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Northwest Missouri State University


Paul and Robin WilmesRobin and I live on the farm that has been in the Wilmes family for 95 years, and our roots run deep in the Maryville – and Northwest – community. It’s very easy to promote Northwest when you see outstanding young people receiving an exceptional education year after year. Before retiring and during my tenure at the U.S.D.A., as job openings became available I always looked to Northwest graduates to fill those vacancies. I was aware the quality of education that a Northwest graduate received would provide me with an excellent employee. Robin teaches in the Maryville School District and appreciates her Northwest education. Our daughter, Meredith, is a proud Bearcat who graduated in 2008 and lives and works in the Kansas City area. We have many opportunities to give back to the University and community, as Northwest has given so much to our family!

Paul Wilmes ’75 with his wife, Robin Lamb Wilmes ’75

Dave and Carole Gieseke"Northwest's student publications are very special to us. We met our freshman year working for the Northwest Missourian, and we later worked together on the Tower yearbook. As a freshman, Dave had received one of Opal Eckert's scholarships, and that was a big deal. We know it's hard for students to pay for college today, so we'd like to help. Taking out a life insurance policy when we were young was the best way for us to make a substantial gift to Northwest. We are proud to be leaving a lasting legacy to the place that shaped our lives so much."

Dave '80, '85 and Carole Patterson '80 Gieseke
Ames, Iowa

Kay ThomasGiving to Northwest was an easy decision for me. The University provided me with not only a great education but lifelong friends. I want future students to continue to have the opportunity to experience the same benefits/rewards I did. Personal donations are more important than ever to help Northwest address the State budget cuts handed down to Higher Education.  My donations are mostly "unrestricted" allowing Northwest to channel the funds where they are needed the most. When you consider throughout the year and especially at year-end, the institutions and programs you choose to support, I hope Northwest is at the top of your list.

Kay Thomas '71
Kansas City