Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
SEMO became the foundation upon which my adult life was based. I entered on probation after flunking out of Mizzou and then serving in the Marine Corps, including a 13 month tour in Viet Nam. Originally I was not accepted for admission but made an personal appeal to Alton Bray and he admitted me on probation. My degree, BS. Ed, allowed me to enjoy a 32 year teaching career. And that has given me a fabulous pension starting at age 60. Additionally, the friendships developed at SEMO have been life long.
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
Every student - EVERY ONE, can use a little extra support. And with the knowledge that those who came before are supporting you now, any student would be encouraged to succeed.
Why do you give to Southeast?
I have always believed in helping the less fortunate. I have always believed in giving back to the communities that have given opportunities to me. SEMO gave me, and hundreds of other veterans in the late 60s and 70s, a chance - a real chance - to make something of ourselves. And we flourished in the environment at SEMO. Giving money to scholarships at SEMO is an excellent way to "pay it forward!"
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
It provides opportunities to students from around the country and world, not just the Bootheel and Missouri.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
Why should other people give to Southeast?
First of all it helps our communities, our state, our country, the world to have educated, energetic, dedicated professionals. And maybe more importantly, it REALLY feels great to know you are helping others.
Are you a Southeast alumnus?
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
As stated above my degree opened the doors for a fabulous and meaningful 32 year teaching career. And that has led to a wonderful pension providing a retirement that is more than satisfying.
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?
I did not benefit from scholarships at SEMO. But I DID benefit from the GI Bill voted on and approved by Congress. In my years at SEMO - Sept., 1968 - Jan., 1972 literally hundreds of veterans lived and studied courtesy of taxpayer dollars - a sort of scholarship in its own right. The vets on campus, members of the Veterans Corp, held positions of responsibility and trust as well as achieving academic success. The lessons and friendships I garnered there have been lifelong.