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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 21, 2013

Northwest receives $1.25 million gift to impact students, faculty, learning environment

Northwest Missouri State University announced today that an alumna of the institution has bequeathed a portion of her estate to the University. Northwest, to date, has received $1.25 million. The funds will be used to directly impact students and faculty as well as enhance the learning environment.

“This significant gift, which we are so grateful to receive, is transformative in nature, and we wanted to ensure it directly impacted students and faculty,” said Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski. “Gifts such as this – unrestricted in nature – celebrate legacies and change the learning landscape for the better. This is a beautiful testament to a life dedicated to students and giving back to Northwest – role model behavior on so many levels.”

The donor, who requested anonymity and recently passed away, was a student advocate and former member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors.

Of the $1.25 million, a portion will be used to increase a previously established endowment for scholarships and will begin being awarded to Northwest students during the 2014-15 academic year.

In addition, Northwest is improving its learning environment throughout various academic buildings with part of the gift. This includes an array of enhancements in classrooms, labs and faculty offices. These improvements will occur throughout the academic year.

The gift also provides support to Northwest’s new Teaching and Learning Center. This University innovation will develop teaching excellence and enhance student learning. The center promotes excellence in student learning through augmented tutoring and mentoring services as well as faculty excellence through professional development. Programming ultimately focuses on increased student retention and helping students progress seamlessly to graduation.

“The timing of this gift couldn’t be better and will be a welcome enhancement to the learning environment,” said Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham. “Our students will benefit from this gift as the Teaching and Learning Center nurtures transformative learning, actively promotes excellence in teaching and challenges members of the learning community to continuously expand their capacity for professional achievement.”

For more information about giving opportunities, contact Northwest’s Office of University Advancement at or 660.562.1248.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468