Dr. Hal and Jane Seaton Establish Fund for Excellence in International Education Dr. Hal and Jane Seaton of Athens, Ga., have recently pledged $100,000 to establish the Dr. Hal and Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education at Murray State University. This gift will provide scholarships for MSU students seeking to study abroad; an additional estate gift will establish a general scholarship endowment and benefit the construction of a new library at MSU.
Hal, originally from Dawson Springs, Ky., received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from MSU in 1962. As a student, he was active on campus as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Business Club, International Relations Club and Scabbard and Blade. In 1966 he received a master's of education degree from the University of Mississippi. Hal earned his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1972.
Retired from the University of Georgia and a successful businessman, Hal's life work has been committed to training future educators. Traveling around the world presenting his research, he developed an appreciation for international travel in education.
Jane received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her master's degree from the University of Michigan. Her career has been spent as an audiologist. Hal and Jane met and married in St. Louis, Mo., where they were both working with local school systems.
Hal continues to express appreciation for the support Murray State provided in his life and career, and both he and Jane wish to assist the university in continuing its tradition of excellence. "If Murray State had not existed in this area, I would not have gone to college," says Hal. He was the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college, and his experiences at Murray State inspired him to devote his life to helping those in need. "At Murray State, I was confronted with diverse ideas that had never been presented to me before," Hal adds. The diversity he was exposed to at MSU later inspired him to become a supporter and activist for the Civil Rights Movement.
Since retiring, the Seatons have devoted much of their time to volunteer work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals On Wheels and the Salvation Army. They continue to travel internationally and look forward to sharing their love of international travel and study with MSU.
For more information on the Dr. Hal and Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education contact the MSU Scholarship Office at 270-809-3225 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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