Meet Jill Seidl

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.”

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Meet Taylor Barker

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!

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Meet Katy Beth Ezell

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!”

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 Ryanne Mercer

Ryanne Mercer is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education. She chose this major because she loves interacting with kids and watching them learn and grow.

“Since senior year of high school, I have had many interactions in the classroom, and it solidified why I want to be a teacher,” Mercer said. “It also helps that I have had a huge support group of great teachers I have had that have motivated me to be a role model for someone like they were to me.”

On campus, Mercer is the Social Chairman for Education Council. Their mission is to grow leaders within the College of Education and to further the college’s best interests.

“It’s really awesome to be a part of something in the College of Education and help to plan events for campus,” Mercer said.

Mercer is also a coach for gymnastics. Through her coaching, she gets to know kids that share the same interest in gymnastics as her.

“I get to work with and get to know so many kids around the Manhattan which is super special to me,” Mercer said. “I also get to teach them something that I love doing.”

Someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Dr. Laura Teitjan. She is a professor in the College of Education who has impacted many of her students’ lives.

Dr. Laura Teitjan was my professor in Foundations of Education and that class

showed me exactly who I want to become,” Mercer said. “She is incredibly passionate and would do anything that she could to help out her students.”

Since her mother was also a Theta, Mercer has heard many stories about Theta and the memories her mother made while she was in the chapter. She knew that she wanted a similar experience and to be a part of a sisterhood that was just as special. During recruitment, Mercer felt very comfortable at Theta, and ultimately chose Theta because she knew she would fit in with the women.

“I have connected to and met so many wonderful people that have made me into a better person because of Theta,” Mercer said. “I have found friends that will last a lifetime.”

 

 

 

Meet Emily Meinhardt

Emily Meinhardt is a freshman majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science and Industry as well as minoring in Leadership Studies. She chose these majors because agriculture is a big part of her life, but she also wants to be able to show her creativity in her future career.

“It is important for me to pursue a future career that would combine my creativity, my love of agriculture and my people skills,” Meinhardt said. “I realized that majoring in Ag Communications and Animal Science would allow me to best utilize my personal strengths.”

Meinhardt has always had a big passion for leadership. After taking LEAD 212, an introduction to leadership class, she knew that she wanted to minor in Leadership Studies.

“After taking LEAD 212, I began looking at leadership in different ways. This class gave me a broader outlook on how people interact and how to make an organization or just a group people work more efficiently together,” Meinhardt said.

On campus, Meinhardt is involved in Block and Bridle, an organization for students interested in animal agriculture. This past year she has served as a rookie representative and she has been elected to serve as the treasurer for next year. She enjoys being a member of Block and Bridle because she has made new friendships and she has become involved in the different activities the club organizes.

“The speakers at meetings have given me a broader outlook on the livestock industry and have increased my knowledge,” Meinhardt said. “I like how the club schedules both activity meetings and business meetings because it has given me both social and educational opportunities.”

Meinhardt has coordinated American Red Cross Blood Drives, as well as worked for Catholic Heart Work Camp where she assisted with basic home repairs and helped children with disabilities. She was also a Bulldog Buddies Mentor at her high school where she assisted her buddy with classwork and helped with fundraising projects.

Someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Alexis McCormick. When they first met on philanthropy day during Primary Recruitment, they automatically clicked and became friends. Since then, Emily has become Alexis’s little. Alexis has helped Emily with the transition from high school to college, from helping her find her classes to being there when she misses her family.

 

“Alexis always has given me the best advice whether it was about school or just everyday life. If I encounter an obstacle, Alexis is right there to help me through it. She made me feel immediately welcome here at Theta,” Meinhardt said.

Meinhardt chose Theta because it was where she felt most comfortable and at home. She also knew a lot about Theta since her mother and two aunts are also Thetas.

“During the week of Primary Recruitment, every time I came to Theta it felt like home. The girls wanted to get to know the real you. But the ideals and Theta’s initiative to always strive to make each sister the best person they can be is what locked me in,” Meinhardt said.

This summer, Meinhardt plans of working at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, along with attending many cattle shows and the Hereford Junior Nationals in Louisville, KY.

Meet Cassie Bullock

Cassie Bullock is a senior majoring in Hospitality Management and minoring in Business. She chose this major after working at different event venues during high school, including haunted attractions and wedding venues.

“I fell in love with the constant interactions of guests and the changing atmosphere throughout the year,” Bullock said. “I decided I wanted to pursue hospitality as a career.”

With this career path, Bullock has many different ideas and goals for her future.

“My goal is to own my own event venue someday. My dream would be to run camps for kids in the summer and weddings in the off season, and I would love to have a music festival once a year as well,” Bullock said. “The sky is the limit!”

On campus, she is a Hospitality Management Ambassador and on the Leadership Team for a campus ministry. These organizations have given her many opportunities to get involved and meet new people.

“Being a part of the Leadership Team for my campus ministry has led to many opportunities like leading studies, meeting people from other campuses, living and working in Gulf Shores, and I have developed skills to carry with me for the rest of my life,” Bullock said.

Bullock did not think that Theta was the right fit for her in the beginning, but over time Theta grew on her. She became more comfortable at Theta, and realized that this is where she was meant to be. From random sledding trips to movie nights, Theta has given her many memories that she will not forget.

“Theta inspires me to be a better version of myself daily and has opened my eyes to the world around me. I have had the privilege to live life with girls I can truly call my best friends. We learn from each other’s strengths and respect our differences,” Bullock said. “Theta has led to late night conversations, spontaneous road trips, new hobbies, lots of chilling in the date room, and the dearest friendships.”

