During Utica College’s homecoming weekend, there will be a celebration of the life of Dr. Eugene Paul Nassar, Professor Emeritus of English, who passed away on April 7 at the age of 81.
The celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. It will be in the Carbone Family Auditorium located in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. There is no change and everyone is welcome to attend.
Dr. Nassar was a native of East Utica where he grew up and resided for more than 65 years. He pursued his love for literature at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Later, he went on to earn his master’s degree from Oxford University and his doctorate from Cornell University. Although he had offers from places such as Duke University, The University of Rochester, and The University of Delaware, he followed his heart back to Utica, where his career would span 36 years. Nassar’s name will live on at the college through the actions of one of his students, Steven Critelli from the class of 1972, who has endowed the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry prize. This recognizes the most outstanding poetic talents in Upstate New York.
Also, in 1981, Nassar founded the college’s Ethnic Heritage Studies Center to serve as a focal point for research, teaching, and public service related to ethnicity in American life; it was named in his honor on the Center’s 30th anniversary in 2011.
The celebration will begin with a welcome by John Johnsen, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. The Utica Maennerchor will perform two Beethoven pieces, followed by tributes and remarks by Professor Emeritus Frank Bergmann; former students of Nassar, David Dudajek and Critelli; and Juan Thomas, associate professor of Spanish.
The college and the Ethnic Heritage Studies Center invite all to a reception following the celebration in the Mazloom Atrium.
For more information about this celebration, contact the office of College Events and Conferences at (315) 792-3344.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.