Meet Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard is a sophomore majoring in agribusiness. She chose this major because she loves agriculture.

“My dream job would be working for an agribusiness firm, either trading commodities or managing employees,” Howard said.

On campus, Howard is involved in the Agricultural Economics/Business Club, Christian Challenge, and Toastmasters Club. Her involvement with these organizations has allowed her to get out of her comfort zone and try new things.

Howard chose Theta because the women were genuine and she felt like they really wanted her to be a Theta.

“Theta gave me instant connections, and that was huge coming to a school that was 5 hours from home,” Howard said.

Someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Ashley Eberhart.

“She helped me get through calculus our first semester at K-State,” Howard said. “She has been such a good friend ever since.”

Howard recently competed in the Miss Southwest Kansas Pageant and won. During the pageant, she had a ten-minute interview with the judges and competed in the lifestyle in swimwear, talent, evening gown and on-stage question rounds. Her talent was a tap dance routine to “Fireball.”

“I will now go on and compete at Miss Kansas in June,” Howard said. “My platform is Adoption is an Option and I’ll be sharing my adoption story at Miss Kansas.”

Over the summer break, Howard will be interning in Racine, Wisconsin with CNH industrial.

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Founders Day

On this day 147 years ago, Kappa Alpha Theta became the first Greek letter fraternity known among women. Since then, women from all over the country have been able to experience this incredible sisterhood and understand what it really means to be a Theta.

On Wednesday, our chapter invited alumnae to have dinner with us and share some stories about their time in Theta and the impact this organization has had on them. Among the women who joined us was a chapter advisor, a Theta Foundation member, and even an alumna from a Kappa Alpha Theta chapter in Maryland. Overall, the dinner was very successful and reminded us about the lasting impact Kappa Alpha Theta will have on our lives.

As we celebrate this Founders Day, it is important that we remember the adversity our founders had to face in order for them to establish Kappa Alpha Theta. Here is a quote from Tamara Hansen, an educational leadership consultant from the Gamma Chi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta:

“How lucky are we to belong to a sisterhood of women that has not just lasted but thrived for the past 147 years? I often think about the strength, determination, and resilience of our four founders on that long-ago 27th day of January in Greencastle, Indiana. At a time when college was not a place where women were welcomed, these four leading women, wearing their badges, walked proudly through the doors of the Asbury chapel despite the male students who scoffed at and mocked them. Imagine the fortitude and passion of women who had to fight for the right to an education, not only for themselves but for all who would come after them.

“Founders Day is a time to remember that belonging to Kappa Alpha Theta is truly an honor and a privilege. It is a time to be grateful for our ability to receive a college education and have a place to call home; women to call our sisters; and an organization to empower us to be our best selves academically, morally, and socially.
“In my time traveling as an educational leadership consultant (ELC), I have been inspired by the quality and accomplishments of the women who represent Kappa Alpha Theta. Every Theta I come to know reminds me that I am honored to be a part of such a remarkable organization.”

Thank you Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Brant, Hannah Fitch Shaw, and Bettie Tipton Lindsey. Without your bravery and determination, we would not have this house to call home or these women to call our sisters.

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Meet Clara Wicoff

Clara Wicoff is a freshman majoring in agricultural economics, pre-law. She chose this major because she is interested in agricultural policy and international trade.

“I am extremely passionate about food security,” Wicoff said when asked why she chose her major. “I believe that a degree in agricultural economics will prepare me to pursue a career in which I can have an impact in the global efforts to eradicate extreme food insecurity.”

Wicoff’s on campus activities include the College of Agriculture Training Program and Quest Freshman Honorary. The College of Agriculture Training Program has allowed her to get a better understanding of the opportunities in the College of Agriculture. Through Quest, she has been able to get a “behind the scenes” look around Kansas State University and was also able to go Christmas caroling at Bill Snyder’s house, which she claims to be her favorite K-State memory so far. Quest has also provided her with opportunities to do community service, such as buying Christmas gifts for children of current K-State students.

“Participating in Quest Freshman Honorary has improved my college experience by making me feel more connected to Kansas State University and the incredible people here!” Wicoff said.

Off campus, Wicoff has been very involved in Future Farmers of America. She has been serving as the Kansas FFA State Vice President since June, and she says that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her life. Through her position, she has been given many opportunities, including go on a 12-day trip to South Africa over the winter break. She traveled to South Africa through the National FFA Organization’s International Leadership Seminar for State Officers. During this trip, she toured farms and agricultural businesses in South Africa. Some of the agricultural businesses she toured included a commercial crocodile farm, an ostrich ranch, a Boer goat farm, and a table grape producer.

“Traveling to South Africa was an absolutely incredible experience!” Wicoff said.

Wicoff chose Theta during recruitment because she felt welcome here. She also says that through Theta she has met many amazing women and some who have had a positive impact on her college experience, including JoLynn Hennerberg.

“JoLynn went out of her way to make me feel welcome throughout the past semester,” Wicoff said.  “I am thankful to Kappa Alpha Theta for introducing me to JoLynn!”