It didn't take Katie Kuznacic long to fall for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus. When she was a high school student, she toured the university, met with a professor and immediately envisioned her future.
"I could see this was a place where I wouldn't just be a number, or another student," she said. "This was a place where I wanted to be." Kuznacic, who grew up in Baldwin, a small town in St. Croix County, cherishes her time as a Warhawk. She obtained a speech and public relations degree and today she enjoys using her skills to help people who also have a strong connection with campus. "A really special part of this job is developing relationships with people who have that shared UW-Whitewater experience," she said. "Whether they went to school here, taught here or have a friend or a family member who has a connection here, I think it's just really special to be part of that, and to help these people achieve their philanthropic goals."
Kuznacic loves hearing stories about campus from alumni. "Whether it's someone who was here in the 1940s or someone who just graduated, there's this common thread, of UW-Whitewater being this very special small-town university where people have close relationships with their professors and have these fond memories that I don't think every university can replicate," she said. "It's special to me because I feel like I have those same memories too." Kuznacic lives in Janesville with her husband Eric and their dog, Snickers, an Australian Kelpie mix.>
Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Whitewater, WI 53190