Student Organizations


Get to know the 2014-2015 K-State Blue Key members!

2014-2015 Blue Key Class

Ross AllenSoldier, KS

Philosophy and Economics; Non-Profit Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” - Roald Dahl

Ben BrownAppleton City, MO

Agriculture Economics and Agronomy

Favorite Quote:

"All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Ellen CollingwoodBeloit, KS

Advertising; Business Administration Minor

Favorite Quote:

"When your heart speaks, take good notes." - Judith Campbell

Paige DruffelPullman, WA

Agricultural Communications and Journalism; Agronomy minor

Favorite Quote:

"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." - Henry Ford

Hope FaflickWichita, KS

Political Science, International Studies, Pre-Law; Non-Profit Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

"But if my fire is not large, it is yet real, and there may be those who light their candles at it's flame." - A.W. Tozer

Cody KennedyPhillipsburg, KS

Secondary Education and Mathematics

Favorite Quote:

"Success lies not in being the best but in doing your best." - Anonymous

Ryan KnightOverland Park, KS

Marketing; Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

"It is not the things you do in life that you regret, it is the things you do not" - Randy Pausch

Nathan LaudanPaola, KS

Food Science and Agricultural Communications & Journalism; Agriculture Economics minor

Favorite Quote:

"Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson

Kurt LockwoodCaney, KS

Agricultural Economics, Pre-Law

Favorite Quote:

"Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson

Jordan MarquessOlathe, KS

Biology, Pre-Med and Gerontology; Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

"The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Paul MeissbachLawrence, KS

Vocal Performance and Italian

Favorite Quote:

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care" - Theodore Roosevelt

Allison NiedereeGreat Bend, KS

Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy

Favorite Quote:

"Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can." – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama

Lizzi PetiteJunction City, KS

Human Resource Management; Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

"Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light" - Anonymous

Caroline TolerLeawood, KS

Family Studies and Human Services; Non-Profit Leadership Studies minor

Favorite Quote:

"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind" - C.S. Lewis

Jason TroendleSt. Charles, MN

Agricultural Economics

Favorite Quote:

"Do not look around at what everyone else is doing. No one is asking you to be someone else. But the world does need you to be you, because you are the only one who can do the job. Be the person God created you to be. He made you exactly right." - Ellyn Sanna

Adam WilkersonColumbia, MO

Civil Engineering; Leadership Studies Minor

Favorite Quote:

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic."

Abby WorksIola, KS

Food Science and Industry, Pre-Pharmacy

Favorite Quote:

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"




Blue Key

Blue Key Honor Society is a premier honor society that recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Blue Key Honor Society bases its eligibility for membership on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others, citizenship, and an adherence to principles of faith.

Blue Key Honor Society is unique in that it recognizes upper-classmen at colleges and universities throughout the nation for an exemplary and balanced record of achievement inside and outside the classroom.

Blue Key Honor Society celebrates and honors the many accomplishments of it membership. The special qualities of Blue Key members as they model service to others include intellectual curiosity with a desire to acquire knowledge, modeling a significant pattern of leadership which contributes to the institution's student and campus life, service to the community and citizenship, expressing humility through moral character and integrity, and a strong sense of faith in word and deed.

Benefits of Blue Key Include:

Acknowledgement for a record of excellence in Leadership, Scholarship and Service with an internationally recognized honor society. Life membership and receipt of a credential that is recognized for quality and selectivity by graduate programs, institutions, and professional fields. Opportunity to make a significant contribution to the quality of campus life. Participate with a forum of stimulating individuals who create ideas and programs to serve others and implement those efforts. Experience the principle of "best leadership practices" with dedicated campus leaders.

Get to know the 2013-2014 Class!

Zach Boal

Position: Vice President

Hometown: Stilwell, KS

Major(s): Biology, Pre-Med

Other Activities: Student Alumni Board, VP of Development; Mortar Board Senior Honor Society; Delta Upsilon Fraternity, New Member Educator; Relay for Life, Team Captain; CAT Campus Crew Tour Guide and Student Panelist; Quest Freshman Honorary.

Favorite Quote: "The worst thing is never the last thing."

Favorite Move: The Blind Side


Erin Clopine

Position: Catalyst Co-Director

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Major(s): Human Resource Management & Marketing

Other Activities: Gamma Phi Beta, President; Union Governing Board, Vice President; College of Business Senator; Student Alumni Board; Student Foundation

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spending time with friends

Favorite Quote: "Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work for it!"


Kassie Curran

Position: Director of Alumni and Outreach

Hometown: Farlington, KS

Major(s): Food Science and Industry

Other Activities: Ag Ambassadors, President; Career Fair Coordinator; College Farm Bureau, VP of Community Outreach; Collegiate Cattlewomen, Beef Promotions Director; Kansas FFA, Vice President

Favorite Quote: "Be in love with your life, every minute of it."

Favorite Weekend Activity: Working on the farm with my family!


Kaitlyn Dewell

Position: Co-Director of Leadership and Programming

Hometown: Meade, KS

Major(s): Journalism and Digital Mass Media (Print Focus)

Other Activities: Gamma Phi Beta, Assistant Social Chair; K-State Singers, Public Relations Director; Ambassador for the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Favorite Quote: "Well-behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Favorite Weekend Activity: Playing piano, napping, and eating bacon.


