Student Profile: Kaily Baer makes difference through honors society

Kaily Baer is an MSU engineering student and was president of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), a campus Honors Society. Now, she is a general member of ALD and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the MSU Engineering Honors Society.

Baer came to MSU from Colorado to meet new people and have a unique adventure away from home. She became an chemical engineering major because she likes math and science and wanted to challenge herself.

Baer’s experience in ALD has helped her to find a footing in campus life. Whether with organized events or just spending time with other members, her experiences with the organization are something she treasures. She mentioned that ALD is a great place but she really recommends students get involved with any organization around campus.

ALD sends out invitations to Freshman students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher after their first semester. Despite having Greek letters for a name, they are not related to the fraternity and sorority system. The society does community service projects, and Baer is personally responsible for starting a tradition of ALD members bringing gifts to people in the hospital over holidays.

During Baer’s time as president, ALD had two students qualify for national scholarships through the organization. Their chapter also won the Order of the Torch, which is an annual award given out by the national Alpha Lambda Delta organization.

Her advice to incoming engineering students is, “It’s going to get harder but it also gets more interesting.” She remembers getting advice as a freshman and sophomore, each time people would tell her that this year would be her hardest.

Outside of campus organizations, Baer volunteers once a week in the emergency room of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Last year she participated in Breaksaway through the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement. Breaksaway is an alternative Spring Break trip that takes 12-16 students on a trip to do volunteer work around the country. Baer went to San Francisco and spent a week volunteering in partnership with Glide, an inner city organization dedicated to serving the large homeless population in the city.

Baer stepped out of her comfort zone during her freshman year to join ALD. Now, after being a member for two years, many of her friends have come from her involvement in the organization and she sees joining as one of the best decisions she has made in college. She encourages students to “pick an organization and go for it.”