Meet the Mu Class!

Kaitlin Morgan

Deerfield, Kansas 

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My name is Kaitlin Morgan.  I am a dual major in animal sciences and agricultural communications and journalism with plans to graduate in December 2015.  During the school year I work on campus as a student writer for K-State Research and Extension in their News Media Services department.  I am the 2013-14 Alpha Omega Chapter Treasurer but I keep myself busy by being involved with the K-State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and serve as a K-State College of Ag Ambassador.

I grew up on my family’s farm in Deerfield, KS where we raise commercial angus cow-calf pairs as well as grow lots of wheat, milo and alfalfa.  Both of my parents graduated from Kansas State, which fuels my passion for the purple.  My hobbies include photography, crafting, eating large amounts of ice cream and yelling at the TV during football season.

Upon graduating from Kansas State my goal is to become a writer for a publication where I can write for producers and discuss agricultural sustainability.  I was a 2013 Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention recipient for my goal of bringing awareness to environmental and economical production practices in the agricultural industry.  I am a firm believer in stewardship; if we take care of the land then the land will take care of us.

Haley White

Fort Worth, Texas

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I am in my last year here at K-State and I am working on a degree in Animal Science and Industry with the Bioscience/Biotechnology Option. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas! I have always grown up and lived in a big city, so coming to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas was kind of a shock to me at first. However, I have adjusted to this wonderful town, and I’m proud to be at K-State!

While attending K-State, I have become exposed to the vast world of agriculture, and absolutely fell in love with it. Sigma Alpha was one of the first clubs that I joined as a freshman that really opened up my eyes to the wonders of agriculture. I’m truly blessed to be a part of such a great organization that has strong young ladies that I get to call my sisters. Being surrounded by such a diverse group makes us all grow and has helped me find my place in the agriculture field.

Besides attending school full time and working a part time job, my main hobby is to go dancing on the weekends! It is such a great work out, and a fun way to meet new people! I find this to be the best of both worlds.

After graduation in May 2015, I would like to attend graduate school at a university back home in Texas for a Masters in either genetics, bioengineering, or food safety. With my advanced degree, I would eventually like to go into disease research with animals. My dream job would be to work for a large company and help discover a cure for diabetes or an incurable disease in the agricultural world.

Bridget Hoover

Saint George, Kansas

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My name is Bridget Hoover and I am a senior this year with a planned graduation date of fall 2014. I am majoring in agricultural communications and journalism with minors in animal science and journalism. I am currently employed as the marketing administrative assistant at Purple Wave Auction and plan to continue working there after graduation. I am a native of the Manhattan area only living 15 minutes away in Saint George, KS. I have been an active member of the Mu class of Sigma Alpha since the fall of 2011. I am also a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) on campus. Sigma Alpha has been a great decision of mine while at K-State. It has offered a network of sisters and friends that will last a lifetime and has given me several opportunities within the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.

Theresa Jardine

Manhattan, Kansas

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My name is Theresa Jardine, a member of the Mu class, and I will be graduating in Spring 2015 with a degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Horticulture. Having grown up in Manhattan, I am a born and raised wildcat. I joined Sigma Alpha because I wanted to meet others who shared the same passion for agriculture that I do. This organization has helped me grow as a professional, a leader, and as person in general. During the 2013-2014 school year, I was privileged enough to serve as Recruitment chair for the Alpha Omega chapter and loved getting to help the chapter grow in members. Outside of Sigma Alpha, I am involved in the Ag Ed Club and the American Red Cross as a blood drive coordinator/volunteer. To relax, I love to hike, take my dog on walks, watch sports on TV, and golf. Joining Sigma Alpha has, by far, been the best decision I have made in college. I would not trade the friendships, networking, and opportunities that I have had for anything.

