A SUNY Potsdam alumni couple with a strong commitment to the College has established the first endowed fund in support of a Greek Life internship.
Jane Morale, a 1980 music education graduate, and her husband Glen Zagorski, a 1987 computer science graduate, are endowing the Morale-Zagorski Greek Life Internship Scholarship at SUNY Potsdam. To be hosted by the Department of Campus Life, the Morale-Zagorski Intern will work to promote a positive Greek experience for students at SUNY Potsdam.
“We feel a strong connection to both SUNY Potsdam and the Potsdam Greek community, and we can’t imagine one without the other,” Zagorski said.
“By funding this scholarship,” Morale added, “we can help to ensure that others get as much out of the Greek college experience as we did. We’re grateful for this unique opportunity to give back.”
Celina Furman of Norwich, N.Y., who will be a senior next year at SUNY Potsdam, has been selected as the first Morale-Zagorski Greek Life Intern. Fulman is a psychology major and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. In the past year, she served as vice president and academic chair of her chapter and service chair of the College’s All Greek Council. Her main objectives during her internship are to help the Greek community meet its academic goals and to provide peer-to-peer education on risk management.
Julie Dold, assistant director of campus life and coordinator of Greek Life at SUNY Potsdam, expressed her excitement and gratitude.
“Every day, we see students who are pushing forward and doing amazing peer-to-peer education,” Dold said. “To be able to reward a student for doing such incredibly important work is more than we could have ever hoped to do without the generous fund established by Jane and Glen. We are thrilled that they have made this a reality.”
“We are so grateful to Jane and Glen for their remarkable gift. They have shown wonderful leadership through the years as dedicated volunteers, and their generous endowment is further evidence of their passion and commitment for enhancing our students’ experience as members of our Greek Life community. I am confident that their gift will inspire students and alumni alike,” SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller said.
As undergraduate students at SUNY Potsdam, Morale and Zagorski were both actively involved in Greek Life. She was a member of the Agonian Sorority (AKΦ) and he was a member of the Psi Phi Delta Fraternity.
The couple has remained very active as alumni volunteers. Morale served for many years as vice president of the Ago Alumnae Association, and is currently the chairperson of the Ago Alumnae Board of Directors. Zagorski was president of the Psi Phi Delta Alumni Association for several years, and he was also an active member of the Psi Phi Delta Housing Board. Both are now members of the College-wide Greek Alumni Council. Zagorski also returned to campus in January 2006 to present at the Student Leadership Conference, sharing his personal experiences as a student leader and how those experiences impacted his life both personally and professionally.
Morale is the orchestra director and string instrument instructor at Spry Middle School in Webster, N.Y. In 2010, she was chosen to receive the RPO Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educator, on instrumental strings. Morale is also a member of the violin section of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic, and serves as the youth choir director at her church.
Zagorski is an IT manager at Johnson & Johnson in Rochester, N.Y., supporting the technology needs of sales and marketing professionals. In his spare time, he plays in the trombone section of the Penfield Pops Concert Band, which gives concerts primarily at senior living communities around Rochester. He also plays guitar and sings in a Rochester-area rock band.
Jane and Glen live in Penfield, N.Y., and have two grown sons, Zack and Justin.
To learn more about giving back to SUNY Potsdam, visit www.potsdam.edu/alumni/giving.
Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.