COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – When the indoor track and field season opens up on Saturday, the Ursinus College Winter Invitational will have a new name.
The Winter Invitational will now be known as the Bow Tie Track and Field Classic, in honor of former Ursinus College President John Strassburger who passed away in September.
"It's an honor to name this meet in memory of our friend John," says Ursinus College Track and Field head coach Chris Bayless. "He was a champion of the student-athlete and a huge track fan."
The Bow-Tie Track and Field Classic is an appropriate name for the meet, as Strassburger would attend many athletic events adorned with his bow-tie.
He was inaugurated as the 12th president of Ursinus College in January 1995, and retired this past June 30 citing health reasons. Before coming to Ursinus, he was Dean of the College, Professor of History and Executive Vice President at Knox College (1984 to 1994). He was Acting Assistant Director and Program Officer, Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, from 1982 to 1984, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Superior Achievement.
Dr. Strassburger also served as the Director of the Center for Regional Studies at Hiram College and was a member of the Hiram College History Department from 1970 to 1982, and was co-director of the Hiram in Dublin program.
During the more than 15 years John Strassburger was president of Ursinus College, summer research fellowships, study abroad and a nationally hailed "Common Intellectual Experience" first-year course have become the college's hallmarks. During Dr. Strassburger's presidency, the campus was transformed by his commitment to the liberal arts as evidenced by ecological open spaces, new and expanded science facilities, residence halls, The Floy Lewis Bakes Field House, renovations of the main academic building Bomberger Hall, The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, the Eleanor F. Snell turf field, a new wing on the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.