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the A-Team

A-Team Leaders work to facilitate the small-group discussions and activities throughout A- Week. They are all upper-class students who have all successfully navigated through their first year of college and are able to provide insight, tips, and information to help our new students transition successfully to the University of Arkansas! 

Students will connect with their A-Team Leader during their A-Team meetings throughout the week, and are encouraged to continue to utlize their team leaders as a resources and mentor during their first year of college (and beyond)!

 A-Week 2020: CLASS OF 2024

This year, we used an interest survey within Destination Arkansas Blackboard Activities (DABA) to help us assign students to our amazing A-Team Leader team. This survey closed at 5pm on Saturday August 15.

At this time we have closed that survey and have assigned student to their A-Team. If you did not sign up for a small group and feel like you missed out and would like one, go to our contact page and send us a message. We will do our best to try to get you into a group!

Meet the 2020 A-Team

Dane Arbuckle

Dane Arbuckle

Hometown: Rogers, AR

Major: Political Science & History (Double Major)

Instagram: danearbuckle

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk!

Advice for new students: Be sure to get plugged in early!

Claire Cammack

Claire Cammack

Hometown: Longview, Tx

Major: Communication Disorders

Instagram:

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior walk!

Advice for new students: Be ready for unexpected things to happen during your freshman year. A lot of things will change and you will gain a lot of new experiences.

Zoe Dean

Zoe Dean

Hometown: Little Rock

Major: Biology Pre-Med

Instagram: zoechamad

Favorite U of A tradition: Cardinal Nights

Advice for new students: Take advantage of all the resources!

Maggie Green

Maggie Green

Hometown: Maumelle, AR

Major: nursing

Instagram: maggie_0017

Favorite U of A tradition: senior walk

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You’ll make friends so much faster.

Summer Johnson

Summer Johnson

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major: Finance

Instagram: thesummerjohnson

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Be open to meet your professors. They can eventually turn into your best friend!

Tionna Martin

Tionna Martin

Hometown: Marianna, Arkansas

Major: Accounting and Finance

Instagram: Tionna827

Advice for new students: Be yourself!

Danielle Poquette

Danielle Poquette

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK

Major: Marketing

Instagram: daniellepoquette

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Always make time to take care of yourself, whatever that means to you.

Avneet (Abby) Sandhu

Avneet (Abby) Sandhu

Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas

Major: Accounting

Favorite U of A tradition: Homecoming

Advice for new students: Go to your professor’s office hours and get to know them. This will help you stand out and make valuable connections that will be useful throughout college.

Brian Tarno

Brian Tarno

Hometown: Tuckerman, AR

Major: political Science, Criminology

Instagram: brian_tarno

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Just relax, it’s going to be a stressful time, but it’s going to be fun and exciting at the same time!

Belinda Watson

Belinda Watson

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: English Literature/Spanish

Instagram: belinda.rose.watson

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk, I’m obviously not a graduated student, but I love the idea of there always being a piece of you at school (the place where many of us will discover who we are and what we want to do)

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to talk to people, form study groups, ask questions, introduce yourself. You will meet some really amazing people if you’re willing to be a little spontaneous and step out of your comfort zone!

Mitchelle Antungulu

Mitchelle Antungulu

Hometown: Fayetteville, Ar

Major: Marketing

Instagram: msimply_blessed

Favorite U of A tradition: Meeting Tusk

Advice for new students: Take all the feelings in, even the ones that make you uncomfortable. It’s part of the transition. It may look different because of the Coronavirus  but you can still make this year a fun school year. 

Tess Carroll

Tess Carroll

Hometown: Dallas

Major: Nursing

Instagram: tess_carroll_

Favorite U of A tradition: Singing Hey Jude at the end of the chants at football games

Advice for new students: Talk to people in class even if it’s online! Everyone is nervous and wants new friends! Plus you never know if you’ll need notes if you miss!!

Sandra Decaigny

Sandra Decaigny

Hometown: Keller

Major: Communications

Instagram: sandradecaigny

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Be okay with things not going according to plan. Usually the the path you end up taking is better then what you planned

Allison "Fredi" Hayes

Allison "Fredi" Hayes

Hometown: Arlington Texas

Major: Political Science & Communication

Instagram: @ohfredi

Favorite U of A tradition: Running through the A at home football games, and calling the hogs at basketball games!

