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Alumna Suzanne Cory Creates Scholarship in Memory of Rod Swink

About the Donor

Less than a month after graduating from James Monroe High School, she married Rod Swink.  A year later she decided to go to college and spent two years at Pierce Community College while working part-time as a dental assistant. Suzanne transferred to CSUN to complete her degree in accounting, graduating in 1973 thereby making her the first in her family to graduate college. Upon graduation she began her career in public accounting by joining the audit staff of Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte). She was widowed shortly thereafter. Suzanne eventually remarried and went on to earn her MBA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Maryland. Her husband, Bryan Jackson Cory, was a U.S. Air Force officer whose 30-year military career provided Suzanne with the opportunity to live in many different regions of the United States, serving on the faculty of several universities. They settled in San Antonio, TX where Suzanne served on the accounting faculty and in various administrative capacities at of the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She retired from St. Mary’s University in 2019 and was awarded the title of professor emerita.

As a first generation college student, Suzanne views her accounting education as the key that opened the door to her many opportunities and successes. Rod helped her and supported her, but was never able to share in her success. Rod was also a first generation college student, but his untimely death prevented him for completing his degree and achieving his future dreams. As a tribute to Rod, Suzanne chose to memorialize him by creating an endowed scholarship to assist future accounting students achieve their academic goals and pave the road to professional success.

Suzanne has also included CSUN in her estate plans and intends to have the proceeds of her bequest deposited into the Rod Swink Memorial Scholarship Endowment

About the Honoree

Rod Swink was born in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from Granada Hills High School and attended Pierce Community College for two years. He worked part time in the technology industry while a student and left college to continue his career. He married Suzanne Klein on July 23, 1967. She started college in 1968 and he helped support her while she completed her degree. In her senior year at CSUN (1972-73), Rod went back to Pierce to take courses necessary to start a degree in Biology. His plan was transfer to CSUN to complete his degree and eventually go to medical school. Before he could accomplish this, he was killed in a dirt bike motor cycle accident at Indian Dunes. He was survived by Suzanne, his mother and father, and his sister, Carolyn Coons and her husband, Paul Coons. Rod and Suzanne had no children, but he is survived by his sister’s children who never met their uncle. Suzanne hoped that this scholarship would be a way for those children to remember the uncle they never knew.

About the Scholarship

The annual distributions from the Rod Swink Memorial Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, who have attained class standing of either Sophomore, Junior or Senior. Additional criteria used in the determination of the recipients include Scholastic Achievement (minimum of 3.0 overall grade point average) and enrollment in fifteen (15) units or more per semester during the award period. To apply for the scholarship, please click here.