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.

What inspires you to give to MWU?

Erik P. Carroll, M.P.M., B.S.T.M., ITIL
Director of Information Technology Services
Downers Grove, IL / Glendale, AZ
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Aillen Carmack-Carroll
Administrative Coordinator
Institute for Healthcare Innovation-Arizona
Glendale, AZ

We have always felt tremendous pride in the look and feel of Midwestern University's campuses and are devoted to building upon and preserving their beauty for generations to come. When we decided to dedicate a bench in honor of our daughter, a recent graduate of the Speech-Language Pathology Program on the Glendale Campus, we had a greater purpose in mind. Not only would the bench serve as a quiet place to reflect or relax, it was also a unique way for us to express our connection to a campus that feels like home and a community that is part of our extended family. The process for signing up for payroll deduction using the MWU Proud enrollment form was simple and quick. We enjoyed working with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to determine the placement of our bench, the design, and the incorporation of an inspirational quote: "Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know." We both believe the University's leadership has long understood the importance of thriving and vibrant campuses that make a good impression, instill pride, and create unity. Through our giving, we hope to create an environment that will be welcoming to our prospective students and visitors, comforting to our current students, faculty, and staff, and inviting to our alumni when they return to campus.  

Susan Cornell, B.S., Pharm.D., CDE, FAPhA, FAADE
Associate Director of Experiential Education
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Downers Grove, IL

I have had the privilege of serving at Midwestern University for over 20 years, originally as a part-time employee while also working as a community pharmacist, and then as a full-time member of the Chicago College of Pharmacy faculty for the past 15 years.  I am also a proud alumna of Midwestern, graduating with my Pharm.D. in 2002. One of the many reasons that motivate me to give back is Midwestern's dedication to each of our students' education.  It is something that I experienced firsthand as a student, and it is something that makes us unique.  At Midwestern, our students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty members and others in the area in which they are studying.  To me, this opportunity is both beneficial to our students and our faculty.  I want to continue to help make those opportunities and others like them possible for our students. We should all think about how we can give back.  Some of us can give financially while others can give their time and their talents. Part of my role is to help inspire the next generation of pharmacists so that they can grow the profession.  Giving back to the University is part of how I can accomplish that goal.

Barbara L. McCloud, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Downers Grove, IL / Glendale, AZ

I firmly believe that the success of my career can be attributed to the myriad of opportunities my education has afforded me. I have a deep sense of gratitude toward the institutions of higher learning from which I received my professional degrees for not only preparing me for employment, but also for supporting my educational endeavors with scholarship opportunities each step of the way.  I come from a family where education is deeply valued.  My grandmother taught in a one-room schoolhouse, and my father went to college on the G.I. Bill created on behalf of veterans of World War II. A mature and dedicated student, my father was service oriented, actively volunteering for his University. These are values that have trickled down to me as well. As the recipient of scholarships allowing me to attend Northern Arizona University as an undergraduate student, I did not take my education for granted. I worked with the University's donor relations team to thank donors for their contributions. As I moved on to earn my  M.B.A. degree from the University of Kansas, I continued to work in call centers, writing thank you notes and making thank you calls to donors to share personally how scholarships were helpful to me in fulfilling my academic goals. Upon the completion of my M.B.A., I became the Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Northern Arizona University, during which time my commitment to higher education became stronger. However, it was during my subsequent days in law school at the University of Kansas and later working as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas where I represented the University of Kansas and its Academic Medical Center, that I gained a true appreciation for the complexities and value of higher education. I was first introduced to Midwestern University after joining the law firm Snell & Wilmer in 2003. After starting my own law firm in 2012, my relationship with Midwestern University deepened as my involvement with University-related affairs increased. Through many encounters with leadership at the University, it was evident that Midwestern is an institution dedicated to improving the lives of others. These encounters inspired me to also discover a way to recognize the generosity that has propelled my career. As a result, I enrolled in payroll deduction toward establishing a named, endowed scholarship for the students of Midwestern University. Throughout my academic life, I have had the good fortune of being on the receiving end of scholarships. Participating in the MWU Proud campaign allows me to create a scholarship in perpetuity, thereby ensuring those same opportunities will be available for students pursuing their career goals and dreams.

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