Advice for new students: Go to your classes, you can blow off anything else but GO TO YOUR CLASSES! You can’t recover from a bad attendance grade but you can a bad test grade. Since things will be online do yourself a favor and set up a place that is not your bed to go and sit and be at class at for live classes. Get out of your dorm room even if it means sitting in the Greek theatre doing homework or meeting with friend, even sitting outside on the grass somewhere. Loneliness is something very common in the dorms so not isolating yourself (unless you have to) is key to giving yourself a fighting chance. Also kiss up to your professors and go to their office hours, they really like that.

Breanna Kilgore

Breanna Kilgore

Hometown: El Dorado

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Instagram: im_breannak

Favorite U of A tradition: Basketball games and A-Week events

Advice for new students: Remember that college is about making new memories and meeting new people. College is filled with new experience, so try things outside of the box

Tyler Merreighn

Tyler Merreighn

Hometown: Greenwood, AR

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Instagram: @tylermerreighn

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk!

Advice for new students: Get involved! Being involved your freshman year is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success throughout your time at the U of A! Check out HogSync for involvement opportunities. Also, don’t be afraid to go to office hours – your professors want you to succeed!

Cade Pylant

Cade Pylant

Hometown: Benbrook, TX

Major: Public Health

Favorite U of A tradition: Football games

Advice for new students: Get involved with something early on

Paiton Scrivner

Paiton Scrivner

Hometown: Hot Springs Village

Major: Biology

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Step out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow!

ReNirya Terry

ReNirya Terry

Hometown: Eudora, Ar

Major: Social Work

Instagram: nyy_terry

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: I recommend getting to know a higher power, whether that be Jesus or the universe. Believe in something because during hard times just a smidget of faith will help get you through the tough times. Your college experience is what you make it. Take it one day at a time and enjoy it to the fullest!

Nyasha Bgoni

Nyasha Bgoni

Hometown: Fayetteville, Ar

Major: Criminology. AAST and Political Science Minor

Instagram: nyasha.mb3

Favorite U of A tradition: Fight Songs

Advice for new students: Be kind to yourself. No matter what happens or even doesn’t happen its okay. Be kind to yourself and others and you’ll be fine.

Noelle Chesser

Noelle Chesser

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Instagram: @noellechesser

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Put yourself out there! It’s so rewarding to be yourself!

Gerson Fajardo

Gerson Fajardo

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Instagram: @gffajardo

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Focus primarily on your academics, make your GPA shine! Get involved on campus, there are many ways to do what you love and meet like minded people. Be yourself and make friends with people who will appreciate you for who you are.

Madeleine Hilburn

Madeleine Hilburn

Hometown: Prosper, Texas

Major: Political Science

Instagram: maddiehilburn

Favorite U of A tradition: UARK Cardinal Nights

Advice for new students: You can never be too cool to go to campus events!!

Beatrice Lacy

Beatrice Lacy

Hometown: Kansas City

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in African and African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Sociology with a Minor in Communications

Instagram: bealacy

Favorite U of A tradition: Tusk our mascot:)

Advice for new students: Be open to trying new things, you never know until you try!

Muhammad Ali Muhammad

Muhammad Ali Muhammad

Hometown: International

Major: Poultry Science and Agriculture Business

Favorite U of A tradition: Freshmen Rally

Advice for new students: Be The Real You!

William Reid

William Reid

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Sociology & Crimonolgy

Instagram: @will.reid2000

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the hogs

Advice for new students: Self accountability is very important. If you don’t hold yourself accountable and set a standard for yourself you’re gonna have a bad time.

Lukas Vaughan

Lukas Vaughan

Hometown: Brinkley, AR

Major: Computer Science

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs gets me amped every time!

Advice for new students: Use Google Calendar to plan out your classes and exams, and do NOT procrastinate doing homework (looking at you, fellow engineers!). Be genuinely interested in what you are studying; if you aren’t, switch majors!

Breanna Williams

Breanna Williams

Hometown: Alma, AR

Major: Biology

Instagram: bre_williams00

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs! Woo pig!

Advice for new students: Its very easy to get overwhelmed so remember to take a step back, breathe, have breaks, and know you got this!

