Active Friars On Campus

21 members representing 30 different groups

Spring 2017 Friar Initiates

Will Licon

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.

Lizzy Tan

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.

Kevin Helgren

BS Neuroscience; Psychology (Honors) UT ’17
In line with his passion for mental health, Kevin conducted extensive research in the neuroscience department and brought a MindBody Lab to the Student Activity Center. He was heavily involved in the Longhorn Band, Camp Texas, Texas 4000, the Guides of Texas, and the Rapoport Scholars program. He also served as the Student Body President. In the fall, Kevin will move to Chicago to begin his career with Accenture.

Katherine Allen

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.

Johnathan Go

B.A Business Honors/Pre-Med, UT ’17
Growing up across 3 countries and 6 cities, He was inspired to bridge the disparities between business and medicine by founding UT’s first interdisciplinary healthcare case competition to unite students with diverse majors and backgrounds. He has served with various ministries, including Ignite Texas, raising over $45K for the non-profit. He is a Forty Acres Scholar and will be enrolling at Baylor College of Medicine.

Wilson Albright

B.A Government, UT ’12; JD, UT ’17
Wilson serves as the 2016–2017 Editor in Chief of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Before law school, he worked as Special Assistant to the Texas Secretary of State. During his time in undergrad, he served as Rush Captain of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Foreman of the Texas Cowboys. Wilson went on to graduate with special honors. He will practice law at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, Texas this fall.

Dylan Adkins

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.

Cage Johnson

BS Electrical Engineering; B.A Business, UT ’17;
While in college, he has worked on entrepreneurship, Ride Austin, while the company was brand new, and has operated a small business. These experiences gave him the skills, confidence, and experience he needed to serve as LEA’s 2016 – 2017 Director. As Director, his job was to serve student entrepreneurs. He successfully secured an entrepreneurship space on campus and raised 15k for its continued operation.


The current Abbot (president) is Autumn Caviness. The current co-Councilors (organizers of the new member selection process) are Vero Rivera and Wills Brown.


The Almoner is the treasurer of the Society. The current Almoner is Ethan Balsamo.

Keeper Of Records

The Scrivener is the secretary of the Society. The current co-Scriveners are Damilola Olatayo and Aaron Reitz.

All Things Fun

The Summoner manages the Society’s social events. The current Summoner is Tim Ginn.

Ethan C. Balsamo

Friar Class: Fall 2016
BBA, Accounting, UT ’16; MPA, UT ’17

Ethan is a graduate student pursuing his master in professional accounting degree at the McCombs school of business. After quickly being exposed to the mentors and resources on the Forty Acres, Ethan has been determined to make sure other students receive a similar positive experience. His impact can be seen through organizations and departments on campus such as Texas Parents, Tejas Club, Dean of Students, and the Graduate Student Assembly.

Alejandrina Guzman

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.

Aaron F. Reitz

Friar Class: Fall 2016
BS, Political Science, Texas A&M ’09; JD, UT ’17

Aaron is a third-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. He is the 2016–17 Editor in Chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics and was also the 2015–16 President of the Texas Federalist Society. Before law school, he was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Additionally, Aaron is married to Meredith, a 2009 University of Texas at Austin alumna, and together they have two children: five-year-old Will and three-year-old Caroline.

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.

Coleman R. H. Fulcher

Friar Class: Fall 2016
BA, Business Honors Program & Finance, UT ’17

Coleman is a Business Honors and Finance major whose involvements include his fraternity, BYX, as well as Texas Cowboys and Management Consulting Association. Coleman also founded the Clay W.G. Fulcher Memorial Dove Hunt, which has raised over $25,000 for a Naval ROTC scholarship in his grandfather’s name. Coleman has had internships in consulting and investing and will pursue a career in these fields upon graduation.

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.

Wills Brown

Friar Class: Spring 2016
BA, Psychology ’13; MEd Higher Ed’17, UT-Austin

Wills is from Dallas, TX and received his B.A. in Psychology in 2013 and his M.Ed. in 2017, both from UT. As an undergraduate, he served as Student Body Vice President. As VP, he procured permanent funding to keep the Perry-Castañeda Library open 24-hours a day, five days a week. In graduate school, he served as Graduate Student Body President, focusing on ensuring a welcoming environment for all graduate students.

Arjun Mocherla

Friar Class: Fall 2016
BA, UT ’17

He is a Plan II and Government senior from Midland, Texas. On campus, he served on President Powers’ Student Advisory Committee, President of the Texas Student Media Board of Trustees, and Vice President of the Tejas Club. He danced with Punjabbawockeez, an Indian/hip hop fusion dance team, and will be biking to Alaska next summer for cancer research with Texas 4000. After graduating, he plans on studying law.

Damilola Olatayo

Friar Class: Spring 2012
BS Neurobiology ’13; MS Finance ’17 UT-Austin

A Bill Gates Scholar, Damilola entered UT at 16 and majored in Neurobiology. Beyond her academic research, her most notable contribution to campus is from her role in the passage of Proposition One, which helped secure funding for Dell Medical School. After undergrad, she interned at the White House and spent 3 years studying and working abroad, visiting 25+ countries in all. Damilola will work for Accenture this fall.

Reginaldo R. Valdez

Friar Class: Fall 2016
BA, UT ’17

Reginaldo is a Bill Gates and Normandy Scholar majoring in International Relations and Government with a focus on International Security from the Rio Grande Valley. Before becoming a Next-Generation Scholar, he interned at the White House where he was exposed to policy discussions led by White House Policy Advisors. Reginaldo has studied abroad in France, Spain, and Cuba analyzing ongoing diplomatic relations with the US.

Veronica Rivera

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.

Charlie T. Adkins

Friar Class: Fall 2015
BBA, UT ’16; MPA, UT ’17

Charlie Adkins is a Master in Professional Accounting student from Beaumont with career aspirations in the sports industry. He has built experience within UT Athletics, Round Rock Express, NFL, and Texas Rangers. Charlie serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation. He has been heavily involved in the Longhorn Run, Undergraduate Business Council, and Texas Cowboys.