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JZ Analytics, John & Kathy Zogby announce scholarship gifts

JZ Analytics, a polling and research firm started by former employees of Zogby International, is honoring a SUNYIT alumnus who died unexpectedly with a donation to the SUNYIT Foundation. The money will provide scholarship dollars to future computer science students in memory of John J. Bruce, a JZ Analytics employee and 1991 graduate of SUNYIT who died on November 11, 2012.

"John utilized his degree in Computer Science to build an important and globally recognized system for measuring public opinion," said John Zogby, founder of Zogby International and senior analyst at JZ Analytics. “His training of younger employees prepared them for an ever-changing industry. SUNYIT meant a lot to him, and it is fitting that an award be made in his name."

President Yeigh, John and Kathy ZogbyJohn and his wife, Kathy Zogby, a 1976 SUNYIT alumnus, also made a donation in honor of her parents, George and Emily Ertel, that will support scholarships for SUNYIT nursing students. "Like many parents, they made great sacrifices to secure a first-rate education for me," Kathy Zogby said. "My education at SUNYIT gave me a great start in life, and I am very thankful to my parents." After graduation, Kathy went on to become a special education teacher with the Utica City School District; she retired in 2006.

"We are thankful for the support of corporations like JZ Analytics and individuals like John and Kathy Zogby," said Peter Perkins, director of development at SUNYIT. "Their financial support enables the SUNYIT Foundation to invest in our students, making possible their education and future success."

At right, President Yeigh and John and Kathy Zogby at the January 28 scholarship announcement.

Chartered in 1974, the Institute of Technology Foundation at Utica/Rome, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, organized under New York State law and granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation promotes, receives, invests and disburses private gifts to SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. It exists solely to benefit the SUNYIT and its students by providing financial assistance to students and enhancing the learning environment through faculty research stipends and the acquisition of much needed equipment. The Foundation also funds special activities that enhance the academic environment.

JZ Analytics is experienced in asking the right questions to collect critical data. Its staff have successfully surveyed a wide variety of industries, including banking, medical companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, non-profits, automotive, insurance and many more. The firm has extensively polled four Presidential election cycles and many state and local elections. As former employees of Zogby International, JZ Analytics staff are known worldwide for the ability to empower clients with information and research data critical for making informed strategic decisions. Their dedication to speed and accuracy and commitment to excellence are reflected in everything JZ Analytics does.


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