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June 5, 2013
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Maryville Daily Forum: Donation contains career's worth of know-how
Two Northwest Missouri State University alumni donated original notes and materials to the Department of Behavioral Sciences to assist students with preparing for careers as school counselors.
Connie and Kent Miller, of Excelsior Springs, donated the items from Bright Ideas, a curriculum series they designed to help elementary counselors run better programs and provide help for children. The materials reflect Connie’s unique talents as a veteran art educator and school counselor.
Miller personally delivered 20 boxes of original materials to Northwest in April. Bright Ideas will be used to support school counselors in training at Northwest as they learn to implement strategies that help children be better learners.
“Connie’s and Kent’s generosity has been and continues to be remarkable,” said Dr. Shelly Hiatt, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. “Connie has been a consistent supporter of Northwest’s graduate program for years. As well as her donation of Bright Ideas, Connie has donated her time to speak with graduate classes throughout the years.”
The Millers both hold Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Northwest. Connie has degrees in art education and guidance and counseling, and Kent has degrees in history and library sciences.
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