Student Alumni Leadership Board: Kate Kasper, vice president of membership

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Campus News and News

Student Alumni Leadership Board (SALB) members serve as the official student representatives and volunteers of the KU Alumni Association. Members also facilitate spirit functions, serve as campus ambassadors and organize community service projects. SALB is governed by eight executive board members, who have the opportunity to interact with some of the best student leaders, campus officials and alumni. This week’s profile features Kate Kasper, a freshman from Belle Plaine, Minn., who is undecided about her major. Kate serves SALB as the vice president of membership.

What’s your favorite KU tradition or KU memory?

My favorite KU tradition by far is being part of the student section at our athletic events. Nothing is better than screaming and chanting during games, singing the alma mater and seeing the rest of the crowd swaying together, and of course building up to the Rock Chalk chant! I have gotten chills every time, and I’m 100% certain I will always get them because the atmosphere at KU games is always that powerful.

What made you decide to attend KU?

I made the decision to attend KU the first time I visited during the summer before my senior year in high school. I had gone to a college fair in Minneapolis and picked up brochures from KU. When I decided I was going to go out-of-state, KU was the first college I visited.

On my visit, the first thing we did after checking in was watch an introductory video that was really just an overview of KU. However, it was during this video, before walking through campus, that I knew I would end up at KU. As cliché as it sounds, I just got “that feeling” during the video and simply knew that KU was the place for me. I have never thought that I should be at some other college because in my freshman year, KU has offered and allowed me to do more than I ever imagined I would, and I know there is more in store!

Where’s your favorite place to hang out in Lawrence?

Lawrence is one of the greatest college towns in the United States. The Jayhawks are so thankful to be backed by such a supportive community. Lawrence has almost everything you need and just between Iowa Street and “Mass” (Massachusetts) Street, there are so many places to hang out. The small shops and many dining options on Mass make it a vibrant place to go to on the weekends. If your fridge is empty and it’s time to stock up, Wal-Mart and Target are just down the road on Iowa Street. It’s so cool how connected KU students feel to the Lawrence community because anywhere you go, a majority of people will be adorned in some type of KU apparel. There are so many things to love about KU itself, but it’s Lawrence and being surrounded by such a proud community makes it that much better.

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