How Will You Be Remembered?
You may have noticed that many of the buildings and landmarks on campus are named for significant members of the Missouri Western community. The Craig School of Business and Craig Field inside Spratt Memorial Stadium, Remington Hall, the Fulkerson Center and Spratt Memorial Stadium are just some of the spaces that have been named after generous donors to Missouri Western.
Benefactor Steven L. Craig pledged the largest gift in the Missouri Western's history, $5.5 million, in 2008 to establish the Steven L. Craig School of Business. Craig not only committed the funding, he has continued to work closely with the School of Business's franchise program and the alumni who are a part of it.
When Craig pledged the gift, which is now worth almost $8 million, he noted that, although he is a graduate of the University of Southern California, he wanted to give a gift to a university where it would make a great difference. In 2015, he pledged an additional $1.1 million to help build the video scoreboard in Spratt Memorial Stadium, and that gift is the largest individual gift in Athletics' history. That same year, Craig Field was named in his honor because of his continuous support and commitment to the university.
Remington Hall was named after Wes and Patsy '79 Remington by the Board of Governors to honor their gift of $5 million in 2007. The gift, at the time the largest gift in Missouri Western's history, was given to help build the new science and math facility.
Kim Weddle '00, director of development, noted that donors may choose to name a building or space after themselves, but often they may choose a name to honor someone else. On campus, for example, the Rochambeau Room in the Fulkerson Center was named in memory of the parents of Richard Rochambeau. Missouri Western also has memorial benches around campus that have been donated in memory of someone. Most recently, donors were given the opportunity to purchase bricks for the Victory Plaza near the renovated stadium. Many bought a brick in honor or in memory of someone.
"Naming something in honor or in memory of someone is an excellent way to recognize a person, and many donors choose this option when they have a naming opportunity," Kim says. Many scholarships are also named in memory of someone close to the donors, she adds.
Now Is the Time!
Explore your opportunity to create a legacy and have your name be a part of Missouri Western State University! For more information, contact Kim Weddle at 816-271-5648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.