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History

The Kansas State University Blue Key chapter was chartered on February 27, 1934. The organization was primarily in charge of running the university's homecoming festivities. In 1965 Blue Key was the first student organization to create an endowment fund for a scholarship program, and later in 1991 created the Presidential Lecture Series allowing faculty members to travel across the state to speak to high schools. Over the past two decades Blue Key has focused heavily on personal development and mentorship for underclassmen through two signature programs, Catalyst, a personal development class (2002) and Quest Freshman Honorary (2004). See the below links for class photos from each year.  

Timeline of key events:

1934:Chapter  34A  of  the  Blue  Key  Honor  Society  is  established  at  K-State. Thirteen  men  are  selected  for  membership  and  Joe  Knappenberger  serves  as  the  first  president.  
1938:

Blue  Key  sponsors  the  first  issue  of  Click,  a  magazine  of  candid  photography.    

1945Blue  Key  chapter  goes  dormant  due  to  World  War  II.    
1947:

The  chapter  is  reestablished  after  being  dormant  during  World  War II.  

1960:Stanis  Panagides  becomes  the  first  international  student  to  join  the  chapter.  
1966:

John  C.  Williams,  Jr.  is  the  first  black  chapter  member.    

1973: 

The  first  Royal  Couple  is  elected  as  part  of  Homecoming  coordinated by  Blue  Key.    

1977:

Blue  Key  becomes  a  coed  organization  when  Grace  Hwang  is  the  first  female  inducted  into  membership. Blue  Key  introduces  the  K-State  Student  Ambassador  Program.

1980:Julie  Bunch  is  the  first  female  member  elected  chapter  president.    
1988:

The  first  High  School  Leadership  Conference  is  hosted  at  K-State.  

1991:

Blue  Key  members  begin  teaching  freshmen  small  groups  for the  Introduction  to  Leadership  Concepts course.    

2002:

Members  introduce  the  Blue  Key  Self-Development  program (Catalyst).  Thirty-nine  students  participate  in  the  pilot  program.    

2003:

K-State  is  named  the  Blue  Key  Outstanding  Chapter  of  the  Year.  

2004:

The  Quest  Freshman  Honorary  inducts  its  first  class  and  welcomes  26  members.    

2008:

  Blue  Key  hosts  the  first  USpeak  Conference  for  high  school  juniors  and  seniors.  Ninety-eight  students  participate.    

2009:Blue Key hosts a 75th anniversary celebration. Part  of  the  history  displayed  at  this  event  include  the  origination  of  the  sweater  vest  and  #BKL  
2014:Blue  Key hosts the first  DiscoverU  Conference  for  high  school  students in the  AVID  program.  130  students  participate. 
2018:

 Blue Key hosts the first Strengths in Action, a educational series focused on Clifton-Strengths.

2019:

Blue Key hosts the first Habitudes in Action, a speaking competition within Catalyst for a scholarship.