Donor Honor Roll 2019-20

Each year, Nebraska Wesleyan University alumni and friends like you make the signature NWU experience possible. Contributions across the university—from athletic teams to endowed professorships and student scholarships to capital construction—add up to make Nebraska Wesleyan an outstanding liberal arts community.

Your gifts make an impact. Whether you focus on the area of campus life most important to you or support initiatives across the university, you shape who we are today and who we will be in the future.

The Cook family’s contributions to Nebraska Wesleyan exemplify their commitment to every aspect of the NWU experience. Since Kevin (’86) and Julie (’88) graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan, they have given back to the place that brought them together and gave them the foundation of knowledge and skills to be successful.

Athletics plays a prominent role in the Cook family’s story: Kevin was a four-year starter on the men’s basketball team, and Julie played women’s volleyball. Their oldest daughter, Chelsea, played NCAA-I volleyball at Duke University. Their two younger children, Courtney (’16) and Cooper (’19), followed Kevin’s footsteps to starting spots for NWU basketball. Seeing the fruits of their investment through Courtney and Cooper’s experiences, Kevin and Julie continue to make a difference in the present and future of Nebraska Wesleyan.


 
 
—1986
Kevin makes a senior class gift
 

—1988
Julie makes a senior class gift
 

—1992
Kevin and Julie make their first alumni gift to the Archway Fund. Kevin, Julie, Courtney and Cooper are among the 2,273 alumni who made a gift to Nebraska Wesleyan in 2019-2020
—1993
Kevin and Julie begin their financial support of NWU athletics as members of the ‘W’ Club and continue their annual giving to the Archway Fund
—1996
Kevin and Julie make their first gift to the Baird Kurtz and Dobson Scholarship, named for Kevin’s employer

—1999
Kevin is inducted into the NWU Athletic Hall of Fame
—2001
Kevin and Julie join the Presidents Society, a group of Nebraska Wesleyan’s most generous donors

—2004
Kevin’s 1984-85 men’s basketball Final Four team is inducted into the NWU Athletic Hall of Fame
—2012
Kevin and Julie become NWU parents
—2013
Kevin and Julie contribute to the construction of Bostwick Park, a tailgate area outside of Abel Stadium named in memory of Scott L. Bostwick (’84)
—2018
Kevin and Julie give to the Jerry L. '67 and Jane '68 Schmutte Basketball Coaching Fund through the Bold Designs campaign.

NWU men’s basketball wins the NCAA III national championship. Cooper is named the tournament MVP and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. He and Kevin are the second father-son duo to be named first-team All-Americans in the same sport at the same school.
—2019
Chelsea makes a gift to support her brother’s team fundraiser. Like Chelsea, many friends of Nebraska Wesleyan give to support or honor their loved ones
—2019
Cooper makes a gift on campus along with other students, faculty and staff as part of Giving Day
—2020
Kevin and Julie are inducted into the Huntington Society to honor their lifetime of giving