pride in UNT, Stephen has been bestowed with the honor of being named President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, selected 2017 UNT Student Employee of the Year, and 2017 Mentor of the Year for the Student Government Association.
I am a Senior studying Marketing and I serve the University of North Texas as an Eagle Ambassador and have been leading tours of the campus for a little over 2 1/2 years. My freshman and sophomore year I was a member of the Green Brigade Marching Band. I am a brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and am also invested in Special Olympics: Denton and the Dallas Rowing Club. I like good coffee, playing with my cat: Samson, and a common frequent of the Waffle House on University Dr.
In order to run for Homecoming Royalty, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be sponsored by a registered student organization or university-sponsorsed student group (e.g., North Texas Cheer, Intercollegiate Athletic Team).
- Organizations/groups may only nominate one candidate
- The nominee must be a current member of the organization/group
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative UNT GPA or higher
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student, unless graduating in December 2017
- Must be in good conduct standing with the University
- Must not have been on the Homecoming Court in previous years
- Must not be on the 2017 Homecoming Crew