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l-r; President Anderson, Gerald and Susan Eckert, Jim Hagelgans and Dr. Aminta Breaux

The second annual Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Service and Philanthropy Endowment Award Recognition ceremony on May 8 featured the talents of current Millersville University (MU) students and recognized the generosity of community members whose support makes their education possible.

At the ceremony, held in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, Jim Hagelgans and Gale Zorian were recognized for “exemplary service and philanthropy in the arts and advancing the mission of public higher education,” as stated by the plaque which now bears their names.

Approximately 40 faculty, staff, legislators, community leaders, friends and family of the Eckert’s and award recipients attended the ceremony and reception, which featured musical accompaniment from a current student. The ceremony included remarks from Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president of advancement, Michael Warfel, chairman of the Council of Trustees and President John Anderson who helped to select the award recipients.

Hagelgans and Zorian both received an original coil pot made by fine arts major Shannon Ryan ’17, to represent the University’s appreciation for their support of the arts and the community. Recipients will direct the proceeds of this year’s endowment to MU’s theatre department.

The award plaque is now located to the left of the entrance to the Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery and will be updated annually with future award recipients.

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