Eugene Manasterski Memorial Award








Eugene Manasterski worked tirelessly as a young man to raise funds for the construction of the Ukrainian Room. A University of Pittsburgh graduate, he held elected positions on the Ukrainian Room Committee and was treasurer at the time of his death. His family, friends, and Ukrainian Room Committee members contributed the funds to establish the endowment.



  Mr. Manasterski, a University of Pittsburgh graduate who received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979, died on March 20, 1992 at the age of 35.  His late father, Chester Manasterski, was a founding member of the Ukrainian Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh.   Eugene organized the annual Ukrainian Festival in the Commons Room for 10 years, was general chairman in 1987-88, and served as Treasurer of the Ukrainian Room Committee for many years.  The festival contributed a large portion of its proceeds to the construction of the Ukrainian Room.   At the time of his death, Eugene Manasterski was serving as an officer or committee member in the following groups:

  • the Ukrainian Technological Societythe Ukrainian Nationality Room Committeethe Ukrainian Heritage Foundation of North America the Ukrainian Selfreliance of Western Pennsylvania Chernobyl Relief Fund
  • and the Diocesan Resource Committee of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio.

He was also a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pittsburgh’s South Side, and of Branch 120 of the Ukrainian National Association in Aliquippa, PA.  He was a strong supporter of the Ukrainian Radio Program and arranged for many traveling Ukrainian concert troupes to perform in Pittsburgh.  He was a strong financial supporter of Ukrainian cultural interests.