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Gabby Muck stands ready to graduate from Northwest Friday morning among other members of the University's winter graduating class. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Gabby Muck stands ready to graduate from Northwest Friday morning among other members of the University's winter graduating class. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Dec. 14, 2018

Muck builds important skills, assists Northwest as Cat Caller


Gabby Muck graduated from Northwest Missouri State University Friday with her bachelor’s degree in marketing, but her mark on the University will last beyond her days on the campus. 

Northwest’s Board of Regents and the University’s Vice President of External Affairs, Dr. Lonelle Rathje, on Thursday recognized Muck for her work as a Cat Caller, raising more than $20,000 for Northwest this fall and joining just a handful of Cat Callers in the Northwest Foundation’s history to achieve that milestone in one semester. She secured an average of $275 in donations per hour during her calling shifts.

The Cat Callers are team of students, working within the Office of University Advancement at the Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni and Friends, who are charged with connecting with Northwest alumni, friends of the institution and parents of current students and encouraging them to consider giving to the Northwest Fund, an unrestricted account that supports the greatest needs of the University.

“Gabby is another example of one of our very talented students at Northwest,” Rathje said. “We have been excited to experience all of the great work she has done. She certainly has served as a great example for other students for what’s possible.”

Muck, an Omaha, Nebraska, native, worked as a Cat Caller during her final year as a Northwest student. She also was active in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority in addition to her participation in various other student organizations.

“Before I was a Cat Caller, I didn’t realize what the Northwest Fund did,” Muck said. “But raising that much money for so many different students and so many different programs is amazing because I’m helping students in the years to come.”

Muck said the piece she enjoyed most about being a Cat Caller was conversing with alumni, hearing about their experiences at Northwest and learning about ways the campus has evolved through the years. And she says the secret to her success may have been her positive approach.

“You just have to listen to them,” she said. “And always having a smile on your face is the best thing because they can tell on the call, even though they can’t see you face-to-face, that you’re smiling and having a good time.”

The experience also helped her become career ready and supplemented her coursework in the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business. She is interested in a career in event management.

“I’m able to sell myself in so many different ways, and I think it really gave me the ability to go into an interview and be confident,” Muck said. “I’m able to sell myself like I would sell Northwest.

Muck said she chose to attend Northwest because she felt at home on the campus and appreciated the welcoming atmosphere.

“I’m so sad to leave,” she said before participating in the University’s first commencement ceremony Friday morning. “Northwest has given me not only an education but friends for life and skills, especially being a Cat Caller. I’ve been able to do so many things with my life.”


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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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