Alumni Profile

Karen Katz '99

President, Harlaxton Society Board of Directors

Major at UE: Theatre Management
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Current Residence: Hollywood, Florida
Current Occupation: CEO, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity

Career Highlights

I currently serve as the chief executive officer of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity. After UE, I earned a Master of Science in college student personnel from Western Illinois University. In addition to my full-time job, I serve a number of national organizations, including on the National Recruitment Team for Chi Omega and as the recruitment advisor for University of Miami Chi Omega.

I was the fraternity and sorority life advisor at Florida International University for four years where I starting volunteering for numerous fraternities, including Sigma Phi Epsilon, which I advise now as the Alumni Advisory Council president. I have been a lead facilitator for the North-American Interfraternity Conference's Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute since 2004 and volunteer on advisory boards for Campuspeak and Circle of Sisterhood.

Family/UE Connections

My parents, brothers, and husband have all visited Harlaxton College! My husband, Joseph, is a Florida Gator, but even he has fallen in love with Harlaxton.

UE Alumni Activities/Why I Give Back

  • 2002-06 Alumni Admission Connection (when we were asked to attend high school recruitment nights in our area.)
  • 2010-present: Harlaxton Society Board (currently serving as president)
  • 2012-15 worked with the UE chapter of Chi Omega on behalf of the Chi Omega National Recruitment Team
  • 2013-14 Student-Alumni Mentoring Program

University of Evansville helped to make me the woman I am today. The leadership skills and friendships made during my time in Chi Omega and as a resident assistant in Moore Hall brought the power of relationships and importance of student development to the forefront of my life. I work and volunteer with Greek-letter organizations because I have seen how much positive impact they can make when done right. UE maintains high standards for our community, so students can reach their full potential.

My time at Harlaxton College inspired a love for travel, connected me with lifelong friends, and opened my eyes to the unique cultures around the world. These shared experiences ensure I have a family of alumni wherever my travels take me. I give back to University of Evansville because I believe in its mission and values and want to help us flourish.

Favorite UE Memory

Having my parents and grandparents surprise me at the Student Government Association awards dinner.

Karen Katz '99

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