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June 13, 2013

Fitting Farewell Morosky Made CMU a Healthier Place

By Bruce Gerson

moroskyShe's synonymous with fitness, the picture of health, a true Carnegie Mellon icon.

Faculty, staff and students at Carnegie Mellon, as well as many CMU alumni, are much healthier today thanks to the efforts of Coordinator of Fitness Donna Morosky, who recently announced her retirement, effective June 30.

Since 1989, Morosky has worked to create, develop and grow the university's fitness, recreation and health programs. She built the group exercise program from scratch, initiated various fitness challenges and triathlons, and she has played an instrumental role in raising awareness of and participation in the many fitness and health programs offered at CMU. Today, about 1,000 individuals swipe their ID cards daily to use the fitness and recreation spaces in the University Center and Skibo Gym.

"Donna's passion for teaching and running the fitness programs has certainly inspired all of us to make this place better and healthier," said Sara Gauntner, assistant director of Athletics for Instructional Programs and Recreation. "Donna is a very caring and genuine person, she truly cares for her students, faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon. She has always been the person who would volunteer to do anything extra for our department and this campus. Her energy was contagious - I loved taking her classes. She will certainly be missed."

Morosky joined CMU 38 years ago in 1975 as the Tartans' head men's and women's swimming coach and produced several All-America performers. She has the distinction of being the first woman to serve as head coach of a men's NCAA Division III swimming team.

In 1986, she joined the Division of Student Affairs as a health educator before returning to the Department of Athletics in 1989.

Joan Maser, coordinator of Athletics Support Services, has worked with Morosky since the late '70s.

"Donna and I have worked together for 32 years and we've been through lots of changes, both personally and professionally," Maser recalled. "I will miss Donna's support and laughter that is for sure - and the university at large will surely miss her energy and dedication."

While Morosky is retiring from her full-time duties at CMU, she's not hanging up her spinning bike or yoga mat just yet.

"I plan to continue to teach and to continue to spread wellness and fitness. I want to teach people how to stay fit, not just to be fit. The world is my classroom," she said.

Longtime football Coach Rich Lackner and Donna Morosky share a laugh at her retirement party in late May.