Active Friars On Campus9 members representing 15 different groups
Spring 2017 Friar Initiates
BA Advertising; Government, UT ‘18
Luciano (Lu) Barraza is involved in the Senate of College Councils and Liberal Arts Council. Last year, he helped establish the non-traditional student scholarship rewarding students for their academic success during their time at UT. He’s interested in attending law school with a focus on constitutional law, and enjoys working with students to help them achieve their academic visions within the university.
BA, Plan II Honors & Government, UT ‘18
Charlie is passionate about empowering young people in politics and reducing barriers to engagement. An alum of the Archer Fellowship, he is Co-President of the Plan II Student Association and serves as a University-Wide Representative in Student Government where he is focused on increasing civic engagement, establishing a National Fellowships Office, and promoting access to campus resources.
BA, Politics, Washington and Lee University, ’13; JD, UT ’18
Camie is a third-year student at The University of Texas School of Law. Passionate about women’s issues, she serves as President of the Women’s Law Caucus, student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic, and intern with the Center for Women in Law. She is also the Managing Editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and the research assistant for the Wind Law Treatise.
BSME Mechanical Engineering; BA Plan II Honors, Asian Studies Honors – East Asia, Asian Cultures & Languages – Japanese & History, UT ‘18
Skyler has manifested his passion for advocacy & interdisciplinary learning as part of the Society of Plan II Engineers, University Democrats, Burnt Orange Society, Longhorn Advocates, & Plan II Student Advisory Council, although his primary involvement is advocating for immigrant rights both on & off campus in University Leadership Initiative and interning in the Office of State Senator Sylvia Garcia.
BS, Merchandising & Consumer Sciences, UT ‘18
Katherine Kykta is a Merchandising student passionate about making sure outside-the-classroom fashion experiences are available to all students. She helped create a student-run fashion magazine called Spark. While not busy as Editor-in-Chief, she promoted awareness of textile learning tool Cotton University and, after participating, advocated for participation in the National YMA Fashion Case Competition.
Connor A. Madden
BBA, Management; BA, Plan II Honors, UT ‘18
Connor is a Plan II Honors, Business Management, and History major from Dallas, Texas. While on the Forty Acres he’s been actively involved in the Tejas Club, Student Government, Longhorn Advocates, Camp Texas, PlanTutoring, and The Spirit of Shakespeare. He also participated in the Normandy Scholar program, which allows for intensive study of the Second World War on campus followed by a summer trip abroad.
BA Economics, UT ‘18
Farhan’s passion for storytelling began in 2014 when he became a tour guide for UT. With the help of many mentors, he strives to realize his dream to make a difference in the lives of historically marginalized individuals of color. He is credited with founding the Muslim Leadership Council, Complex Adaptive Strategy Team, and Enrollment Management Advisory Board for these efforts in particular.
Ph.D., Geophysics, UT ‘18
Enrica Quartini is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. Educated in Italy, she came to Texas to study glaciers on Mars using satellite radar. Realizing subglacial volcanism is her true vocation, Enrica ditched Mars for Antarctica. She now finds her happiness doing airborne research in Antarctica and promoting K-12 STEM education across the US through Science Olympiad.
BBA, Business Honors & Finance; BA Plan II Honors, UT ‘18
Sean is the sole Longhorn in an otherwise all-Aggie family. Around campus Sean has been involved as president of the Undergraduate Business Council, business manager of the Tejas Club, and the co-founder of the Texas Society for Policy and Enterprise, among other things. Sean hopes to dedicate his life to finding pragmatic policy solutions that can fuel equality of opportunity and robust economic growth.
Friar Class: Fall 2016
BA Rhetoric & Writing Honors, Psychology, Liberal Arts Honors, UT ‘18
Rebecca has spent her time on the 40 Acres across campus, from Student Government and Women’s Resource Agency to Student Emergency Services and Texas Admissions. In 2017, she created an inclusive, crowd-sourced production, “Amplify,” that gives women on campus a platform to share their experiences. She has worked to fundraise for the Survivors Emergency Fund and now serves as a Peer Supporter in UT’s IVPS program.
The current Abbot (president) is Tim Ginn. The current co-Councilors (organizers of the new member selection process) are Dylan Adkins and Lizzy Tan.
