Memorial Tribute in Amherst for Former Business Instructor

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November 18, 2011

On Tuesday, November 15, Medaille’s Amherst Campus hosted a memorial tribute for Judy Zak, a technical writer, novelist and instructor in the Accelerated Learning Program.

Approximately 45 of Zak’s family members, friends, colleagues and former students gathered to acknowledge Zak’s passion for teaching and her commitment to intellectual development, both on- and off-campus.
Speakers at the event included Zak’s husband, Jim, who brought those present to tears with his beautifully-written dedication.

Zak’s colleagues, Judith Horowitz, Ph.D., Barbara Kurasch, William Weeks and Jenifer Bavifard, Ed.D. also spoke at the service, highlighting the late instructor’s wisdom, enthusiasm, dedication and creativity – qualities displayed not only in her teaching style, but also in the novels written and published under her penname, Jocelyn St. James.

The ceremony concluded with a rendition of “For Good” from the musical Wicked, performed by the a cappella barbershop chorus Mystique Singers.

In remembrance and honor of Zak’s passion for student development and success, the technology in the Amherst Campus’s Multipurpose Room has been upgraded to allow for more efficient, relevant and sophisticated instruction.

- Kevin Bates

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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