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WSU Foundation fundraising awards go to Kathy Coufal and Scott Miller

Bill Moore, right, a member of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors, with the 2015 recipients of the WSU Foundation Faculty/Staff Fundraising Award, Scott Miller and Kathy Coufal.
Bill Moore, right, a member of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors, with the 2015 recipients of the WSU Foundation Faculty/Staff Fundraising Award, Scott Miller and Kathy Coufal.

Wichita State University faculty members Kathy Coufal and Scott Miller are the 2015 recipients of the WSU Foundation Faculty/Staff Fundraising Award, which recognizes faculty or staff members who have played a significant role in cultivating and securing a major gift for WSU.

The award was established in 2012 by the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and is announced each year at the spring meeting of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council.

Coufal, chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in the College of Health Professions, was recognized for helping to secure a series of major gifts from the Wichita Scottish Rite Charitable Trust and the Kansas Scottish Rite Foundation. Those gifts benefit the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech Language Hearing Clinic, said Bill Moore, a WSU Foundation board member who chairs the committee that selects the award recipients.

“Kathy is adored by the staff at the Scottish Rite,” he told the NAC in announcing the award. “She works closely with the Foundation staff and is truly a partner in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding the representatives of the Scottish Rite.”

Miller is chair of the aerospace engineering department at Wichita State. He was recognized for helping to secure a major gift from Ihssane and Michelle Mounir, who live in the Seattle area. Miller and Ihssane Mounir have maintained a friendship ever since Miller was Mounir’s professor and mentor at Wichita State in the 1990s.

“Ihssane is a top executive with the Boeing Company and would be the first to say he owes much of it to WSU and Dr. Miller,” Moore said. “Each year, Dr. Miller shares pictures and student experiences with Ihssane, to remind him of his own student experiences.”

Moore said the relationships that Coufal and Miller have built with alumni and with the community illustrate the important role that faculty and staff can play in cultivating support for Wichita State.

Recipients of the Faculty/Staff Award receive $2,000 each to be used for professional purposes as well as a commemorative piece of glass art.