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Catalyst is a semester long program facilitated by members of the Blue Key Senior Honorary.  It provides an opportunity to invest in your own success, specifically with personal habits and lessons. Throughout the semester, you will get to interact in small groups, discussing self-mastery and leadership, accountability through collaboration, and how to maintain your momentum.  This program will give you an opportunity to have fun and build relationships, discovering your capabilities as an individual along the way. 

Who can participate in Catalyst?

Catalyst is open to any K-State student, with a focus on freshmen and sophomores. Applications are now being accepted and are due November 16 at 11:59 p.m.

What do participants do in Catalyst?

Catalyst members will experience a semester of topics related to personal growth.  This will include goal-setting, building motivation, establishing self-confidence, evaluating relationships, dealing with obstacles, and many more.

Your Blue Key leaders will engage your small group with discussions from the book Habitudes for the Journey by Dr. Tim Elmore.  There will also be opportunities to listen to stories from passionate leaders from K-State in Large Lectures.There is no cost to participate in Catalyst, and the lessons learned will remain with you long after you graduate from K-State.

For the first time this year, Catalyst participants will have the opportunity to compete for a scholarship through a TED-talk style competition. More details will be available in the spring to Catalyst students. 

When does Catalyst take place?

The Kick-Off Event (where you will receive your Habitudes book, meet your small group) will take place in early December and a retreat in January centered around workshops from K-State alum Dr. Epler, who currently serves as Senior Administrator at the Nebraska Department of Education.  

After that, the commitment will be a one hour per week meeting with your small group throughout the Spring semester. Large Lectures will take place once a month on Monday nights, where you will hear from campus leaders, passionate K-Staters, and get to engage with others involved with Catalyst. Dinner is provided at all Large Lectures.