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It is the comprehensive Bethel education both inside and outside of the classroom that will have a lasting and profound impact on my future
Josh Chittum ’09

Katie Malotte

Hometown: Marysville, Kansas
Major: Literary Studies/History
Class of 2012

During the 2011-2012 season, Katie contributed to the women’s tennis team first place win in the KCAC Tournament Championship. Not only was she KCAC’s player of the week, but following the championship game, Katie was named to All-KCAC 1st team and the most valuable player.

Why did you decide to come to Bethel?
I decided to come to Bethel because of the excellent academic reputation, the women’s tennis program and the overall friendliness that the campus had when I visited.
During your time at Bethel, what were your favorite classes?
It’s pretty hard to narrow that down, as I’ve had so many amazing and wonderful professors. Two of my favorites were Emerson Meets Management, taught by LaVerne Epp, and Religion in American History, taught by Penny Moon. The reason had a lot to do with the professors and the students in the class, both were seminar style classes with lots of discussion.
What were some of the highlights of this past tennis season?
The main highlight was clinching the KCAC Regular Season Title as a team. We went undefeated in KCAC regular season play, only dropping one point the entire conference season.
How did you react when you found out you had been named KCAC women’s tennis player of the week?
It’s always nice to be recognized for playing hard and winning, but at the time I knew I had two big matches ahead to play and was more focused on that.
What will you miss the most about Bethel?
The people. I’ve been very lucky in the friendships I have developed at Bethel, both with the students, faculty and staff. The general feeling of community will be hard to replace.
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I will be attending KU Law in the fall
What does being a Thresher mean to you?
Being a Thresher means developing the skills to critically think and making connections with the people around you.