“He reminded us every day about the joy in smiling and wishing someone a good morning.”
—Mike Frasciello, dean of University College
University College lost a beloved colleague on August 15 when Robert Acierno died at the age of 62. For 29 years, Robert faithfully sorted the interoffice mail at 700 University Avenue. Despite the many challenges he faced in life, Robert was an upbeat, hardworking member of the UC team. “Robert was one of the most caring, kind, and loving people I’ve ever met, and UC won’t be the same without him,” said Kris Hartnett, administrative assistant at UC.
Robert lived in a group residence operated by ARC of Onondaga. In 2000, Robert was named Person of the Year at ARC’s Achievement Awards Dinner—the highest honor bestowed by the organization. It is given to a person with a developmental disability who has demonstrated significant progress toward living an independent, inclusive life to the fullest potential.
“Robert’s kindness very much defines the spirit of University College, said Mike Frasciello, dean of University College. “He reminded us every day about the joy in smiling and wishing someone a good morning. That is a beautiful message, and one that Robert brought to UC throughout his career.”