This summer, Bullock will be working at Westminster Woods Summer Camp as a Rec Coordinator.

“I am so excited to go back and serve in this new position where we spend our days soaking in the sun, sharing Christ with kids, laughing too hard, building new friendships, and getting minimal sleep,” Bullock said.

After this summer, Bullock will be moving to Orlando to participate in the Disney College Program, where she will get to work at the happiest place on Earth. Even though she is leaving Manhattan, the friendships and memories from Theta and K-State will never be forgotten.

“Thank you to Theta and K-State for being my home,” Bullock said. “You’ll always be a part of me. I cannot imagine college without the opportunities Theta has provided for me.”

 

Meet Heather Albers

Heather Albers is a junior majoring in Apparel and Textile Marketing, and minoring in Leadership Studies, Business, and Statistics. She chose this path because she is passionate about it and her mother also majored in the same thing.

“I hope to be a trend forecaster for a retailing corporation. Reading and interpreting numbers is something I enjoy doing so I hope to use my statistics minor in my career,” Albers said.

On campus, Albers is involved in the College of Human Ecology College Council, Apparel Textile and Interior Design Alliance, and Cats for Inclusion, and she is also going to be a Union Program Council Co-Chairman next year. Her community involvement includes volunteering to help the Animal Welfare Society in Manhattan.

“I like staying busy,” Albers said. “I don’t like having too much free time on my hands!”

One thing that has impacted her college experience is the Leadership Studies Department.

“The program has allowed me to grow so much as a person and that is something I will always be grateful for,” Albers said.

Albers chose Theta because her aunt was a Theta at K-State as well. She said that being able to share that with her is very special.

“I can’t imagine how different my college experience would be if I didn’t have all of my friends walking through this journey with me,” Albers said. “The women of Kappa Alpha Theta are one of a kind and I am grateful for every one of them.”

Meet Joni Sheets

Joni Sheets is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies. She was inspired to be a teacher by her father and the teachers she had growing up. A leadership minor has helped her expand her leadership skills and experience from high school.

“My dream job would be a kindergarten teacher back in my small hometown of Belleville. Kindergarteners are just so fun and I would love to be their first teacher they have for school!” Sheets said.

On campus, Sheets is an Education Ambassador. As an ambassador, she meets with potential K-State students and tells them about the College of Education.

“Being able to show my love toward K-State to potential students is something that I get out of being an Ambassador,” Sheets said. “To know that you can make or break someone’s college decision by the visit you provide is kind of intimidating, but if you nail it you could be the reason someone chooses to come to K-State and that’s really awesome.”

Sheets also volunteers as a tutor at the Douglas Community Center.

“It is so rewarding to help the children who attend weekly and build a relationship with them as I go. This tutoring is helping me gain skills I will need to be a teacher and reassures me that I chose the right path,” she said. “I love going to the Douglas Center on Tuesdays!”

On a college visit, Sheets met Shannon Caffrey, who soon became her best friend after coming to college. They have many things in common, including a passion for education and Theta.

“Shannon and I are literally the same person, with so much in common, and having the friendship we have is the greatest thing I could have asked for in college. She is somebody who would do anything for me and that is no lie.  I have heard that you meet your best friends in college, and before coming I thought that was pretty cliché, but halfway through my college years I know it is so true!” she said.

Sheets’ older sister, Jaclyn, is also a Theta. Her sister’s experience led her to want to be a Theta as well.

“I had seen the girls she had surrounded herself with in this organization and knew that those were the types of girls I could see myself being with as well.  Also, I just felt like I was at home when visiting Theta during Primary Recruitment.  The girls here are so genuine and make me a better person daily!” Sheets said.

Theta has had a positive impact on her college experience, from making new friends to random sledding trips with her Theta sisters. She has made even more memories this year while living in the Theta house.

“Living in this year has been a great experience for me and I would highly recommend it for anyone who gets the opportunity,” Sheets said. “You don’t only get to meet man

y more people who you might not hang out with otherwise, but if it is raining or snowing, you are guaranteed to have one of your sisters give you a ride to or from class, and that is pretty great!”

Meet Gabby Stein

Gabby Stein is a freshman majoring in computer science. She chose this major after taking a class her senior year of high school.

“I took an Intro to Computer Programming class my last semester of high school and enjoyed it, so I figured let’s just go with this!” Stein said.

With adjusting to college, it has been hard for her to make time to get involved in more than Theta and intramurals, but Stein is hoping to change that soon.

“I hope to get involved in the choir and a horseback riding club in the future,” she said.

Last semester, Stein volunteered at the Riley County Seniors Service Center.

“I got to work with some really amazing people as I assisted in sorting and packing up old war relics,” Stein said.

Someone who has helped Stein adjust to college is Sarah, a friend she made the first week of school.

“Our friendship has grown since we met from our biweekly lunch and dinner dates, Netflix movie nights, helping her with her lipstick, and her letting me borrow her clothes for chapter,” Stein said. “It’s so nice to have someone always there for me!”

Stein chose Theta because of the meaningful conversations she had with the women and she felt more and more at home every time she visited.

“Theta has provided me with an amazing group of women that I can get to know and grow close to over the next few years,” Stein said. “It feels like home here and I am so excited to live in next year!”

This summer, she will be working as the animal care attendant at Deanna Rose Farmstead in her hometown. Her job will be to talk to kids and give them pony rides. Along with working, she plans on cheering on the Royals in Kauffman Stadium and possibly going on a road trip to Lake Michigan.