Karen '12 and Chase '10 '15

Chase and Karen first met during their freshmen year at the 2006 NewStart Summer Program. While visiting the Native American Student Affairs center, the two were introduced by Amanda Tachine who was the director of the center. Chase is White Mountain Apache from Whiteriver, Ariz., and Karen is Navajo from Ganado, Ariz.

During the Fall 2006 semester, Chase and Karen shared a class together, where they were randomly selected as partners for a project. This required both of them to spend more time together. As a result, a relationship was sparked.

Chase and Karen were married in June of 2010 and have a 5-year-old daughter named Kaydence, who hopes to be a future Wildcat – “just like Mom and Dad.” Chase is currently a 2L law student at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law, as well as a law clerk at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Karen works at the Southwest Center for Law and Policy in downtown Tucson. They both love Tucson and of course, they LOVE the UofA!

- Karen '12 and Chase Velasquez '10 '15