Kari Jo (Pridgin) Tedford '05
As a student at Ozarks, Kari Jo (Pridgin) Tedford worked in the University's Advancement Office, where she saw first-hand the importance that financial support from friends and alumni had on current students. Now, as a media specialist for the Ozark (Ark.) School District, she makes it a point to support her alma mater. "When I worked in the Advancement Office I saw every day the difference that was made when our alumni supported Ozarks," she said. "I realized that it wasn't the size of the gift that mattered, but rather the commitment to help students. When we support our alma mater, we're telling people that we're proud of our university and the education we received."