Ceremony on Campus Honors Alumnus Killed on Duty in Afghanistan War

The Geneseo campus remembered alumnus Lt. Mohsin Naqvi during memorial events March 9.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- The State University of New York at Geneseo paid tribute on campus March 9 to 2005 alumnus Lt. Mohsin Naqvi, who was killed in September 2008 while on active U.S. Army duty in Afghanistan. The ceremony included a military honor guard from RIT, and the presentation of two plaques: one to be mounted in Geneseo's Milne Library in Nasqvi's memory and one presented to Naqvi's family members, who will be present for the ceremony.

Naqvi was a computer science major at Geneseo from Newburgh, N.Y., who was able to attend Geneseo through its Access Opportunity Program (AOP). The program helps meet the higher educational aspirations of academically talented students who are under-represented at the post-secondary level of education. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry out of Fort Benning, Ga. Naqvi received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart, all posthumously.

"We are honored to be remembering our alumnus and American war hero on our campus," said Fowziyyah Ali, associate director of Geneseo's AOP and a member of the memorial event planning committee. "The idea for this memorial came from two U.S. Army veterans, current AOP student Bradley Archibald and Alfred Sciarrino, an associate professor in the School of Business. We are grateful to them for the work they have done on our committee to make it possible."

Also serving on the committee are Geneseo students Tim Mahood, Harrison Singer and Dominick Ciruzzi; James Williams, professor of history, who directed a supervised study with Naqvi; and Calvin Gantt, AOP director and Naqvi's former adviser.

Funding and support for the memorial events came from the Office of the President; the Center for Community; the Access Opportunity Program department; the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science and International Relations; the School of Education; and numerous individuals throughout the campus community.

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