A Legacy of Education & Learning from Parents to Son to Southeast Students
Don is ensuring the knowledge his parents instilled in him about the importance of education and learning will be carried forward to assist future students. Don credits his parents for cultivating a deep passion for education and learning in their children, which he has continued to share with others as a life-long educator. With the assistance of Southeast Missouri University, his parents’ legacy will be carried forward.
Don studied at Southeast Missouri State College in the 1960s and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, with a major in mathematics and minors in chemistry and literature. During his career as a professor and administrator, he has taught at several universities and is currently Professor Emeritus. He attributes his success, both as a student and as an educator to his parents, who made his formal education and all of its resulting opportunities possible.
His parents were rigorous advocates and supporters of education. The intrinsic as well as the practical value of an excellent education were continually emphasized.
Scholarships recognize support of parents
In recognition of his parents’ legacy and support, Don has worked with several officials at Southeast to create future or prospective scholarships for students. These scholarships will be funded from his estate or retirement plan and will impact the lives of students for years to come. Southeast is one of the beneficiaries of a portion of his estate or retirement plan. This is an excellent tax-wise strategy as the University will eventually receive these funds without paying undo taxes on the gift. This magnifies the impact of the gift to the University.
Additionally, part of Don’s generous gift is designated for the Kent Library. Don articulates: “Libraries are particularly important on campuses. Effective and supported academic libraries facilitate success for students and scholars. Having worked and collaborated with numerous academic librarians, I view libraries or information centers as critically important to the overall success of the college or university. Kent Library was integral to my success as a student at Southeast and helped me become the life-long learner that my parents hoped I’d be.”
Gift Allows Kent Library to Grow
Kent Library, the home of Southeast’s academic collections, including paper and digital, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of service to Southeast’s students and faculty. Designed by Sadie Kent, the Library’s longtime head librarian, the Library continues to grow and evolve, supporting the instructional and scholarly needs of the University’s students and scholars. In addition, the past is preserved in Special Collections & Archives. State-of-the-art technology is also provided in the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center. Kent Library is an important center of learning on the campus.
As a result of the generosity and foresight of alumni such as Don, the University’s students will be supported and will continue to excel. Consider the opportunities to give to the University via formal gift planning. These gifts are special and make a significant difference. And Southeast’s students are the beneficiaries of these gifts.