Eunice Nazar ’22 Receives Joseph J. Gunn ’30 Medal

Nazar has spent her four years in college serving others and excelling academically.

Placeholder image alt text

Eunice Nazar (right) with Cory Blad, dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

Eunice Nazar ’22 received the Joseph J. Gunn ’30 Alumni Medal at the 2022 Spring Honors Convocation on Sunday, May 15.

The Gunn Medal is given to a graduating senior, or seniors, who embody the College’s Lasallian mission and have made a significant contribution to the College during their undergraduate years. It has been recognized throughout the years as one of the College’s highest honors given to an undergraduate student.

A double major in history and peace and justice studies, Nazar is an inductee of Pen and Sword, Epsilon Sigma Pi and Phi Alpha Theta, where she received the George B. and Susan Kirsch Scholarship. Nazar has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

As one of her professors described her, “Eunice entered Manhattan College unsure of what she wanted to do but found her purpose – a life of service. She dedicated herself to developing the skills and tools to do good while doing well.”

Nazar acted as a Student Representative for the committees on campus life, curriculum, Diversity Council, and the board of trustees enrollment management. She has also been an active member of the College Senate and Student Government, serving in several roles essential to shaping the present and future of Manhattan College.

She brought her leadership and passion for social justice to El Paso, Texas, on a Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience, or L.O.V.E., service immersion trip, where she learned about human rights and immigration issues and contributed to community revitalization projects. She was also selected for the competitive Women Inspiring Successful Enterprise (WISE) program.

As a junior, she was one of just 212 students across the U.S. to be awarded a Newman Civic Fellowship. As a fellow, Nazar worked with Vote Run Lead; and as a policy intern for Mekong NYC and the Southeast Asian Defense Project. She contributed to legislative and communication strategies while building relationships with students and institutions across the country.

Nazar has remained dedicated to uplifting her classmates in their scholarly pursuits in many formal and informal capacities, including as a writing tutor, a summer peer mentor for the Opportunity Program, and a history supplemental instructor, among others. It is not just her continued academic excellence and commitment to social justice that has impressed Nazar’s professors and peers, but the level of engagement and sincere enthusiasm with which she approaches learning and sharing her knowledge with others.

“In her years at Manhattan, Eunice has been an exemplary leader who has brought honor to the Jasper name across campus and worldwide,” said Robert E Coletti ’91, when presenting her award at the 2022 Spring Honors Convocation. “Her commitment to leading a life of service has been a tremendous inspiration to us all. The alumni of Manhattan College are proud to congratulate you and wish you the very best as you go forth.”