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When Terri Nixon '00  attended Teachers College, Prudential Securities' tuition reimbursement program covered most of her expenses.

Still, occasional infusions of cash from her older brother to cover gaps in tuition, fees and books played a crucial role in her ability to complete her master's degree in organizational psychology, an experience she credits as central to her successful career. Of course many TC  students are not able to rely on tuition reimbursement and financial support from family. By giving to the TC Annual Fund, Nixon serves as a  "big sister" figure for future  TC students.

"My whole Columbia University-Teachers College experience inspired me to give back," she says. "TC completely positioned me to be successful." In addition to her personal support of the TC Annual Fund, Nixon is also a newly appointed member of the TC Alumni Council where she serves on the TC Annual   Fund Committee.

After a career that also included stints at Rutgers and Merrill Lynch, Nixon ultimately joined Wachovia Securities, LLC and, until recently, served as Vice President, Senior Business Partner, Human Resources, for the private client group. This year, Nixon plans to fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming a high school English teacher in Florida. "I feel a sense of obligation to give not just my time, but also my money," she explains. "I would like to give another person the opportunity that I've had."  To make a gift to the TC Fund, Donate to the TC Annual Fund online at or mail your gift to 525 West 120th St.  Box 306 New York  NY  10027 Telephone 212 678 3231 previous page