Giving Matters - Julia Prusik

Julia Prusik

Recipient, the Evan Michael Zahn '82 Scholarship

Julia Prusik has an unusual dual major: biology and art. And the 19-year-old junior is just the type of wellrounded student Evan Zahn, M.D., believes should pursue a medical career. Prusik, who heard Zahn speak at UAlbany last year, came away impressed by his enthusiasm for his work in pediatric cardiology – and for his view that physicians who learn to play as well as work make better doctors. “He’s one of the reasons I want to be a general surgeon,” she noted. Through Phi Delta Epsilon, Prusik has already made a good start toward her career goal: She and other members of the pre-med fraternity support such worthy causes as the Children’s Miracle Network by working on fundraising activities that also provide opportunities for fun. Prusik, a Webster, N.Y., native, spent several weeks in 2010 learning Spanish, doing volunteer work and traveling in Ecuador. For her next adventure, she is “thinking of Africa.”

Evan Zahn '82, M.D.

“The uniqueness that is UAlbany,” said Miami-based pediatric cardiologist Evan Zahn, M.D., promotes academic excellence but also encourages students “to explore other studies and extracurricular activities that round out their lives.” That sums up Zahn’s experience of the University. “I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a physician. But UAlbany allowed me to discover the balance of the whole. I learned, but I was also allowed to play. I know too many physicians who work too hard; they’re very smart, but they have difficulty relating to their patients. We’re trying to encourage people like Julia, who major in the arts and other fields, too, to consider careers in medicine.”

The World Within Reach - The Morris Altman Research Fund

Gary M. Jacobson '82 Scholarship:
Established by Foundation Director and UAlbany alumnus Gary Jacobson, B.A. '82 to support undergraduates involved in community service projects benefiting children.