Lanie Haertling, of Nashville, Ill., dedicates each day to better herself as a Christian
and influence others to do the same. As a member of Campus Outreach and Campus Crusade,
two Christian organizations at Southeast Missouri State University, Lanie does not
have to look far for support and encouragement in her faith.
Lanie is a sophomore dietetics major at Southeast, and she says her favorite aspect of the University is the large Christian body that is now more like a family because of Campus Outreach.
“All of us involved in Campus Outreach are so close, and we are constantly uplifting each other,” Lanie said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Lanie is also a member of the Southeast cross country and track and field teams, so she must train year-round for competition.
As if those activities do not keep Lanie busy enough, she participates in the Student Dietetic Association and is the College of Health and Human Services representative on Student Government.
“It’s really amazing to be involved in making the campus better for all students. I am on the Student Government committee that is improving the Frequent Flyer system to make it more stable for student involvement,” Lanie said.
Lanie said she hopes to take on leadership in her activities next school year when she has more experience and knowledge of the organizations. Right now, she enjoys just being involved and making new friends.
“It’s funny to think back to my first semester at Southeast and all that has happened since then,” Lanie said. “The smallest things opened doors to let me meet the people who are now my closest friends.”
Lanie said she chose to attend Southeast because of its NCAA Division I track and field and cross country teams, and its financial help.
She is a recipient of the Regional Achievement Award which offers central and southern Illinois students in-state tuition plus 10 percent for high ACT scores and grade point averages.
“Southeast has a lot to offer, and with all the financial aid the University presents, students can definitely get their money’s worth,” Lanie said. “I wouldn’t want to attend any other school.”