Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
I returned to SEMO in 1967 after four years in the military and a desire to reassume my college education I had abandoned in 1963. Though there were isolated protests of the war and service personnel, SEMO welcomed my return. I completed my degree and a rounding out of my knowledge base that prepared me for a successful career that would not have been possible without SEMO. Plus, I met my wife at SEMO!
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
I remember Dr. Mark Scully informing a small body of freshmen, in 1962, to look left, look right, next year they would not be attending SEMO. Today SEMO has a 49% graduation rate, students need to realize it requires work to achieve a college degree. College is not fun and games, if that is ones reason for attending, failure will be the result! Only through prior students who have experienced, the wrong way, can new students understand the need to act maturely, apply oneself and spend your loan money wisely.
Why do you give to Southeast?
Because I can. There is a student in need who can benefit by the small amount I am able to give. When I began in 1962 my R&B, off campus, was $50 per month. Tuition was less than $200 per semester. Today a student needs close to $18,000 a year! Someone has to help, even if the donation arrives after RHC.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
Donations are managed and allocated by a professional organization with the ultimate success of the student and the University in mind. A donor has access to the Foundation to receive investment advise in the best way to help both students and the University.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
None, I believe there are only two alumni in my state and I don't get back to SEMO too often, at my age.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
There is a need.
Are you a Southeast alumnus?
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
It was my base for access into my professional career.
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?