Published: Feb 16, 2009
When Katelyn Chapman first came to The University of Tampa as a freshman
student, she was among a select few who participated in the annual
ELITE (Educating Leaders in Today’s Environment
) leadership retreat, which seeks to engage new students as leaders in the campus community.
the potential for the program, Chapman sought to create an organization
to complement ELITE – one that would last through the entire year.
organization, Extreme ELITE, is hardcore – it includes year around
activities for students committed to leading, and making a difference.
the type of person who, if I want something, I’m going to make it
happen,” Chapman said. While others had attempted to expand ELITE over
the course of the program’s 15-year history, it wasn’t until Chapman
stepped up that Extreme ELITE became a reality.
students collaborate on community service events – such as volunteer
events at soup kitchens and other charitable organizations,
environmental clean-up projects and charitable giving initiatives to
places like Tampa’s HOPE Children’s Home. The group also participates in
team-building projects such as high-ropes courses, indoor rock climbing
and camping trips.
“We try to continue the ELITE philosophy
throughout the year, recruiting people who want to do something new and
adventurous,” Chapman said.
Today Extreme ELITE has grown to
become one of the most active organizations on the UT campus, boasting
more than 50 students participating in various service and leadership
activities throughout the year.
As a major in entrepreneurship,
Chapman’s drive for leadership is not surprising. With dreams of one day
starting her own business, Chapman has harnessed many of her own
interests into a host of leadership positions and experiences that are
sure to impress potential future employers.
After working as a
desk attendant at UT’s McNiff Fitness Center her freshman year, Chapman
became certified to act as one of the center’s personal athletic
trainers. She also spent a semester in Australia during her sophomore
year as part of a study abroad experience, and traveled to Ireland and
the U.K. as part of a UT travel-study trip.
Kim Northup, UT’s
assistant director of Leadership Engagement, said Chapman’s motivation
and commitment to the Extreme ELITE will ensure it that continues.
Katelyn graduates in May, she is leaving behind an important legacy – a
legacy that will continue to be an important part of UT’s leadership
development efforts,” Northup said.