What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?

I'm grateful for the wonderful professors I had at SEMO and for the great education I received from my school.

Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?

There are many challenges to getting a college degree and the financial cost is one of the biggest ones. I'm sure the generosity of others before me helped make my education possible so I feel it is only fair to pay it forward and help those who come after me. It is especially important for us alumni to support our school at this time when everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 shutdowns and lost income. These are tough times for everyone and I am glad I can help.

Why do you give to Southeast?

SEMO is a fine university with a great history of educating the future leaders of our state and country and it is important that it continue to thrive and carry on this work. I just wish I could do more to help insure its future.

Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?

The Foundation is the conduit through which we can support our school and I trust them to channel that support in the best ways possible and to keep us connected to the University.

What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?

I live 1000 miles away so I have not had the opportunity to connect directly with today's students, but I have confidence that I am making a positive impact on the lives of these young students.

Why should other people give to Southeast?

SEMO is a wonderful university and a hall for higher education. Giving to this school will pay great dividends for the future and the leaders it helps develop. It is important to pay it forward.

Are you a Southeast alumnus?


How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?

Getting my masters degree in special education made me a better teacher, enabling me to help many young people directly (one on one). I've taught every grade from 1st through graduate school and as a college professor I was able to help prepare future teachers to help others.

How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?

Past donors insured that SEMO was there, prepared and able to give me the education I needed to go out and make a positive difference in the world.