Kim Treat is Central States Recruiting Administrator for YTI. She resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her husband, Todd.
Tell us a little bit about yourself—background, family, hobbies, etc.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I am the oldest of 4 children. As a child, I loved the outdoors and spent most of my time playing with friends outside—basketball, softball, running track, swimming at the local pool, or riding bikes to the library for books to bring home to read under our big shade trees. We moved around a lot when I was young, but Broken Arrow eventually became our home. I loved music and learned how to play the piano, and when I hit 6th grade I signed up for band class. I learned to play the clarinet and twirl a baton, which led to high school marching band, the Pride of Broken Arrow. That was an amazing experience of hard work and fun!
While working at Mazzio’s Pizza during high school, I met my future husband, Todd, who played the French horn. After earning a B. S. in Education from the University of Oklahoma, I moved back to Broken Arrow where Todd and I were married. Soon after, I began my teaching career. Todd and I have been married for 30 years. We have one son, Chris, who will be graduating from Northeastern State University in December.
After 29 years of teaching, I decided it was time to retire this past May, and I am now on a new adventure with YTI!
In my free time, I enjoy reading historical fiction and scrapbooking. But what I really enjoy most is spending time with my family doing all of the following: sitting on the beach listening to the waves, going to the movies (we are huge Harry Potter, Marvel, and Star Wars fans!), traveling, cheering on my Sooners, attending band competitions to cheer on the Pride, and volunteering with the Pride of Broken Arrow.
Describe some of your responsibilities as YTI’s Central States Recruiting Coordinator.
As the Central States Recruiting Administrator, I am responsible for the recruiting efforts in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. I spend a lot of time researching the colleges and universities specifically looking for liberal arts and humanities programs, as well as for studies in philosophy and religion. I also look to see if they have student ministries on campus. I research the churches in the area to find out who has a program for their college students. When my research is complete, I begin making contact with the schools, student ministries, and churches to let them know about YTI by sending information to them through the mail and hopefully coordinating a visit to their school or ministry. I am responsible for planning and setting up visits for Dr. Smith or the YTI faculty to those schools and ministries that are interested. I also generate and maintain contact information and mailing lists for our recruitment. My favorite part so far is traveling to all of these beautiful schools and churches to meet the people I have been in contact with and sharing our vision of YTI!
What do you appreciate about the YTI vision?
As a career educator, I have experienced firsthand not only the changes in our culture over time but also the effects of those changes in the classroom. As educators, we must continuously learn new methods of teaching to keep up with these changes so that we engage and include all students from every walk of life. This continues to be a challenge not only in the classroom but in our world, and I appreciate YTI’s vision of engaged learning and believe it is on the cutting edge. YTI understands the importance of a solid foundation in curriculum; therefore, the class sizes are kept small. This allows students to have a more one-on-one interaction not only with their instructor, but also with their classmates. This creates more of an engaging atmosphere by allowing “Socratic style” dialogue and discussion. Students are pushed to not only be creative but also to be critical thinkers, which are two very important qualities for today’s culture. It’s exciting that students will be doing a practicum and be matched up with a mentor. It will give them a chance to use their creative and critical thinking skills in a meaningful way with the people in the community before being sent out on their own. Lastly, I appreciate the “out of the box” thinking of YTI. I can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that we love, connect, and minister to our community through the arts and adventure. There are so many possibilities!
Why might someone in a different part of the country want to consider relocating to Bozeman to attend YTI?
If receiving an excellent, low cost education with amazing faculty and small class sizes at YTI isn’t enough reason to relocate to Bozeman, then the adventurous possibilities that await you should be! Bozeman is a college town that sits in a spacious valley surrounded by four mountain ranges. One of my favorite parts is the charming downtown area with its quaint shops and restaurants that you can simply walk or ride a bike to. Bozeman also has several museums, a number of art and music festivals, as well as Montana State University with all of its cultural atmosphere. The outdoor activities that are available in the area are endless!! In a short amount of time you can find yourself in the mountains hiking, climbing, or skiing depending on the time of year. You can also go fly fishing or whitewater kayaking in the nearby rivers. If you want to take a road trip, you will find yourself exploring ghost towns, hunting for sapphires, or admiring the simple wonder, beauty, and wildlife of the Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, and of course Yellowstone National Park. This is just a short list of considerations for relocating to Bozeman!