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Thursday, Jul 18 2013 05:43 PM

CSUB announces Wendy Wayne Endowment

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    As she battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Wendy Wayne wrote to her young grandchildren that she found even in her cancer diagnosis “enormous good fortune.” Wayne died June 17, 2012, at age 64.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Gene Tackett looks through the books of the first Wendy's Words Library in the front yard of Susan Reep's home in 2012. The libraries honor Gene Tackett's wife, Wendy Wayne, who died earlier that year.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Cal State Bakersfield has established a scholarship fund for nursing students, honoring of the legacy of the late Wendy Wayne.

The Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund has grown to more than $100,000 thanks to community contributions. Wayne's husband, Gene Tackett, family and friends were key to setting up the scholarship.

Four inaugural recipients were awarded Wendy Wayne scholarships in the spring: Katrina Gloudeman and Tania Sedano from the RN-BSN program, and Jennifer Fitzsimmons and Kristen Woods from the Traditional BSN program.

Wayne died of cancer last year. She was a CSUB graduate with a nursing degree and held a doctorate in educational leadership as well as a master's in public health. Wayne spent much of her life as a humanitarian activist and advocate for public health locally and globally. In 2008, she was inducted into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame.

"Throughout her life, Wendy's daily work improved the lives of so many," said Debbie Boschini, chair of the CSUB nursing program. "The Wendy Wayne Nursing Scholarship will help support the success of CSUB nursing students who will spend their lives relieving suffering, promoting health, preventing disease and providing health education."

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