Alena Bodnaruk

Alena Bodnaruk


Alena is a committed division 1 student-athlete and senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee double-majoring in both (DVC) Design and Visual Communication and JAMS (Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies) with an emphasis in Advertising. Alena strives to create meaningful and influential work through meaningful design. She’s a distance swimmer, Chihuahua lover, painter and world traveler. Her inspiration comes from her experiences and incorporates them into her everyday work. She’s driven by challenge and will always be striving for perfection. She currently works at the Inclusive Excellence Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She creates impactful marketing materials for various events and programs within the office like U1.0 a program dedicated to helping first generation students transition into college and succeed. Alena loves working with the IEC team and creating design that represents programs that are dedicated to helping students succeed.

Design Team

Gabby Sanchez:
Division 1 College Athlete/User

Max Ward:
Student/ Film and Video Effects

Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow, PhD  CPsychol AFBPsS (United Kingdom) UPV sert. (Finland):
Assistant Professor (Sport Psychology) Integrative Health Care & Performance

High School

Lakeville North High School


pauseitivity aims to give college athletes a convenient mental support for optimal performance. The pauseitivity box is a monthly subscription box that contains  products dedicated to helping college athletes deal with stress and improving their athletic performance. The products are broken up into three categories: relaxation, mindfulness and concentration. Every month the products are different and  offer college athletes a convenient support system delivered to right to their door. College athletes need help resetting and pauseitivity will help them relax and feel better prepared for competition.


Giving college athletes a convenient mental supporter for optimal performance.


We aim to offer mental support to all college athletes dealing with stress.