The Women of Kappa Alpha Theta are proud to present the 21st annual WildKAT Chase 5k! This event will be October 1st, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. at the Kansas State University Student Union. We welcome all to participate in a 5k run/walk to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
CASA is an organization that supports children in the court system at no fault of their own. It costs approximately $1,000 to support one child with a CASA every year. Last year, we were able to raise a total of $17,742 and this year we are trying to help even more CASA kids!
If you are interested in participating in this year’s WildKAT Chase, registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt. You may contact any Theta or go online at https://www.athlinks.com/event/wildkat-chase-56009 to register. We hope to see you there and thank you for supporting CASA!
Jill Seidl is a junior studying criminology with minors in leadership studies and business. Her dream job is being an FBI agent.
“I’m really interested in what motivates people to commit crimes and investigating those crimes,” Seidl said.
On campus, Seidl is involved in the criminology club. This organization gives her the opportunity to meet people who have similar interests as her and to explore career opportunities. Seidl is also involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Manhattan.
Someone who has positively impacted Seidl’s college experience is her big, Danielle Shirley.
“From the moment I joined theta she’s been so upbeat, fun and motivating in every aspect of my life and we’ve grown to be super close friends!” Seidl said.
Seidl chose Theta because she felt comfortable being herself around the women and she felt that she could make lifelong friends in Theta.
“Theta has given me a support system and a place to call home,” Seidl said. “It’s given me opportunities to get involved with an awesome philanthropy and meet people who share common values and goals with me.”
Taylor Barker is a sophomore majoring in social work and minoring in leadership studies. Her dream job is to work in the foster system and help kids find their forever home.
“I chose social work because I love people and ever since I was little I have had a passion to help others, especially kids,” Barker said. “I chose leadership studies as a minor because I had many leadership roles in high school and I wanted to continue to develop my leadership skills in college.”
Barker spends some of her free time getting involved in Christian Challenge and volunteering at her church youth group in her hometown. She recently became a part of the Big Brother Big Sisters program in Manhattan.
“Being involved in Challenge has brought me closer to my sisters as well as in my faith,” Barker said. “I am in the process of getting a little in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and I am excited to have a positive impact on a child’s life.”
Someone who has positively influenced Barker’s college experience is her freshman year roommate, Daelyn Smith. They were randomly assigned as roommates, and still regularly go on coffee dates and study together.
“She’s someone who is always encouraging me to do the best I can possibly do, she supports me in all my decisions, and she is always there whenever I need her,” Barker said.
Since she is an only child, Barker had never known what it was like to have a sister. Now that she is in Theta, she said that she loves having sisters who truly care about her and have her best interest at heart.
“Coming to college, I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew I wanted to be involved. Getting involved in Theta has been the best decision I have ever made. The bonds I have made with my sisters are unbreakable and they will be my friends for life,” Barker said.
On game days, you can find her cheering on the ‘Cats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium!
Katy Beth Ezell is a freshman majoring in communication sciences and disorders and minoring in leadership studies. She chose this major because she loves working with kids and helping people.
“I come from a family of educators, so I never wanted to go into a pure teaching job,” Ezell said, “but this is an amazing way to help kids get an education they may not be able to get with their speech impediment!”
In high school, Ezell played fastpitch softball and was involved with Ozone through Camp War Eagle. Through softball, she learned how to work with people better, and Ozone helped her strengthen her faith. Ozone also gave her the opportunity to get involved in her community, such as volunteering with the K2 ministry at New Heights Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year she is excited to get more involved in Theta and Christian Challenge.
Ezell chose Theta because she could tell the women were genuine and they were people she would want to share her college experience with. She also liked to see how dedicated and passionate the women were about Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which is Theta’s national philanthropy. Ezell is excited to share her Theta experience with a woman she met while she worked at Camp War Eagle this summer, Lizzy Martino. They were co-coaches of a team and later found out they would be attending school together at K-State.
“At K-State and Theta, I’m looking forward to the best four years of my life!” Ezell said. “I’ve literally been waiting so long to be here and now that it is here AND I got to add Theta, I know this is going to be the best four years!”