Meghan Hecht

Great Bend, Kansas

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My name is Meghan Hecht, and I am a senior in Animal Science and Industries with a minor in Agronomy graduating in May 2014. I am originally from Great Bend, KS, and spent about eight years in Farmington, New Mexico, due to my father’s career as a crop consultant for Crop Quest. I am a third generation Kansas State University student in the College of Agriculture. In other words, purple has ran through my family’s veins for several generations. I am currently involved in several organizations on campus including Block and Bridle, Collegiate Cattlewomen, Sigma Alpha, and KSU Collegiate Farm Bureau, in which I am the current president. Sigma Alpha is one of my favorite organizations because I enjoy being surrounded by women who have similar interests in agriculture. I have made some of my best friends through this organization while improving my professionalism in the agriculture industry. It has helped me to gain better knowledge of all the different aspects of this industry through women who are passionate about their future careers.

Nicole Armbrister

Zurich, Kansas

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Hi! My name is Nicole Armbrister. I am in the Mu Class of the Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Alpha. I grew up out in the middle of nowhere by a little town called Zurich, KS. We raise Black Angus cattle, and for a couple years I dabbled in the sheep business with a flock of Polypay. I’m currently working towards an Animal Science Degree with a Production Management Option. I work at the Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit (KABSU) where I enjoy playing with the bulls and mount steers! I joined Sigma Alpha as a freshman to get involved with a great group of girls that are just as in love with Ag as I am! The professionalism is also a huge help when apply for internships and jobs!

Allison Lemke

Olathe, Kansas

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My name is Allison Lemke and I’m a senior studying Hotel and Restaurant Management, with a minor in dance. I’m originally from Olathe, KS which is right in the middle of Johnson County. Being from the city, I didn’t grow up with agriculture, so this is a whole new and very exciting world for me! I learn something new everyday and I love being able to talk to my sisters about their experiences in agriculture.

I am also a Resident Assistant in the residence halls this year, which has been an amazing experience for me. Planning programs that will allow students to grow as leaders or provide them with opportunities to make K-State memories is awesome. I love being able to work with students on a personal level to ensure that they are successful professionally and academically!

After graduation I hope to either attend graduate school to obtain my masters in occupational therapy or gain employment within the hospitality industry. My main goal after graduation would be to help others in anyway that I can!

Ariel Whitely

Lawrence, Kansas

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Growing up in Lawrence, home of the Jayhawks, I never thought I would be at Kansas State University. In high school I was heavily involved in marching band and I joined FFA my junior year. It was in FFA that I learned about the importance of agriculture and the vast opportunities it offered.  After taking a plant sciences class my senior year I realized that horticulture was my niche in that vast field. After a year of community college at Fort Scott I transferred to Kansas State and in my first semester I heard about Sigma Alpha and fell in love. I have greatly enjoyed serving my chapter as Historian (12-13) and have just begun serving as  a co-chair for the Alumni Liaison position (13-14). I am also a Horticulture Club member and enjoy geeking out with fellow students over various aspects of our major. I will graduate (if all goes as planned) in the fall of 2014 where I look forward to heading home to seek work in Greenhouse Management as well as spending even more time with my much missed friends and family!

Gina Callari 

Bridgewater, New Jersey

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My name is Gina Callari and I am a sophomore in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I grew up 1,200 miles away from the Little Apple in Bridgewater, New Jersey. I grew up raising market lambs, riding horses and being heavily involved in 4-H.

Here at K-State I am the scholarship chair in Sigma Alpha, the Course and Curriculum chair in Ag Council and an active member in the Pre-Vet Club.

With the support of my wonderful family and Sigma Alpha sisters I hope to attend veterinary school after graduation in May 2015. In the meantime, I love being a wildcat and a sister within Sigma Alpha.

P.S. Mom, if you are reading this thank you for letting your only daughter pursue her dreams. I love you and miss you so much!

