Honors Assembly Officers 23-24

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From a dome making workshop with Kurt Przybilla

By dedicating themselves to researching how to make the world work for all in the shortest time possible, students will realize that the only possible living now is for all or none.

--R. Buckminster Fuller

Grace Durocher

Sarah Lukavsky  President

I am a senior majoring in zoology with a minor in environmental studies. I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in evolutionary ecology after my time here at SIU. Here on campus, I am also the president of Zeta Theta Omega, the professional zoology fraternity, and Diversify STEM. I am also an active member in The Wildlife Society and Saluki Reefers. Academically, I am a SUPERB Scholar, McNair Scholar, and REACH grant recipient. I conduct research on pollination and phylogenetics in a plant ecology lab. In my free time, I love to volunteer with Green Earth, hike, read, and spend as much time as possible looking for birds. I am honored to be the president of Honors Assembly and look forward to an amazing year!

Julia Beckner

Katrina Stanley – VP of Communications

Hello! My name is Katrina and I am a junior majoring in English with a pre-professional writing specialization. I hope to work in the publishing industry after graduation. Aside from Honors Assembly, I am also involved in activities at the Wesley Foundation. I am excited for the semester and what's to come for Honors Assembly. I plan to do my best in serving as the Vice President of Communications this year. 

Arianna Goss

Elisa (Elly) Lopez – VP of Social Media and Outreach

I am a third-year student pursuing a double major in Marketing and Supply Chain Management, complemented by a minor in Spanish. After completing my undergraduate at SIU in December 2024, I aspire to further my academic journey by earning a master's degree in marketing. During my time here in Carbondale, my goal is to make a positive impact on the Southern Illinois region, while also assisting incoming and current honors students in reaching their full potential. I am actively involved in various organizations, two of which include the Honors Program and Honors Assembly. I also serve as the Vice President of Events for the Business Leadership Council; additionally, I am a member of the American Marketing Association and the Latin/x Council. Collaborating with these amazing individuals in the Honors Assembly, I am excited to organize events and connect with all you honor students.

Katie Hosick

Natalie Eves – Treasurer

I am a freshman majoring in anthropology. I am part of the anthropology club. I also plan to become more involved with other clubs and organizations here on campus. I love to read, go hiking, and talk about history. I am so excited to be your honors treasurer. I can’t wait to see what events and achievements this year will bring us.






Anna Rodgers - VP of Event Planning and Promotion

I am a second year Social Work major with minors in Psychology and Nutrition.  I have lived in Southern Illinois for the majority of my life.  After graduating from SIU I hope to become a School Social Worker.  In addition to the Honors Assembly, on-campus I am Outreach Coordinator for the Social Work Student Alliance. On-campus, I am an assistant Girl Scout Leader.  In my free time, I like to crochet, sew, tap dance and volunteer within my community.  I am looking forward to being more involved in the Honors Program and to gaining more skills and experiences.





Carmen WilderVP of Diversity and Inclusion


I am a senior from Belleville, Illinois majoring in psychology and minoring in environmental studies.  Throughout my time at SIU, I have played clarinet in the Marching Salukis and have given campus tours as a Saluki Ambassador.  I also work as a Campus Visit Representative in Undergraduate Admissions.  In my free time, I love to hike, bike, crochet, and play pickleball (I am a self-proclaimed Pickle Pro!)  I have really enjoyed serving the Southern Illinois community through the University Honors Program and Chancellor's Scholars Program.  It is an honor to be an officer on the Honors Assembly and I am excited to "Learn. Lead. Serve." this year!




Brenda Sanders

Brenda Sanders – Advisor

I am passionate about my work as a mentor with the University Honors Program and enjoy guiding my mentees towards higher achievements and enriching experiences at SIUC. I am a two-degree alum from SIUC―a B.S. in University Studies with minors in Workforce Education and Speech Communication and a M.S. in Workforce Education and Development, specializing in College Student Leadership. An Honors student, my awards included an Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Award, a Graduate Fellowship Certificate of Achievement, a REACH and Undergraduate Assistantship Award, and  a McNair Scholar. I am delighted to serve as the advisor of the Honors Assembly!

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