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Meet Penn State’s 2022 Reunion Court

Happy homecoming, Penn State!

On Sunday, Penn State Homecoming announced the nominees for the 2022 gender-neutral homecoming court. The homecoming festivities will begin on Sunday, October 16 and culminate with the Nittany Lions’ White Out football game against Minnesota on October 22.

Everything you need to know about the student, graduate, and college tribunal is detailed in their biographies below. Check out their long list of academic accomplishments and commitments.

Student court

Anton Aluquin

Major: immunology and infectious diseases
Participation: Schreyer Scholar, Presidential Leadership Academy, Singing Lions, Head of Field Organization for Central PA United, Field Organization Internship Eugene De Pasquale

Casey Sennett

Major: MA in Anthropology, BA in Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Global and International Studies, plus Certificates in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Museum Studies
Participation: Schreyer Scholar, Student MC for A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, Penn State Learning Speaking Center Mentor, Scholar Ambassador, Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board, College of Liberal Arts Student Ambassador, Lion Ambassadors, SHOTIME mentor

Jacob Snyder

Major: biology with minors in art and marine science
Participation: Schreyer Scholar, NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (oSTEM) Secretary, Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schreyer Founder, Chair and Advisor, University Park Student Fee Board at-large representative, Millennium Representative of the Scholars Program Cohort Board, Biological Sciences Society Vice President, Marine Science Society Secretary and Social Media Officer

Jaelyn Monroe

Major: political science
Participation: President of the Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association, Second Vice President of the Black Caucus and President of Programming, Writers Organized Represents Diverse Stories President of Public Relations, President of Dark Storm Step Team Fundraising

Janiyah Davis

Major: MPP in Public Policy, BA in Psychology and Criminology, and Minors in Anthropology and Child Abuse and Advocacy Studies (Reinforced)
Participation: Schreyer Scholar, Paterno Fellow, Board of Trustees Student Administrator, College of Liberal Arts Student Peer Advisor, World In Conversation Intern in Operations, Students Teaching Students, Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars Director of Academic Relations, Scholar Ambassadors Director of Special Events, Student Restorative Justice Initiative Chair, Justice Association Treasurer, Minority Student Advising and Recruitment Team (SMART) Tour Guide and Philanthropy Chair, Schreyer for Women Community Engagement Chair, Sorority Parliamentarian Delta Sigma Theta and Publicity Committee Co-Chair, Schreyer Dean’s Search Committee, Black Caucus, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Reviewer for Undergraduate Teaching Awards, Paterno Fellows Program Student Advisory Council, Ambassador liberal arts

Nicole Pinto

Major: criminology
Participation: Latin sorority Lambda Theta Alpha, President of the Multicultural Greek Council, Vice President of the Association of Mexican American Students, Chair of Community Service and Fundraising for the Undergraduate Multicultural Law Association, Host of World in Conversation

Robert Esgro

Major: industrial engineering with a minor in Chinese
Participation: Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, President of the Men’s Lacrosse Club

Sarabeth Bowmaster

Major: Studies and Philosophy of Women, Gender and Sexuality with option Social Sciences and Certificate in Labor and Human Resources
Participation: Schreyer Scholar, Paterno Fellow, League of Women Voters at PSU founder and past president, Students Teaching Students Student instructor & executive board, Lion Ambassadors, State of State, PSU Votes, Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Student Advisory, Working Group on Student Affairs Recruitment, Nevins Fellow, Schreyer/CSGD Liaison, Campus Change Student Mentor

Star Lawson

Major: public relations with minors and certifications in digital media trends and analysis, Muck Rack and Google Analytics
Participation: Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) Marketing and Communications Team, President of Public Relations and Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of African Students (ASA), Social Media Intern of the Orientation and Transition Program Students (SOTP) and New Student Orientation Manager, BLUEprint Peer Mentoring Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Sydney Gibard

Major: biomedical engineering with concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology
Participation: Penn State Student Government and Faculty Senate Student Body President, Assembly Speaker and College of Engineering Representative, Schreyer Scholars, Penn State Hershey Medical School Primary Care Scholars Program, THON , State Marketing Director, Swim Club, SHOTIME Guidance Mentor, Lions Ambassadors, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Homecoming Committee

graduate court

Alexandre Vera

Education: Fifth year doctorate. candidate in materials science and engineering, bachelor in applied physics
Participation: EMS Diversity Council, Black Graduate Student Organization Board, AllWe Implementation Committee Mental Health Initiative Leader, Graduate School Alumni Society Board Student Representative the OGEEP

