Alpha Tau Omega
University of New Mexico
“You will find Kyle highly motivated, thoughtful, innovative, dedicated and kind,” one nominator wrote of Kyle Stepp, a recent alumnus of Alpha Tau Omega at University of New Mexico. “Despite almost epic life hurdles, Kyle not only perseveres but excels in everything he does.”
He grew up without his parents and was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in 2008, with a 20 percent chance of survival. It was during a summer at Camp Enchantment for kids who have or have had cancer that Kyle met a member of Alpha Tau Omega, who served as a counselor and later introduced Kyle to several other ATO brothers. “Even though I was a high school student, the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega went out of their way to support me during one of the hardest times of my life,” Kyle said. “Going into college, I wanted to be a part of something much bigger than myself and involved in an organization seeking to make our society a better place.”
And that’s exactly what Kyle did during his time at UNM. He served as a Founding Student Director for UNM LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center, where he organized and managed prevention efforts and educational programs about sexual violence, bullying, hazing, and hate bias. At the same time, he worked as a Miracle Family Coordinator for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals serving families of patients at UNM Children’s Hospital. Kyle also became involved with Camp Enchantment as Director of Development, served as UNM’s IFC President, held various roles within student government, volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, interned with the State of New Mexico Senate, and served as an officer for Alpha Tau Omega. It’s no surprise that before graduating, Kyle was named the Thomas Arkle Clarke Honoree for 2016, ATO’s top undergraduate recognition. He was also the first-ever undergraduate speaker to address his peers at commencement.
“It is without a doubt that Kyle has been one of the most influential students ever to be called a Lobo,” wrote one nominator. “His time at UNM will leave a positive impact that will be felt for years to come.” Upon graduation, Kyle accepted a position as a Leadership Consultant in ATO’s Growth Department, where he spent the last year inspiring young men to join new chapters of Alpha Tau Omega and helping develop the fraternity’s newest members.