Roger and Jody Garza do everything together. They were in the Air Force together. They served in Korea together. Now they’re in college together.
“Penn State Beaver is close to home, and the name is recognized everywhere,” Jody said.
After being discharged from the military two years ago, Jody, a sophomore, and Roger, a junior, looked into college.
Beaver campus wasn’t the couple’s only choice, but clearly it was the right choice, according to Rebecca Mulholland, Beaver’s adult and transfer admissions counselor.
“I could just tell when I first met them. I knew they had something to bring to the campus,” Mulholland said.
Jody, a recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Kuga Trustee Scholarship, is president of the Beaver campus Veteran’s Club, and Roger, a Richard and Margaret Shaw Trustee Scholarship recipient, is an active club member.
Family is everything to the Garzas, who were married in Korea and have a 3-year-old son, Ryan.
“We were all each other had throughout the Air Force,” Roger said. “We relied on each other for family and friendship.”
Originally written by Abigail Pflugh for the Penn State Beaver Nittany News magazine, Fall 2010
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