Meet Rachel Anstaett

Rachel Anstaett is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in leadership studies. Anstaett said that she chose this major because she wanted to work to make pets healthier, but knew being a vet was not for her.

“Growing up I wanted to be a vet, but after shadowing a vet for a summer, I knew it was not for me,” Anstaett said. “My friend’s mom worked with process engineers at Hill’s Petfood, and after my high school physics teacher encouraged me to look into engineering, I went into chemical engineering.”

Anstaett said that after graduating, she would like to do process engineering anywhere that will hire her, but would prefer to work for a pet food company.

Outside of being a member of Theta, Anstaett gives tours to prospective students and parents, helps with other events around campus like blood drives, and is an engineering ambassador.

“Being an ambassador for the college of engineering has helped me with so much,” Anstaett said. “I get to meet a lot of other students who are as nerdy as I am and they gave me a gift card for having the best Halloween costume out of all of the ambassadors.”

Anstaett said that being an ambassador has also helped her with her public speaking skills that set her apart when she is interviewing for internships and jobs.

“I also love being able to recruit new students to K-State because this is the best college in America,” Anstaett said.

Anstaett said that someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Katie Nelson.

“She rocks and has helped me pass ChemE classes,” Anstaett said. “Also, I made her take every class with me this semester.”

Anstaett said that she chose Theta because she felt like she had an instant connection with the girls she talked to.

“The biggest thing for me going through recruitment was to find a house that I thought would push me to be my best self, and after my first coffee date with some of the girls, I knew that this was the house for me,” Anstaett said. “Theta has given me such a great support system. I know I have avoided a lot of mental breakdowns and stress just because I always have someone to talk to.”



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  1. Hi! A sorority sister from the pledge class of ’72 sent this to me today. She want’s to get it to Rachel Anstaett. Could you please forward? Thanks!

    Can you forward this to the Delta Eta sophomore that was featured via email (from who, you??) just a couple of days ago, and how she was going into engineering and she wanted to work for a pet food company specifically citing Hill’s Pet food. I just started volunteering for this animal shelter at the Merriam (KC) branch and the branch in Independence MO (KC) sent out this email. She might find interesting. If you don’t have her email that’s fine.

    Hope your day is going great.


    Begin forwarded message:

    From: “Independence Volunteer Coordinator”
    Subject: #HillsShelterHeroes Contest!
    Date: April 4, 2016 at 12:11:04 PM CDT
    To: “Marsha Huston”



    Great Plains SPCA recently submitted a video to Hill’s Pet Nutrition to highlight the heroic of one of our volunteers, Billy Eichhorn. This video is so powerful, because Billy shares publicly for the first time the abuse he faced as a child and his battle as an adult with depression and alcohol. He identifies the powerful role that pets played in his healing and how he now feels so compelled and committed to helping our pets, those struggling most with fear and anxiety, overcome their struggles in their journey to find new homes. We couldn’t be more blessed to have Billy donating his time at our Independence Campus and to call him our friend.

    You can watch his remarkable video here.

    This video was selected as one of ten finalists submitted from shelters across the country in the #HillsShelterHeroes contest. The public voting for the top five favorite videos has started and runs through April 10th. The five videos with the highest number of votes will each receive a $10,000 donation. Just think of how many pets we could help heal with that $10,000 donation.

    It is SUPER EASY for you to help ensure that Great Plains SPCA is one of the top five shelters and that we receive this generous $10,000 contribution. Please set a reminder on your calendar to vote once a day from your mobile device AND your computer – now through April 10th – it’s truly that easy. Click the link and click vote and that’s it!

    Will you please forward this message to your contacts, your co-workers and family members? This is truly the easiest way YOU can contribute to a $10,000 donation to Great Plains SPCA – with no funds out of your own pocket. We are the only animal welfare agency in Kansas City with a 4 Star Charity Navigator rating, meaning we stretch our donors’ dollars as far as they can possibly go to help the most pets.

    Thank you for your help to share this powerful story of healing and for your help to ensure we have the resources necessary to help the pets counting on us in the future! Please consider sharing this on your social media platform as well. There are only 6 days left to vote!

    With Gratitude,

    Courtney Thomas, CAWA | President & CEO¬
    Your satisfaction with communications from Great Plains SPCA is important to us. If you would like to review or change your message preferences with us, please visit our message preferences page by clicking this link:

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