Ben Harstine

Position: Director of Retreats and Team Training

Hometown: Towanda, KS

Major(s): Public Health Nutrition, Pre-Med

Other Activities: Farmhouse Fraternity, Kitchen Manager, Exec Board; Christian Challenge, Website Facilitator, Small- Group Leader

Favorite Weekend Activity: Swing Dancing

Thing That Excites You Most About Blue Key: Opportunity to build relationships


Tyler Johnson

Position: Director of Membership

Hometown: Parsons, KS

Major(s): Human Resources and Marketing

Other Activities: Student Alumni Board, VP of Membership; K-State Student Ambassador; Delta Upsilon Fraternity

Favorite Quote: "The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself."

Favorite Book: Anything involving Meryl Streep


Reagan Kays

Position: President

Hometown: Weir, KS

Major(s): Agribusiness

Other Activities: Alpha Gamma Rho, VNR Alumni Relations, New Class President, Assistant VNR Recruitment; Student Foundation, New Member Class Co-Chair; Ag Ambassadors, College of Ag Training Program Co-Chair; SGA- Ag Senator, SCTE Committee, Priv. Fee Committee; College Farm Bureau; Ag Econ/Ag Business Club

Favorite Weekend Activity: Sports events, working with cows, going to mass

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans


Chris Kellenbarger

Position: Banquets and Recognition

Hometown: Derby, KS

Major(s): General Business Management with an emphasis in non-profit development

Other Activities: Delta Sigma Phi, Membership VP; K-State Proud; LEAD 212 Small Group Leader; Student Foundation, VP of Student Campaigns; Quest Freshman Honorary; New Student Services, Orientation Leader, Campus Tour Guide

Favorite Weekend Activity: Game day, sleeping

Favorite Quote: "If I have seen far it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants."-Issac Newton


Sam Kellerman

Position: Quest Co-Director

Hometown: Leawood, KS

Major(s): Nutritional Sciences

Other Activities: Student Alumni Board, Quest, Alpha Delta Pi, Relay for Life, National Relief Network

Favorite Quote: "The perfect day: going to bed with a dream and waking up with a purpose."

Favorite Book: The Shack


Kaitlin Long

Position: Co-Director of Leadership Programming

Hometown: Leawood, KS

Major(s): Entrepreneurship

Other Activities: SGA, Chief of Staff; International Service Teams, Student Coordinator; Alpha Delta Pi Sorority; Student Alumni Board; College of Business Venture Accelerator; Chimes Junior Honorary

Favorite Quote: "There is no use in preaching unless our walking is preaching."

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spending time relaxing and cheering on the 'Cats with friends!


Brett Seidl

Position: Quest Co-Director

Hometown: Valley Center, KS

Major(s): Public Relations

Other Activities: Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, President; Student Foundation, VP of Students; Student Alumni Board; Chimes Junior Honorary; Quest Freshman Honorary

Favorite Quote: "It's amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit."- Harry Truman

Thing That Excites You Most About Blue Key: The opportunity to develop future leaders


Sara Schifferdecker

Position: Personal and Professional Development

Hometown: Girard, KS

Major(s): Agricultural Education

Other Activities: Alpha Xi Delta, President, Programs VP; Student Mobilization, Leadership Team; Kansas FFA, State FFA reporter

Favorite Quote: "Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." -1 Corinthians 9:24

Favorite Weekend Activity: Watching movies with my sorority sisters or anything outside


Annika Schneider

Position: Catalyst Co-Director

Hometown: Lindsborg, KS

Major(s): Music Education and Spanish

Other Activities: Student Alumni Board, Secretary, Alumni Relations Chair; Chimes Junior Honorary, President; American Choral Directors Association, VP; Choral Ambassador; Quest Freshman Honorary; KSU Concert Choir; KSU Symphonic Orchestra; KSU Opera Guild

Favorite Quote: "I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something. It is because I cannot do everything that I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -Hellen Keller

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree


Jake Unruh

Position: Director of Scholarships and Nationals

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Major(s): Finance

Other Activities: Union Governing Board, President; Union Corporation Board, President; SGA, Student Body Vice President, Local Relations Director, Senator, Intern; Student Alumni board; IFC Social Responsibility Committee; Quest Freshman Honorary; Chimes Junior Honorary

Favorite Weekend Activity: Cheering on the 'Cats, Racquetball, Running

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption


Alexis Wingerson

Position: Director of ULead

Hometown: Smith Center, KS

Major(s): Horticulture

Other Activities: Ag Council, Secretary, Student and Faculty Awards Chair; FFA, State VP; Ag Ambassadors; Ag Ed Club; Alpha Zeta

Favorite Quote: "An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."- G.K. Chesterton

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spending time with friends


Pat Bosco

Position: Advisor

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Career: Vice President & Dean of Student Life


Jackie McClaskey

Position: Advisor

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Career: Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture


Emily Lehning

Position: Advisor

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Career: Assistant Vice President & Director, New Student Services


Kerry Priest

Position: Advisor

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Career: Assistant Professor, School of Leadership Studies


John Lantz

Position: Blue Key/Quest Advisor

Hometown: Manhattan, KS

Career: Coordinator of New Student Services - Orientation Programs