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Carol Wakeman - Supporting Re-entry Students

November 2014

Carole Wakeman, whose mother was a teacher, valued education. But, like many in her generation, World War II interrupted her plans. Then marriage and children put them on hold.

However, she never forgot the dream of earning a college degree. One day she decided, "Well, the kids are grown and I'm going back to school."

So in 1989, Wakeman finally earned that coveted degree — a bachelor of arts in American studies.

As a "re-entry" student, she understood how difficult it could be to return to school after years of work and raising a family. For that reason, she recently granted a gift to the WoMen's Center at Cal State Fullerton to upgrade the WakeMan Seminar Room.

Additional funding established an endowed scholarship and will help provide scholarships to re-entry students.

"Mom recognized that life experiences help prepare you for college," said April Wakeman, Carole's daughter. "You learn from years of work and volunteering, not to mention raising a family. But it can be difficult to go back.

"That's why mom wanted to help the WoMen's Center because they serve many re-entry students. She realized that in a big university, you need small groups of friends and supporters, and that's what this center provides."

The mother's love of education has extended through her family.

"Cal State Fullerton is our 'family school,'" April continued. Wakeman's two sons, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren (and one of their wives) are all CSUF alums. Two other grandchildren are current Titans.

For more information about contributing to the WoMen's Center, please contact Joan Rudio, executive director, central development, at 657-278-3947.

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