Pittsburg State University announced this week that the honorary family for this year's Family Day on Sept. 24 is the Scott and Christie Miller family of Emporia, Kan. The Millers were nominated by their daughter Kylie, a senior nursing major at PSU.
"Kylie wrote a great nomination letter describing the support she has gotten from her parents and sisters," said David Hogard, Career Services assistant director for employer relations and chairman of the Family Day committee.
Hogard said selecting just one honorary family each year is difficult.
"There are many deserving families," Hogard said. "The honorary family represents the many families whose love and support is so important to our students and their success. We salute them all."
In her letter, Kylie wrote that she has enjoyed her parents' support and encouragement throughout an active and involved high school career and in her four years at Pittsburg State.
"My father and mother have continuously acknowledged our achievements with praise and have emotionally shared how proud they are of each one of us girls," Kylie wrote. "In 2007, I lost my best friend and boyfriend of three years in a terrible hunting accident. Through his death, I was able to grow closer to my family through their tears, support, love, and prayers. I wouldn't have the characteristics of care, empathy, desire, listening, faith, and love without my parents and sisters. Together with God, they have molded me to be proud of the person I have grown to become."
Kylie wrote that her parents taught her the value of a college education and have encouraged her involvement at PSU. That involvement has included membership in the Lambda Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies and the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She is a member of Gorillas in Your Midst peer health education group and Campus Christians and is an officer in both the Nursing Christian Fellowship and the 2012 Nursing Class. She is a member of the PSU Student Ambassadors and served for two years as a resident assistant in campus housing.
Kylie wrote that her parents visit the campus frequently and attend most of the home football games. Her sister Jourdan has joined Kylie on campus and is a business major. Another sister, Megan, is 15 and a student at Emporia High School.
The Millers will be honored at this weekend's Family Day activities, including the football game at 7 p.m. on Saturday vs. William Jewell.
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