ASLP student named UNT Golden Eagle

Ivalis Guajardo is one of only six students to earn the honor.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Ivalis Guajardo, recent audiology and speech-language pathology graduate in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, has earned the esteemed UNT Golden Eagle Award from the Division of Student Affairs and Multicultural Center. It is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and enhance campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.

“The experience UNT has given me has allowed me to transform the many organizations I was part of, cultivate relationships with staff and peers that have changed my life, and ultimately finish a degree I am passionate about,” Guajardo said. “This award encapsulates my last four years here and I am so grateful to receive it!”

Only six undergraduates in the university received the award. Winners were announced at the Eagle Awards Ceremony on April 19th. It was held in a hybrid style where winners were allowed to attend in-person, socially distanced.

Guajardo’s faculty in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology say it comes as no surprise that she received an award of this capacity.

“The UNT Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology is proud to celebrate Ivalis as a Golden Eagle and new alumna of our undergraduate program,” said Dr. Gloria Olness, associate professor of speech-language pathology. “Her dedication in professional service to people living with communication disorders is steadfast, and we wish her all the best as she transitions to graduate school.”

Guajardo plans to pursue a graduate degree in a communication disorders program. She has a specific interest in alternative and augmentative communication and hopes to further her knowledge in this realm of speech-language pathology to aid individuals with severe communication disorders.