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Gifts Enhance TC's Recruitment and Influence in the Pacific Rim
Gifts Enhance TC's Recruitment and Influence in the Pacific Rim

Trustee Edith Shih and UBS China Executive David Li support the College's growing involvement with Asian students and education.
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Investing in the Heart of Teachers College: $8 Million Gift will Position the Library for the Future
Investing in the Heart of Teachers College: $8 Million Gift will Position the Library for the Future

An $8 million gift from education philanthropists Camilla and George Smith will enable Teachers college to renovate the fourth floor of its Gottesman Libraries as the Camilla and George Smith Learning Theater.
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Gifts Totaling $725,000 from the Rauch Foundation Aim to Attract Talented Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows to TC
Gifts Totaling $725,000 from the Rauch Foundation Aim to Attract Talented Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows to TC

Foundation led by Trustee Nancy Douzinas supports TC's work to improve outcomes for children and families.
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Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, Ed.D., USAF, retired

Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, Ed.D., USAF, retired

Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, Ed.D., USAF, retired (COURTESY OF MAJOR GENERAL IRENE TROWELL-HARRIS)

How does one earn flight nurse wings, master’s and doctoral degrees, and the rank of major general (two stars) in the U.S. Air Force, write a book (Sky High: No Goal Is Out of Your Reach), and win appointment by the White House to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs Center
for Women Veterans? For Irene Trowell-Harris (Ed.M., Ed.D. ’83), the answers included discipline, networking, mentoring and executive leadership. But Irene is also quick to credit the aid she received for her education – which is why she, in turn, contributes to the Annual Fund Scholars Program, which underwrites TC students’ financial aid packages.

“Like me, many students might not have been able to pursue their dreams without financial support,” she says. “The Annual Fund Scholars initiative appealed to me because it helps students pursue opportunities in education, providing them with crucial financial support and inspiring them to reach their potential as the next generation of professionals.” 

Irene is especially proud that her participation reinforces TC’s ability to offer competitive financial aid packages that will attract and retain gifted students whose achievements will advance the College’s legacy of excellence in scholarship, policy and practice.

“The true value of my accomplishments must be in using them to benefit society – specifically, college students, family, church, community, state and country,” she says. “My greatest joy in life is mentoring and helping others to become successful and achieve their potential as leaders for the next generation.”