Susan ’72 & Michael Rouleau

Cottey Connection

Susan is a 1972 graduate. She is from Seattle, Washington, and learned about Cottey from her mother, grandmother, and aunt, all P.E.O.s.

Her Story

After graduating from high school in Washington, she hopped aboard a train — alone — to attend Cottey. The train, she said, allowed her to bring more things. She knew from the moment that she heard about the school that she would love Cottey College. With no car and nowhere else to go most evenings, they would gather around a piano or guitar and sing. It was here that deep friendships grew and a top quality education took root.

Why Give to Cottey

One of the thoughts that I shared with Michael — my hope is that Cottey would continue to grow and become the spot that countless other women would attend in the future and have that same incredible experience that I had. When Michael finally did get to visit Cottey he said, “I always knew it would be a great place because of the way you described it, but after being on campus I truly understand. I get it.”

Three favorite things

Friendships that I made are lifelong. I still get together with my suite-mates and friends from the happiest two years of my life. The availability of superior academics. I took a class in organic chemistry; I felt like I had the ability to do anything I wanted. The ability to know your professors. It was amazing to have such access to people that were so knowledgeable and willing to spend time one-on-one.

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