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CSU Stanislaus receives $400,000 gift
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California State University, Stanislaus received a gift of $400,000 to fund an endowed chair in the College of Education.
The gift was donated from the estate of Kenneth and Shirley Whalen in memory of their late daughter, Christie Sue Whalen-Sexton. Funding from the gift will help establish the Christie Sue Whalen-Sexton Endowed Chair in the CSU Stanislaus Department of Teacher Education.
“This very generous and most welcome gift from the Whalen Trust will support and enhance our teacher training programs as a long-term investment in the future of California State University, Stanislaus,” CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. “We are deeply appreciative to the Whalen family for their foresight and commitment to CSU Stanislaus.”
Whalen-Sexton received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from CSU Stanislaus in 1977, and her teaching credential in 1979. She taught language arts at Hilmar Middle School for 20 years. She died in 2002.
This is the third endowed chair for CSU Stanislaus, with the first granted in 2002 in agricultural studies and another established in July as The Foster Farms Endowed Chair in Business Economics with an emphasis in econometrics.