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Women Veterans In Higher Education Conference Saturday

March 20, 2014

The transition from military service to education through camaraderie and empowerment will be the focus of the second annual Women Veterans in Higher Education Conference at Cal State Fullerton.

The Saturday, March 22, conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fullerton Marriott. Although the event is free, registration is mandatory and can be made by calling 657-278-8660 or online

Keynoter for the program will be Gina Rawson, Long Beach VA Women Veterans program manager. A nurse practitioner, Rawson has worked for the Veterans Health Administration since 1994 and served as a major in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps from 1994-2009. A recipient of numerous commendations during her military career, Rawson actively participates and co-chairs many committees involving performance improvement and quality care and is a strong advocate for all women veterans.

The conference also will feature two panel discussions:

  • The student panel focused on the current experience of women veterans in higher education. CSUF students Rachel Moreno and Tabatha Maddox will join five other female student veterans from partner colleges to discuss their experiences.
  • The alumni and graduate panel will emphasize what life is like after college and the importance of mentorships. Alums Yu-ting Chiu and Martha McDonald will join three other panelists for this presentation.

Also scheduled to attend are Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs; Roger Sorochty, interim associate vice president for student affairs; and Pat O'Rourke, California State University director of military and veterans affairs.

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