MSSU Article About Alane Nutz
Joplin Woman Overcomes Adversity
Alane Nutz of Joplin is an extraordinary, accomplished
woman who has overcome an amazing number of obstacles to be where she is today, Having married and had her first child as
a teenager, she eventually became a single mother and worked as a waitress to support her four children, Landon, Tristan,
Heather and Lauren.
But her life took a turn one day when she gave her sister-in-law
a ride to take the ACT test at Missouri Southern State University. On a whim. decided to take the test herself. She earned
a high score and received a scholarship to attend MSSU. Nutz was motivated to become a pre-medical major by the desire to
have a better understanding of her daughter Heather, who has Down Syndrome. She managed to earn her bachelor's degree in
five years, despite having faced health and family problems during that time.
She graduated in 1998 with a 3.89 grade point
average on a 4.0 scale and was named most outstanding biology graduate by the faculty. She had intended to apply to medical
school, but that changed when her daughter with Down Syndrome faced problems at school. With the system working against
her, Nutz says that she was unable to help her daughter.
Instead of giving up, however, she fought back
and decided to attend law school. She was accepted at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where her studies focused
on special education and bankruptcy law. Nutz received her law degree last year and recently learned that she has earned
the distinction of passing the bar exam.
Her many years of dedication and hard work will have paid off .
She plans to practice family and bankruptcy law and dreams of opening her own practice some day. Nutz credits her advisor
and professors for giving her much needed encouragement as she attended school.
She says, however, that without her mother
and children, making it to this point "wouldn't be possible." They made sacrifices and gave her a tremendous amount
of help at home in order for her to accomplish her goals. Missouri Southern News Bureau www.mssu.edu/pages/news/nutz.htm