Meet Missouri S&T’s first female St. Pat

Meet Missouri S&T’s first female St. Pat


[Band plays] “When the saints go marching in.” [Crowd] Cheers, cheers, to the saint of engineers. We open her beers, we carry her spears to the saint of engineers. [Photographer] Pat, will you give me a quick shave? [Photographer] Thank You! [St. Pat] Walking around, people be like, “Wow! Congratulations you’re the first female St. Pat.” Like, “Are you excited?” And
it’s like, “Yeah I’m excited, but I’m having a hard time showing it because
I’m still like in disbelief that this is really a thing. Calling me “Saint Patricia” or “St. Pat chick” I think it’s weird that they would make that kind of exception
for a female St. Pat. One hundred and 10 years ago, students didn’t really get a day off, so a small committee of people decided that they’d throw a really big celebration during St. Pat’s and they talked to everyone on campus. There all the
students they’re like “Okay, we’re all just not gonna go to school today. The chancellor was like, really upset about it and then George Menefee shows up on the manure spreader he ends up knighting the chancellor, the first ever honorary knight. and the Chancellor was very okay with it at that point. So since then, the
celebration has gotten a lot bigger. I came here to Missouri S&T to study
engineering. What really got me interested was chemistry. Geology is
so heavily chemistry based. Rocks are really cool. Thin sections are pretty cool and make a lot of cool colors in the microscope. I came to Missouri S&T. I was actually kind of scared. Like intimidated by St. Pats, because you know big scary leather jackets. Big guys. No women. [ laughs ] And I started hanging out with the St. Pat’s board. I went to a recruitment event, and an
alum told me like “There’s no way I was gonna make it I was too involved
in school and work. For me, when people tell me I can’t do something, I go ahead and do it anyway. So it was like, well I’m gonna go ahead and interview now. and I did. And I got in (the board.) And I got a sales position. You get
into the election meeting, it’s the people below you, the junior reps, are
pretty much the ones that vote for you. These (elections) can go up to like three hours. A lot of alumni show up. Everyone kind of leaves if you are nominated as for
whatever position. So we’re not really sure what’s said. [Male voice] You’re a machine! [St. Pat] Pretty much! [Laughs] We all come back in 30 minutes later. Someone said like, “Congratulations Katie! You’re St.Pat!” It was like, I sat down, and I wasn’t expecting that. It was just like, “Wow, did that really just happen?” [Female voice] Is she a woman or is she a male? So we got the ball. and we changed into costumes. We walk into this room, and it’s just like a crowd of people. [Herald yelling] Lady of the green! Patron saint of engineers! It’s kind of exciting, because they kind of like come there to see all of us. Like people were clapping and you know wanting to take pictures with us. And congratulating me. These people I don’t know are proud of me. It feels good! [St. Pat’s Court to photographer] Thank You!

1 Reply to “Meet Missouri S&T’s first female St. Pat”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *