Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
Southeast is a very good regional university which is an incredible value for students. Having been a faculty member for 34 years, I know that students who are talented and hardworking can get an excellent education that will prepare them for a bright future. On the other hand, a student who takes the easy way out at every turn will end up with a mediocre education at best. In a large measure, it is up to the student to take advantage of the great education Semo offers.
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
The pandemic has caused hardships on students and their families.
Why do you give to Southeast?
I support KRCU as much as possible. They are seriously understaffed but carry on to provide Southeast Missouri with a very valuable resource. I also support Study Abroad (although that is on pause for now) because very few Southeast students can afford to study abroad without help, and study abroad is an educational enhancement that cannot be acquired in Cape Girardeau.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
It is a good mechanism for record keeping and essential for fund raising. Establishing a scholarship is a fitting tribute to faculty and staff who have died or for other commemorations. (In a related issue, sometimes the purpose of the scholarship is no longer applicable to the institution’s curriculum. What will happen scholarships for study in Germany when German is discontinued?)
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
I have taught many students who have studied abroad. There is no equal to this experience.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
Southeast is a worthy institution which deserves financial help from community members who can help. (Unfortunately, in these times of pandemic there are many other organizations deserving of support too.)
Are you a Southeast alumnus?