As the IT director at Briggs and Stratton, it is Sarah Alt's '99 job to successfully deliver information technology products to the enterprise. So it's ironic that when she came to MSOE she didn't even know what the internet was. "I didn't send my first email until I was in a lab my freshman year. At that time, my mom knew more about the internet than I did," she joked.
Alt originally pursued biomedical engineering at MSOE before switching to technical communication her junior year. "I got an exposure to engineering that I respect and use to this day, but I found a passion that worked for me," she noted. She loved being able to combine her academic obligations with outside interests like athletics and extracurricular activities.
In part, it was the rich environment of experiences that inspired her to support MSOE through planned giving. Although she and her husband Jamie are faithful contributors to the Annual Fund, they wanted to make a bigger impact. "I wanted to be deliberate about leaving something behind. Our annual gift didn't seem like enough, but we weren't in the position to increase our gift substantially. After talking with Scott Weaver, we decided a life insurance policy was the perfect vehicle. Now we're making a commitment that is impactful, and I feel like I'm leaving something behind."
It wasn't hard to talk her husband into the plan. "Jamie works at GE, which has longstanding ties to MSOE." He was excited about the GE Girls program, which partners with MSOE to expose young girls to STEM-related fields. "It wasn't just my decision, it was both of ours. Jamie sees MSOE actively partnering with companies and believes in MSOE's mission as much as I do because he sees it working."
Alt's involvement has not been limited to financial contributions. She served as chair of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and as president of the Alumni Association from 2009 to 2012, and helped in the restructuring of the alumni chapters nationwide during her tenure. She also serves on the technical communication advisory board and is involved with MSOE's Servant-Leadership program. Her planned gift means more than just staying connected. "When I came to MSOE, I made a commitment to benefit and serve my fellow students and to enhance the entire educational community. This gift strengthens that commitment."
For more information about including MSOE in your estate planning, contact Jonathan Kowalski, JD, director of planned giving, at (414) 277-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.