More Donors Share Why They Give  


kathy and don lougheed photoKathryn ’54 and Donald Lougheed

According to Kathy, “There’s a special attitude at SUNY Potsdam – an arts attitude.” Through the generosity and artistic vision of Kathy (Kofoed) ’54 and Don Lougheed, the Lougheed Festival of the Arts resurrects the tradition of a dynamic and comprehensive campus spring festival, to include theatre dance vocal and instrumental performances; visual arts exhibitions; creative writing programs; and guest arts and lectures. 

After the inaugural season during spring 2012, which included nationally and internationally renowned guest artists and lecturers, Kathy commented “It brought tears to our eyes to see what can be done through this type of festival.  Don and I feel very special and blessed to have this opportunity come to us. We have found something very worthwhile to do with our resources.  When you think about it—painting, sculpture, drama, ballet, modern dance, poetry, music—what is it? It’s the human spirit.”

chucka and claudia ayer photoChuck and Claudia Thomas Ayer ’75

Chuck (a Potsdam College Foundation Trustee) and Claudia Thomas Ayer, both class of 1975, take great pride in the education they received at Potsdam.  So much pride, in fact, that they want to afford today’s students the same opportunities they received.  They created the Chuck and Claudia Thomas Ayer Scholarship to support incoming freshmen studying at The Crane School of Music or the School of Arts & Sciences. 

“Our scholarship helps make possible for current students what both of us were privileged to receive – an excellent and stimulating education, lifelong friends and a world of opportunities… without the crushing burden of college debt. With support from those of us whose lives have already been shaped by the gift of a Potsdam education, today's students should be able to explore their talents and fulfill their dreams in the same way.”

lynn boles photoLynne Boles ’74

College Foundation Board of Trustees President Lynne Boles is not only an active volunteer, but a loyal supporter of The Fund for Potsdam. Each year, Lynne gives an unrestricted gift knowing that it will be used to meet the College’s greatest needs.  She also maximizes her giving and the impact she has at Potsdam by utilizing the matching gift program offered by her employer. Lynne knows that the most important gift she can give is one that can be used to meet pressing needs and take advantage of opportunities that make the greatest impact on students and the College’s overall excellence.

"After working in Marketing for over 30 years, I learned the value of flexibility – being able to respond to changes in the market place on short notice. That's why I am a big fan of Potsdam's unrestricted fund. It's really the only opportunity that the College has to respond quickly to last minute opportunities that were not funded or foreseen when the budget was put together.”

Gerald Zwaga ’68 and Carolyn Zwagagerald and carolyn zwaga photo

The Zwagas have established the Jerry and Carolyn Zwaga Study Abroad Fund, which supports a student annually while he or she is overseas.  Jerry and Carolyn have also made plans for a deferred gift, which will establish an endowment under the same name.  Their deferred gift will provide future opportunities for classes and/or groups of students to participate in faculty-sponsored study abroad experiences.  Knowing the profound impact of intercultural exchange, the Zwagas support Potsdam students in their pursuit of academic, social and personal excellence.

“Carolyn and I have found travel abroad enriches our lives.  We give to Potsdam so that students can experience a different perspective on life, culturally and politically.”