Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
I have fond memories of being a student at SEMO, and I received an education that has served me well all my life as a teacher, social worker, and a writer. The professors I had in the history and social science department challenged me intellectually in such a way that I have never wanted to stop learning.
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
To help students finish college without staggering college debts that prevent them from buying homes, starting a family, etc. When I went to SEMO my debt wasn't much, and with the National Defense Loan part of it was forgiven for the years I taught.
Why do you give to Southeast?
I want to give back to the institution that gave me so much. I want to help it remain to be an excellent school.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
Because it obtains the money needed for scholarships and othet needs of the university.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
One student who went on to Optometry School in Boston lived at my house while she was doing an internship at the VA hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. I don't know if she received money from the Foundation or not. She was a neighbor to my sister who lives in Missouri and had graduated from SEMO. Now she is a doctor at that same VA hospital.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
If they are alumni, they should definitely give to help the students of today.
Are you a Southeast alumnus?
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
It gave me the tools and academic background for my profession of teaching and social work. It also helped me to go onto graduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?
No, I did not receive these gifts.