What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?

It gave me an opportunity to stay out of the cotton patch. I was able to learn more about the world and to develop my writing ability. It opened up my world. Then, I went to Africa as a short term missionary 60 miles from the nearest town

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

They need to have a degree to get a job.

Why do you give to Southeast?

So other young people can get a degree.

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

When I went to school there Southeast Missouri was the poorest part of the state. However, that was over 50 years ago. That may not be true now.

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

I have not had any experience with a student.

Why should other people give to Southeast?

To make a difference in a student’s life.

Are you a Southeast alumnus?


How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?

I have been able to teach in three states, serve as an editor of a national women’s organization, serve as an executive secretary in a large organization among other things.

How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?

I have not.