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Northwest Missouri State University

Loch-O'Rourke Family Center

From the March 2003 Northwest Alumni Magazine:

Bill (attd. '69-'72) and Jessica O'Rourke '72 Loch have joined the gift-giving Northwest family. The word "family" is appropriate to use because the Lochs have bestowed a major gift to The Campaign for Northwest. ...

"The announcement of our gift is very special for our family," Jessica said. "We felt the time was appropriate to honor our parents with our appreciation and respect. They are our greatest supporters."

"We feel very positive about our gift, and all of our children have been supportive in our actions, realizing the gift is being made for the right reasons," Bill said. "Unified family support makes the gifting agreement that more meaningful."

Both acknowledge Northwest has had a positive impact on their lives.

"Northwest impacts us on a daily basis and has improved our quality of life," Jessica said. "It is amazing when you think about all that the University does for students, graduates and the surrounding communities, providing cultural, educational and athletic opportunities."

When asked what advice he would give to anyone contemplating a gift agreement like the Lochs have participated in, Bill said, "It is extremely important to feel positive about why you are making the gift, trust the people you are giving to, listen to all concerns of your immediate family and have unified support."

Bill said his involvement in the gift process with the University was handled very professionally, and anyone contemplating a gift with the Alumni Association or the Northwest Foundation should realize it will be handled in privacy and in a first-class manner.

"I hope people who visit … will think of their parents and family and the significance they had on that person's life or college experience," Bill said. "It is our intention, even though it will carry our respective parents' names, that it will be a way to honor all families and parents."