Business Alumna Makes Gift to Music Students
Zelyne Rudolph has a competitive streak. She set a goal to graduate from Cal State LA before her daughter graduated from law school—and she did it. By the time Zelyne earned her economics degree at age 40, she had already amassed course credits at several other universities. But Cal State LA "is the place to go," she asserts. "They took care of me so I could zip on through there."
Now retired from a successful career in sales, Zelyne's passion for learning continues. She is perfecting grant writing to help support a local arts nonprofit, and she hired a voice tutor after participating in a karaoke contest on a cruise. Zelyne performs regularly with her R&B/jazz group, Nu Beginnings, as well as the duo John and Z, and she is putting together a gospel choir.
"Music teaches you math, self-confidence and focus," Zelyne says. To encourage the next generation of musicians, Zelyne has made Cal State the beneficiary of a life insurance policy for students with financial need who have an interest in/appreciation for, have taken educational courses at, have provided service to, or received awards from organizations addressing issues impacting the African-American community. "I am in a place where I can give back, and I wanted to do it at the college level."
She hopes her planned gift will inspire other alumni to do the same.
"We are grateful for Zelyne's thoughtful and generous gift to Cal State LA," notes Janet Schellhase Dial, Ed.D., vice president for university advancement. "Her commitment to support the university is an inspiration and will provide our students with the resources needed to complete their degrees."
At age 74, Zelyne feels better than ever. "I could not ask to be happier," she says. "I am giving to the College of Arts and Letters because music is my final love."
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