Sharing the story of the gift is sometimes just as powerful as the gift.
We certainly appreciate those who support Southeast students. Their gifts make a significant difference in the lives of others. But we also appreciate when they are willing to share what can sometimes be the deeply personal story of what called them to make that gift.
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
Southeast gave me a great undergraduate education. I have fond memories of being a student and an athlete.
Why is it important to support students?
It is easy for me to relate to needing money during this time in my life. I hope students can find support to avoid unnecessary loans and to graduate as debt-free as possible. Covid has hit small business hard, I hope my support provides some relief.
Why do you give to Southeast?
I give partly to say thank-you for everything I received at Southeast. Great teachers and coaches; great teammates and friends; an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.....and my ability to give back now to someone who can use support.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
The foundation is an important connection between the ‘been-there, done that’ of the alums and the ‘trying to know, not always sure’ of the present. It is the conduit for the past culture to affect and reflect upon the present through financial, social, and modeling support.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
I have been able to attend events on campus, entertain a team at my home, and attend competitive events and fundraising events that included interaction with students.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
Giving is a matter of personal preference, but Southeast does provide excellent opportunity for the aspiring undergraduate, and thus, provides a good return on generosity.
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
I played five sports at SEMO and received a great undergraduate education. I have maintained relationships with several teachers, teammates, friends, and coaches throughout my life. My education provided a backdrop for a career as a professional player; D1 college, USA, Olympic coaching career; and corporate CEO..thanks always SEMO!!
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?
At SEMO, I was supported through an academic scholarship, work-study, and teaching assistant duties that not only provided financial support, but also provided quality educational, social, and cultural experiences.
Your Gift Makes a Difference!
You choose where your passion is, and we’ll help you make a difference for Southeast students in that area. Whether you’re supporting students through endowed scholarships, donating to the Redhawk Food Pantry, providing funds to Kent Library to enhance student research, supporting students with experiential learning opportunities, or giving to the University Fund to support the immediate area of greatest need, you make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!