Anna Piotti

Education: Fourth year doctorate. candidate studying German linguistics and language sciences, bachelor’s degree in German with a minor in education
Participation: Academic Integrity Committee of the College of Liberal Arts, Goethe-Zertifikat Examiner, and President and Secretary of the German Graduate Student Association

brandon mcdonald

Education: Second-year graduate student majoring in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research, Bachelor of Child Development with minor in Mathematics

Participation: Acting Tour Guide Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Tours and Events for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Assistant and Advisor for the Penn State Lion Scouts, Student Services Assistant for Schreyer Admissions, Ambassador for the American College Staff Association, President of the Student Affairs Student Organization

Savana Jackson

Education: Second-year graduate student in International Affairs in Race and Development, BA in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy
Participation: Penn State Career Services graduate assistant and outreach intern, president of the Black Student Association of the School of International Affairs, faculty senator of the Graduate School Professional and Graduate Student Association

university court

Dr. Jennifer Eury, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at Smeal College of Business, Ph.D. Teaching Camp Coordinator, Undergraduate Management Program Coordinator
Participation: Co-Organizer of the MGMT Major Ambassador Program, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of M&O Teaching Forums, Non-Standing Review Board, Co-Director Management Major (Organizational Leadership Concentration), Management Major Committee, Reader applications of the Sapphire Leadership, Revamping Major Exploration Academic Program within the Smeal Task Force, Schreyer Ethics Committee, Schreyer Thesis Supervisor, Faculty Mentorship Program: Management Major, Schreyer Supervisor

Ms. Katie Motycki

Position: Director of Student Orientation and Transition Programs, Chair of the College Board Meeting Learning Outcomes Group, Primary VisualZen Orientation (VZO)
Participation: Coalition to Address Relationship and Sexual Violence (CARSV), Health Insurance Marketing Subcommittee, LionPATH Cross-Functional Communications Committee (PeopleSoft), LionPATH Cross-Functional Committee, Pre-Arrival Planning Committee, College of Representatives Member Undergraduate Admissions, Undergraduate Education Analysis Group, Visual Zen Orientation Steering Committee

Dr. Michquelena (Micki) Ferguson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Director of Athletic Bands, Associate Professor of Teaching
Participation: Committee of the Penn State School of Student Student Welfare Task Force, Committee of the Penn State School of Music Music Ensemble, Committee of the Penn State School of Music Music Group Region , member of the Penn State men’s and women’s basketball “Synergy” team

Dr. Scott Collins

Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting, One-Year Master of Accounting Program Director, Admissions Committee, Student Advisory Committee, One-Year Master of Accounting Analysis Program Director, and Admissions Committee, Body Advisor Tariff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Faculty and Affiliate Faculty Member, Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting
Participation: Smeal College of Business Launching Ceremony Faculty Escort for Accounting Department Student Marshal, Schreyer Thesis Advisor, BA 517 End of Semester Projects Faculty Judge, Club Water Polo Faculty Advisor Female, One-Year Master of Accounting (MACc) Student Advisory Committee Faculty Advisor, Department of Accounting BS/MAcc Joint Degree Proposal Committee, Department of Accounting Online Masters Oversight Committee, Committee Department of Accounting Curriculum Review Committee, Department of Accounting Clinical Faculty Research Committee, Department of Accounting Graduate Certificate in Accounting (ACF) Committee, Smeal College of Business Joint Marketing Committee, Smeal College of Business Professional Graduate Education Committee, Penn State Faculty Education Sub-Committee

court of elders

Sophie Pelillo

Education: Graduated in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology
Current role: Deputy Director of Student Philanthropy at Penn State’s Office of Annual Giving

Kelly Karpa

Education: Graduated in 2000 with a Ph.D. in pharmacology
Current role: Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University

Handsome Bradley

Education: Graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and in 2019
with an MPS in homeland security, public health preparation option
Current role: Emergency Management Specialist (Federal Emergency Management Agency),
small business owner and podcast host of Beau My God, LLC

Amber Smith

Education: graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communication
Current role: Student Services Specialist at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

In 2018, Homecoming removed the gendered titles, “Homecoming Queen and King”, and removed the 1:1 ratio of male to female representation on the court. He said he made the change to embrace gender diversity and inclusion within the Penn State community.