The Almoner is the treasurer of the Society. The current Almoner is Katherine Allen.
Keeper Of Records
The Scrivener is the secretary of the Society. The current Scrivener is Autumn Caviness.
All Things Fun
The Summoner manages the Society’s social events. The current Summoner is Will Licon.
BS Mechanical Engineering; B.A Plan II UT ’17;
As a Forty Acres Scholar, Katherine studies Plan II & Mechanical Engineering. Although she enjoys her studies, she spends most of her time in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Off campus, Katherine has led startup ventures of her own, worked for Austin based startups, and given a TEDxTalk. On campus, she co-founded the Genesis Program, UT’s first student led venture fund providing pre-seed capital to student entrepreneurs.
Representative Mary González
B.A, Mexican Am. Studies, UT ’07; M.A, Social Justice, St. Edwards ’09; PhD Curriculum and Instruction-Cultural Studies in Education, UT ’18
During her time as an undergraduate student, Representative González focused on much of her time advocating for social justice both on and off campus. She worked extensively within the leadership of UT’s Multicultural Center, and helped to reform various student organizations, such as the Latino Leadership Council. Mary’s legacy lies in her fostering of a social justice consciousness that continues to be felt across UT.
BA Sports Management, UT ’17
Will Licon is a member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team and has been a contributing member to the team’s past 3 National Championships. He is an 11x National Champion, 15x All American and 12x Big 12 Champion. Most recently, he obliterated his own American record in the 200m Breast with an impressive 1:47.91 record setting time. Additionally, Will is a member of the Texas Cowboys and was heavily involved in FCA.
BA BFA Dance and Economics, UT ’18
She is Forty Acres Scholar who seeks to spread the arts throughout UT. She led Creative 40 Acres, which supports creative student expression, co-founded Texas Leaders, and spearheaded a project for the 2017 Cohen New Works Festival. She has participated in the Cuba Study Abroad, Texas Undergrad Law Review, and Delta Gamma; Lizzy is interested in the intersection of fine arts, non-profit, and socioeconomics.
BA Business Honors; Finance, UT ’18;
He is passionate about bridging the gap between race, religion, and socioeconomic class. His work has been two-fold. First, he developed a guide to help prepare underrepresented populations of students going abroad for the first time. Second, he had a firm hand in establishing Mount Nebo Austin, a registered non-profit and campus org that focuses on mentoring at-risk youth in the city’s affordable housing communities.
Autumn D. Caviness
Friar Class: Spring 2016
BA, MA, Communication, Texas A&M; MA, Radio-Television-Film, UT; PhD, Journalism, UT ’17
Autumn is a doctoral student in UT’s School of Journalism. Autumn also serves as the Director of The Center for Academic Excellence at Huston-Tillotson University. Autumn was recently named a recipient of the Texas Women in Higher Education Leadership Grant; selected as Faculty Member of the Year for HT’s Adult Degree Program; and featured in The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce’s #IAMBLACKAUSTIN campaign.
Friar Class: Spring 2016
BA, UT ’17
Vero is a first-generation college student from San Benito, TX who invested her time in several avenues on campus such as the Longhorn Pep Band, Orientation, Student Government, and ΣΛΓ; however, her main involvement was in the Multicultural Engagement Center. Through this space, she was able to advocate for students of color, particularly with issues of racial harassment on campus, both at a local and national level.
Timothy J. Ginn
Friar Class: Fall 2008
BA, UT ’09; MBA, UT ’19
Tim received his BA from Texas in 2009 and is currently a student in the Texas Evening MBA Program. In undergrad, Tim was active in the Tejas Club, Student Government and Texas Cheer. Tim has worked in both municipal and state government focusing on economic and infrastructure development and is currently a Policy Advisory to the Texas Transportation Commission. Tim is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer.
Friar Class: Fall 2016
BBA, Mexican Am. Studies & Government, UT ’17
She is involved in Orange Jackets, Hispanic Student Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, Disability and Inclusion Agency for Student Government, and Latino Community Affairs. She aspires to attend law school to work in either human rights or immigration law, then pursue working in congress on education policy. Alejandrina strives to empower those around her by encouraging others to realize their worth in life and that their passions will leave a legacy.