Alums Make a Gift to Support Their Southeast Family
Patrick and Janet Ruopp believe in the value of giving back based on all they have received. And Southeast Missouri State University will always hold a special place in their hearts because of the strong family ties of those who have attended the University.
"My mother lived locally, but my father was from Wenatchee, Wash. In the summer of 1942, he was among a group of pre-medical and pre-dental students in the Navy V-12 program in Washington who were looking for a university that had a great science department. He ended up at Southeast, and if it hadn't have been for that move, I wouldn't be here," Jan explains.
Jan and both of her sisters followed in their parents' footsteps and attended Southeast. Both graduated from Southeast's College of Science and Mathematics in the 1970s and now have a dental practice in Cape Girardeau.
"My brother-in-law is also a Southeast grad," Jan says. "Pat's brother and two nieces are also graduates. Currently both of our children attend Southeast." Their daughter, Alyssa, is a sophomore and their son, Brenton, is a junior. Both students are pre-dental majors. When Alyssa and Brenton graduate, the Ruopps will have 12 Southeast alumni in their family.
The strong sense of family that Southeast holds for Pat and Jan is evident in their continued support of the University. Both are charter members of the Horizon Club, the Southeast Missouri University Foundation's planned giving society. Planned giving allows supporters to make a much larger difference for Southeast students than may seem possible. Both Pat and Jan have designated the University in their individual trusts and have chosen to designate their gifts to the departments of biology and chemistry.
"We always intended to give back to the University for all that it brought us," Jan says. "We share so many fond memories of the professors and students, and the education we received at Southeast was immeasurable. We certainly want to ensure this continues for future students."
To learn more about how you can support Southeast students through a gift in your estate plans, please contact Trudy G. Lee, Ed.D. at 573.651.5935 or 888.812.3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.