Kacie Miller, a West Virginia University Foundation phon-a-thon student caller, has exceeded $100,000 in pledged contributionsan accomplishment achieved by only seven other student callers in the history of the Foundations Mountaineer Line program.
Established in 1999, Mountaineer Line employs students who call alumni and friends to solicit private support for WVU .Its a component of The University Fund, the Foundations annual giving program.
Miller, of Wheeling, began working for the WVU Foundation three years ago after her older brother Kevin finished his distinguished calling career with the Foundation. Kevin holds the record for total dollars pledged among student callersover $320,000 in four years.
Not to be outdone, Kacie has beenCaller of the Monthand rankedBest Overall Callerduring her time with the Foundation. She also was promoted to pledge manager, and she is one of only two student workers who call on the Foundation Partnersthose who contribute $1,000 or more a year. Kacie also has a remarkable pledge rate of 70 percent, meaning that almost three-fourths of the people she calls give in some form to the University.
Its rare that a student reaches this level of achievement,said Kristen Larrick, who oversees the Mountaineer Line program.The hard work that Kacie has shown throughout her years here is truly an inspiration to her co-workers. Her positive personality is infectious to everyone she talks to.
Miller recently completed her bachelors degree in public relations and a business minor. She will intern in the human resources area for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Vermont this summer. Miller plans to return to WVU in the fall to begin work on her masters degree in industrial relations and human resources, while holding a graduateship with the WVU Office of Residential Education.
I love this University, and I want to see it continue to flourish,Miller said.If just one of my phone calls can help make that happen, then Ive done my job.