Kyndal Williams

Kyndal Williams

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Major: Pre Nursing

Instagram: @kyndal_williams

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Get involved! It’s the easiest and best way to make friendships and connections

Emma Brinkmeyer

Emma Brinkmeyer

Hometown: Rowlett

Major: Human Development

Instagram: Emma.car0line

Favorite U of A tradition: senior walk

Advice for new students: try new things

Lance Cordes

Lance Cordes

Hometown: Cypress (Houston) TX

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Instagram: Lance_cordes

Favorite U of A tradition: Chants at basketball games

Advice for new students: Have fun with this experience, and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone

Devon Feimster

Devon Feimster

Hometown: Fort Smith

Major: Pre-Nursing

Instagram: NA

Favorite U of A tradition: NA

Advice for new students: Try to put yourself out there. You’re starting a fresh page and now is the time for you to write your own story.

Vanessa Hunt

Vanessa Hunt

Hometown: Godley, TX

Major: Public Health

Instagram: vanessa___hunt

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: To not be afraid to get out and explore everything the campus and community has to offer

Kelan Lawson

Kelan Lawson

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Major: Sports Management

Instagram:

Favorite U of A tradition: Call of the Hogs

Advice for new students: Embrace College Life

Michelle Palacios

Michelle Palacios

Hometown: Saipan, CNMI

Major: International Business

Favorite U of A tradition: love them all

Advice for new students: Get involved as soon as you can!

Isabel Rincon

Isabel Rincon

Hometown: West Helena, Arkansas

Major: Art Education

Instagram: izzie_21

Favorite U of A tradition: Freshmen Peprally

Advice for new students: Get involved, make friends and lots of new memories!

Katie Stanford

Katie Stanford

Hometown: Wolfforth, TX

Major: Pre-nursing

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Get involved, be yourself, and do your best in school!

Alec Vaughn

Alec Vaughn

Hometown: Siloam Springs, AR

Major: Business Information Systems

Instagram: alecvaughn21

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Get outside of your comfort zone and attend events!

Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown

Hometown: Round Rock, TX (Austin metropolitan area)

Major: Communications, business minor

Instagram: calebb.brown

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Don’t compare your college experience to others and put yourself out there, meet people and get involved! (Also, don’t recommend dating apps.)

Layla David

Layla David

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Major: Business Management

Instagram:

Favorite U of A tradition: Homecoming

Advice for new students: During class enrollment, please use Ratemyprofessor.com before you submit your schedule! It will be your lifeline for the remainder of your college career.

Shea Fitzgerald

Shea Fitzgerald

Hometown: Holden, Missouri/ Kansas City, Missouri

Major: Agribusiness & Agriculture Communications

Instagram: Shea.Fitzgerald

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk/ Hog Call

Advice for new students: College is a time to find yourself and your best friends, so have the time of your life! Class is just as important as anything, so show up and go talk to your professors!

Madison Hurley

Madison Hurley

Hometown: Farmington, Arkansas

Major: Hospitality Management

Instagram: madison_hurley17

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Go to class! It helps in the long run!

Jayla Lee

Jayla Lee

Hometown: Little Rock Arkansas

Major: Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Instagram: @4me.jaylalee

Favorite U of A tradition: Cardinal Nights

Advice for new students: Stay involved in your best way possible

Zoe Patrick

Zoe Patrick

Hometown: Memphis,TN

Major: Political Science and Marketing

Instagram: @zoepatrickk

Favorite U of A tradition: My favorite U of A tradition would have to be calling the hogs! It seems like a basic answer but it is so unifying when you hear all of the students and fans chanting together at a football game. It reminds me that while we are all extremely different, we are united through our love of the hogs!

Advice for new students: My best advice for a new student would be to dive in! Go to every ice cream social, information session, or wacky event at the Union possible. You will never know what clubs or groups are available until you get out and get involved. The more involved you are on campus, the more fun you have (and it looks great on your resume).

Tania Salgueiro Ponca de Leon

Tania Salgueiro Ponca de Leon

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Major: Architecture

Instagram: camilasalgueiroo

Favorite U of A tradition: Senior Walk

Advice for new students: Do not be afraid to make mistakes or ask questions, try to walk wherever you go you will always find something new not many people know about

Lauren Stephens

Lauren Stephens

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

Major: Art History

Instagram: laurenemiily

Favorite U of A tradition: Basketball games

Advice for new students: Get involved!

Nick Waltke

Nick Waltke

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: Management

Instagram: @nick.waltke            @nicks_classic_bikess

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: Find something you like to do, and stick to it. College is about finding yourself and what you want to become in life. Do what makes you happy and it will all work out.

Tamia White

Tamia White

Hometown: Wynne

Major: Business Management and Political Science

Instagram: flawless_miamia

Favorite U of A tradition: Calling the Hogs

Advice for new students: If you’re going out, please make sure your work is done first. You will not do it later.