Meet Kate Preston

Kate Preston is a freshman majoring in chemical engineering. She chose this major due to her love of chemistry and because subject really intrigued her. Preston would like to work somewhere that pushes to help the environment and encourages sustainability.

Since joining Kansas State, Preston has gotten involved in undergraduate research and the biodiesel initiative.

“Both have helped me learn more about chemical engineering and have connected me to people in my field,” said Preston.

Kansas State has allowed Preston to get involved with her career field right away, while Theta has given her opportunities to make a friends for a lifetime.

“Theta has helped me form a group of friends who support and care for me,” said Preston. “It has connected me with other women in my field of study. I have also learned to push myself to be a leader and stay organized.”

Preston mentioned that a particular Theta friend has impacted her college experience in a positive way.

“Kelli Ward has positively impacted my college experience by studying with me for test and just generally being there for me when I needed her,” said Preston. “She is always someone I can talk to when I am having problems and need some help.”

Along with positive impacts on her college experience, other Theta friends have given Preston her favorite K-State memory.

“My favorite memory so far was my first trip to Manhattan Hill,” said Preston. “It was a Tuesday or Wednesday night fairly early into the first semester. Logan Eilert, Macie Reeb, and I had all been studying at Hale when we decided to leave and get sonic then head to the hill. K-State finally began to feel like home when I started seeing some of these friendships form.”


Here are some fun facts about Kate Preston!

  • Kate is from Lenexa, Kansas.
  • Her favorite sonic drink is a frozen lemonade!
  • She volunteers in her hometown at Happy Bottoms. Happy Bottoms is a location parents can go to and receive free diapers if they cannot afford them on their own.
  • Over the summer she hopes to take a few trips to the lake and maybe a road trip to another state.
  • Fellow Theta Taylor Duff helped her realize during formal recruitment that Kappa Alpha Theta was her true home away from home!

Welcome Back!

Bettie Locke, one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s founders, once stated, “we realized somehow that we weren’t going to college for ourselves but for all the girls who would follow after us”. As recruitment week begins, we realize that we are not only recruiting another member class, we are meeting our new sisters for the first time. These women will become our friends, sisters, and classmates as well as the women who are beside us in the best of times and the worst of times. They will have the same values of personal excellence, leadership, scholarship, and service as our current members and alumnae possess.

Our chapter will not only benefit from our new members and their continued strive for excellence, but our members will also continue to grow. Our new sisters will push our current members to reach for goals they never thought possible, as well as create new memories that will last a lifetime. We are so excited to meet our new member class of 2017!

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.

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.


Miss Black and Gold Pageant 2016

As we near the end of the semester, most of us Kansas State students are taking full advantage of Hale’s 24/7 hours or trying to raise our grades. Finals week is always a huge stress on us and typically we wouldn’t dare to take on any extra work or responsibilities. This isn’t the case for Jaliyah Brown.

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Kappa Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted their 18th Annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant. The theme for the pageant was “A Night of the S.T.A.R.S (Soul, Talent, Achievement, Respect, and Sisterhood). Registration was open to any K-State student, and the pageant rounds consisted of business introductions, swimwear, talent, and formal wear. The winner of the pageant was crowned Miss Black and Gold and received a $1,000 scholarship, the 1st runner-up was crowned Miss Gold and received a $600 scholarship, and the 2nd runner-up was crowned Miss Black and received a $500 scholarship. Contestants were judged based on their confidence on stage and their academic success.

Jaliyah Brown, a senior studying apparel and textiles marketing, competed in the Miss Black and Gold Pageant on Saturday. “I was interested in participating because it’s my last year here at K-State as an undergrad,” Brown said. “My two best friends, Alex and Geneva, really inspired me to do the pageant. They’ve known me since high school and know how shy and reserved I am. They really encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone and go for this. I can’t thank them enough for being there for me.”

Jaliyah finished the pageant as the 1st runner up and was crowned Miss Gold. “It was overall a great experience!” Brown said. “It definitely did get overwhelming at points and there were some challenging moments, but in the end it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle and I’m glad I went through with it!” Brown is planning on using the $600 scholarship she won to pay for textbooks.

Brown had friends and family there to support her, including some of her Theta sisters. “Jaliyah kept a very positive attitude throughout the performances in the pageant, and I was proud to see her true worth shine through as she won Miss Gold!” said Grace Luebcke, a freshman studying animal science.

Jaliyah Brown will be graduating in May of 2017. She is planning on getting an internship this summer and then continuing on to grad school next year.

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