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Student caller becomes one of Mountaineer Line's 'Elite 8'

on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 08:00

Kacie Miller, a WVU Foundation phon-a-thon student caller, has exceeded $100,000 in pledged contributions -- an accomplishment achieved by only seven other student callers in the history of the Mountaineer Line program.

Established in 1999, the program employs students who call alumni and friends to solicit support for WVU. It's a component of The University Fund, the Foundation's annual giving program.

Miller, of Wheeling, began working for the WVU Foundation after her older brother Kevin finished his distinguished calling career with the Foundation. Kevin holds the record for total dollars pledged among student callers: over $320,000 in four years. Not to be outdone, Kacie has been "Caller of the Month" and ranked "Best Overall Caller" during her three years with the Foundation. She also was promoted to pledge manager, and is one of only two student workers who call on the Foundation Partners - those who contribute $1,000 or more a year. Kacie also has a remarkable pledge rate of 70%, meaning that almost three-fourths of the people she calls give in some form to the University.

"It's 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 graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in public relations and a business minor. This summer she will intern in the human resources area for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Vermont. This fall, Miller will return to WVU to begin work on her master's 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 I've done my job."