Victoria Willis

Pasadena, Maryland

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Hello there! I am currently a junior at Kansas State University majoring in Animal Science and Industry, animal products emphasis with a minor in leadership studies and food science. Although Kansas State is my home away from home, my true roots belong back in Pasadena, Maryland where I grew up on the Magothy River. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but had the opportunity to raise and show livestock through a local 4-H club, and eventually ended up leasing land for my own flock of market and wool sheep. How did a small town Maryland girl end up half way across the country you may ask? I made the decision to attend Kansas State because of the friendly atmosphere, dedicated professors, and the various opportunities that were available in my major. While attending K-State, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the agricultural industry through my participation in extracurricular clubs and leadership positions. I have served as Collegiate Cattlewomen’s historian and beef promotions director, Sigma Alpha’s philanthropy chairperson, and currently serving as secretary, as well as representing the college of agriculture as an Agriculture Ambassador. I was an alternate on the poultry products evaluation team, and am currently on the meat science quiz bowl team. Upon graduation, I would like to find a career in the meat and poultry industry while emphasizing on meat processing, live production, and food safety.  

Shelby Droddy

Princeton, Kansas

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Mu Class
Junior
Agribusiness with minor in ASI
Growing up in rural Princeton, KS (blink-of-an-eye town), I was involved in several extracurricular activities that helped form the direction I am heading now. FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball, softball, and all the activities that go with, took up a majority of my high school career. I also showed sheep in the county fair every year since I was 7 with my older brother, sister, and twin sister. After graduation I attended Emporia State University for a year and decided to move to K-State. Here, I have declared an agriculture career path for myself and love it!

This past summer, I was able to take the opportunity of a lifetime and go to Australia on a beef and sheep tour through the ASI department. Obviously I loved it! It was an amazing experience for me. The touristy activities were also incredible-scuba diving, site-seeing, shopping, cultural tours, etc.

On top of that, Sigma Alpha has been a great asset for me professionally and socially. This year, I have the privilege of being the professional chair. This position helps me bring the opportunities for professional development to our chapter to encourage strong women in agriculture! I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year goes for us!

I have also already made plans for the summer as I have accepted a Plant Manager internship with Cargill and can hardly contain my excitement for the opportunity! After returning in the fall, I will officially have two semesters left until I am part of the real world.
My philosophies:
1.        Family is the most important thing in life
2.        Chocolate can cure anything
3.        Opportunity doesn’t wait so take advantage of it
4.        EMAW Nation is the BEST to be a part of

Analena Simmons

Barnard, Kansas

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Hi! I’m currently a senior in Feed Science and Management. Here at K-State I’m also involved in Alpha Zeta, the Collegiate Feed Technology Group, Collegiate Cattlewomen, and Block and Bridle, along with being a member of the livestock judging team.

I was raised on a small family farm in North Central Kansas, where my family’s particular area of interest is in raising commercial meat goats. I’ve been involved in agriculture ever since we moved back to the family farm when I was 5 years old.  I grew up extremely active in 4-H and FFA, both with judging livestock and showing cattle, sheep, hogs, and meat goats.

After graduation, I plan to stay at K-State to pursue a Masters in Grain Science, and eventually move on somewhere to achieve my PhD. My goal is to have a career in research and development, and, while the livestock industry may be my first love, I’m hoping to work in the pet food industry

Sammi Boyajin

Gardner, Kansas

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I am in my second year here at K-State and I am working on a degree in Animal Science and Industry with the Pre-Vet Option. I am also minoring in Spanish and hope to someday find a chance (and the money) to be able to travel abroad to Spain and really enhance my language skills while learning about their culture.

Sigma Alpha has been one of the best decisions I have made here and I am so happy with all of the wonderful ladies that I have been blessed to meet and call sisters and for all of those that I will meet in the future! I love being surrounded by people that all have a common interest in agriculture, even if it is diverse, there is a collective passion for all the different facets in agriculture and I have found my place among these women and in the agriculture field.

After graduation, I hope to be admitted into the veterinary school here at K-State so that I can receive my license and be able to work with both small and large animals in a rural area somewhere in Kansas, I was born and raised here and have no intention in leaving the wheat state!

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