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July 31, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University alumna Kathy (Carlson) Stracuzzi has provided a deferred gift of $100,000 to benefit the University’s music and accounting programs.
“I look forward to giving back to the University, and I am thankful for my ability to financially assist the students,” Stracuzzi said. “I feel that today it is as important as ever to get a college education considering the difficulties of entering the job market.”
As a Northwest student, Stracuzzi played the clarinet in the Bearcat Marching Band and concert band. She developed a strong connection to Northwest through her involvement in the music programs and business courses before graduating in 1982 from the University with a degree in accounting.
“I wasn’t challenged academically in high school, but at Northwest that was not the case,” Stracuzzi said. “I accepted the challenges of the difficult course load and put in the effort to be successful academically.”
Stracuzzi says her business machines course was among those that helped her prepare for her first job after college. It focused on skills needed to operate various calculators, and Stracuzzi utilized those lessons at her first job with an accounting firm in Omaha.
“It is the small things sometimes that can make a huge difference in business and life,” Stracuzzi said. “Northwest taught me to have confidence in myself and my abilities to be successful in my career and life in general.”
Today, Stracuzzi resides in Florida, where she and her husband, Charles, moved after his retirement in 2001. Stracuzzi works as an accountant for the city of Port St. Lucie, and her husband is actively involved with various charities. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in May.
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