Supporting Our Midwestern University Family

The "We're MWU Proud" Campaign

What is the "we're mwu proud" campaign?

The "We're MWU Proud" Campaign provides a special opportunity for the University's faculty and staff members to make gifts to programs or projects on the campus of their choice.

Who inspires me to give?

Jacob Gettig, Pharm.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., BCPS, CHCP 
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education,
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Downers Grove, IL  

After I completed my post-graduate residency program, I started my academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) in 2003. During my interview, I felt the collegiality of the faculty and learned about the many opportunities for professional development. These were a couple of the primary reasons I accepted that faculty position here a little over 14 years ago. I can still confidently say, without question, that my colleagues' passion for teaching, scholarship and service and the college's and university's leaders' dedication to my professional growth continue to make me very proud to be a part of this fantastic institution. I continue to see the positive reputation of CCP's program grow through the accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty. I am inspired to give back to the CCP and Midwestern University to help our reputation continue to grow and to say thank you to a workplace that has provided me so many opportunities to develop and advance my own academic pharmacy career.  

Karen D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Vice President, University Relations 
Downers Grove, IL | Glendale, AZ

When I was a kid, my dad was the treasurer of our church. Every Sunday, after the offering plates were passed, I helped him sort through the gifts and record them in the donation book. I will always remember thinking, "Wow! This is so much money. Why are people giving their money to the church?" My dad calmly explained the concept of tithing, and how important it was to give back to the church, so our congregation could help people in need.   

My mom also lived her life in service to others. Another of my childhood memories is going with my mom when she visited patients at our local nursing home. My mom would stop at the office and find out who had not yet gotten a visitor that week; those were the people we would visit. My job was usually to draw them a picture, while my mom talked with them about their day. Bringing a little bit of joy to people in need was my mom's way of giving back to our community.   

Like most of us, we learn valuable lessons from our parents. I know I have lived a very fortunate life, with a great family, a wonderful education, and now a meaningful career. I feel blessed to work for an organization that is training future healthcare professionals. We are lucky to have such amazing students, many dedicated colleagues, and countless loyal alumni. I am so proud of the mission of Midwestern University and the achievements of our entire academic family. Giving back to support this work fits in with the lessons my parents taught me from a young age. I know my gifts are an investment in the next generation of healthcare providers who will care for me, my family, and our society for many years to come.   

Every gift makes a difference. Back at my childhood church, we had families who wrote a big check every week, and others who contributed the loose change from their pockets. My dad and I counted each of them together and made one deposit from the entire congregation. My mom and I gave our time and our talents to people who just needed someone to care about them. These same values are apparent at Midwestern University every day-in our classrooms, in our clinics, and in our campus offices. Together, we are all giving back to help our students and our patients. It's very humbling to be able to do my small part in changing lives.    

Marian P. O'Brien, M.S.
Director, Accreditation and Support Services
Downers Grove, IL  

My late husband and I agreed that giving back represented the highest form of adulting. Our annual income tax planning always included a list of donations to our alma maters and charities whose good works we wanted to support. Our first donation to Midwestern University was in 1997 for a memorial bench located in the Quad.   Choosing Midwestern as our primary beneficiary was easy: the University has been our family. Unlike any other employer or college I have known, Midwestern takes care of its own. Throughout my 26 years of employment, I have seen Midwestern's administrators, faculty, staff, and students always supporting, encouraging, and rewarding the efforts of their family members. It seems only fair that as one of the family, I give something back to pay it forward so that others can experience the closeness of this community and be afforded the same opportunities to achieve their full potential.            

Karen Owens M.B.A.

Assistant Director, Student Financial Services
Glendale, AZ 

Karen's life was touched by Midwestern University from the moment she began working in Student Financial Services in 2008. It was shortly after her mother was put in Hospice care that her father had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery. Thereafter it seemed as if all the doctor's offices and healthcare facilities they frequented together had a student or alumni from Midwestern University, and they were always offering kind words of encouragement and support through their journey to his recovery. Midwestern University was the first time in Karen's career where she wanted to have a stronger connection, something other than a typical employer/employee relationship. This feeling deepened each year, as she experienced firsthand the honest care that exists for faculty, staff, students, patients, and the community at large, which she attributes greatly to our engaged and compassionate leadership.  When Karen lost her Chihuahua, Rizzo, a beloved service animal she had for 15 years, it was a thoughtful and comforting gesture from Dr. Goeppinger that helped her most and resonated so deeply. Karen believes giving back to the University is a way to express her gratitude towards Midwestern and her appreciation for the gift of having such a meaningful work experience. 

Shawn Tennant, Pharm.D., M.B.A., CFP®
Assistant Dean, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Glendale, AZ

Continuously inspired by our amazing students and dedicated leadership, I feel it is important to support efforts that will have a lasting impact on future generations of students and the community which we serve. Just as faculty impact students, our students reward us with a sense of accomplishment and achievement enriching our personal and professional growth every day. At Midwestern University, not only do I benefit from working amongst the best and brightest colleagues and students in Pharmacy, but I also have the privilege of interacting with an immensely talented interprofessional healthcare team. In giving back to Midwestern University, I want our students to recognize the uniquely wonderful gift they have been given in being surrounded by faculty, staff, and friends who all want them to realize their full potential. 

Why do people give to mwu proud?

Faculty and staff members tell us they give for the following reasons:

How do I participate?

Faculty and staff are able to give conveniently through payroll deduction, through our online giving page, by personal check, or credit card. Gifts of any size are appreciated.

What other gift opportunities can I consider?

Faculty and staff also can make gifts through a spouse or partner's employee matching gift program, through estate gifts, or through gifts of appreciated securities. We will be glad to assist you.

How do I make a gift in memory or in honor of someone special? 

We welcome the opportunity to assist you in making a gift in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, or colleague. The Downers Grove and Glendale Campuses offer gift opportunities that can be commemorated with a bench, tree, or plaque. 

How do I make my gift to the "we're mwu proud" campaign?

Print out and complete the following gift forms or click on the make a gift online link below to make your gift online.

How will my gift be acknowledged?

You will receive a formal letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes and a letter of appreciation from Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer.


Staci A. Glass
Director of Institutional Advancement