Donor — Spotlight
What does Southeast Missouri State University mean to you?
It meant a lifelong career that was more a hobby than a job. Without learning critical skills, basic science and how to evaluate objective data, life would have been dull. I came to SEMO in 1960 from tiny Bourbon (MO) High School where I had developed no long-term goals but to get an education that could lead to a productive and rewarding life. Dr. Homer Bolen, chief of the biology department suggested that I consider going to medical school, which set the course of my subsequent career.
Why is it important to support students (at a time like this)?
Because, like I was, there are always students who would have no chance at getting a higher education without the assistance of a little financial assistance. We are at a critical point in our economic lives, making additional assistance that much more critical, given the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on families and businesses, as well as SEMO's ability to help.
Why do you give to Southeast?
Hoping that deserving students who might not have been able to go to or continue higher education can do so. I am especially keen on seeing young people who are struggling to overcome cultural biases, unintended consequences of youthful misjudgments and indiscretions and economic liabilities beyond their control be enabled to get back on a more productive track.
Why do you believe the work of the Foundation is important?
Knowing its VP and having experienced its past and present work to facilitate the achievement of my giving goals, I have the confidence to know that whatever I caa afford to give will be well-used.
What personal experiences have you had with the students you have helped (who have been helped by the Foundation)?
Very nice annual thank-you letters.
Why should other people give to Southeast?
Are you a Southeast alumnus?
How has earning your degree from Southeast impacted your life?
How have you been impacted by the gifts of donors?
As a SEMO student from 1960 - 64 I received the Rusby Seabaugh Memorial Scholarship all four years.