Lauree Miller '88, loved her time as a UW-Whitewater student-athlete. She was part of successful basketball and track teams and made some great friends, but she had no idea what an important and enduring role the campus would play in her career.
"I don't think I envisioned this for myself when I went to school here," said Miller, who manages the day-to-day operations of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Office. "But UW-Whitewater ended up being a huge part of my life." Miller had a short initial stint working on campus after a few years after graduation, but she left to be at home with her children. She returned in 1999 and over the years assumed greater responsibilities with the foundation.
Miller said much of her work is in the background of the office, but she loves seeing alumni re-engage with the university. She said people go through phases in life, but there's usually a time when alumni are ready and able to reconnect with campus. "One of the fun things about this job is just seeing and hearing everything about the success of not only our current students and professors, but what our alumni are doing, where they are in the world and what got them there," Miller said. "I know that happens on a lot of campuses, but there's something about UW-Whitewater that's pretty special."
Miller is married to Jeff Miller, UW-Whitewater's head cross-country coach. They have three adult children: Drew graduated from UW-Madison in 2013; Devin graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2011, and Dawson will earn his undergraduate degree from UW-Whitewater in 2015. Miller said she enjoys coming to work every day. "There's that old saying," she says. "Do what you love."
Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190