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Kent Library: Home of the Past, Resource for the Future

Southeast Missouri State University's soul has, for more than 60 years, been housed in the center of campus within the body of Kent Library. After nearly a half century in Academic Hall, the University's library moved across the street in 1939 into a beautiful structure named in honor of longtime head librarian Sadie Kent. This structure is remembered fondly by the many students attending Southeast Missouri State Teachers College during the mid-1900s.

Shortly before the College became the University in the late 1960s, a new facade was placed on Kent Library and the inside was updated to serve a larger student body in a more modern age. Now, at the turn of the 21st century, Kent Library looks very much the same but has made giant changes in less visible, but more critical ways, expanding the collection and upgrading technology to serve new generations of students.

As a charter member of MOBIUS, a statewide consortium sharing an online library system, students and faculty can now have access to the books in more than 50 public and private academic libraries in Missouri. "MOBIUS has increased the number of titles available at Kent Library from 400,000 within our walls to more than 17 million titles held in libraries across the state," says Dr. Sarah Cron, Dean of Academic Information Services and Director of Kent Library.

Of course, the value of Kent Library goes far beyond its collections of materials. Walk in the doors and you enter an atmosphere of learning with numerous quiet study areas for individuals and groups. When help is needed, librarians and staff are available to answer questions.

Yet, even as our library looks to the future with new materials and technology, the past is not forgotten. The Special Collections and Archives unit acquires, preserves and makes accessible research materials that document not only the history of the University, but also the historical, literary and cultural experience of the region. Many families have graciously allowed their histories to become a part of our history by donating significant materials documenting the development of southeastern Missouri.

The past, present and future come together in wonderful ways at Kent Library. Come to campus for a visit or log on to library.semo.edu to find out more!

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Southeast Missouri University Foundation, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 63701, [the sum of _____] or [_____% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal] for its charitable purposes in support of Southeast Missouri State University [for its unrestricted use] or [to establish the _____________ Fund]."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Southeast or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Southeast as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Southeast as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Southeast where you agree to make a gift to Southeast and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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