Past Rams remembered

Students, faculty and alumni honor departed members of ASU

By Eirin Albritton
On October 14, 2016

The Office of Communication and Marketing honored 83 Rams who died within the last year during the Ram Remembrance Ceremony at the Alumni Center Oct. 4. 

“I think the most important thing is that we are remembering people who passed,” Peyton LaBauve, Student Government Association president said.
74 alumni, three faculty and four students, Eriq Chmielewski, sophomore, Matthew Freeman, junior, Adrian M. Fernandez, senior, and Kelsey Webb, senior, were honored during the ceremony. 

“We have faculty, staff and students come together to give memorial for not only these people, but also for the members of the Angelo State community,” LaBauve said.

About 200 family members and students came together. For every name that was called a family member lit a candle and placed it on a pedestal. By the end of the ceremony, there were 83 candles on the pedestal representing each Ram soul.

“The moments during Ram Remembrance that touched me the most were the moments during which nothing was happening,” LaBauve said.

There was a flute player performing for the ceremony before and after the moments of silence

English and Modern Languages Department Chair Dr. Laurence E. Musgrove read a poem titled “Fait Lux,” Latin for “Let there be light,” to the audience.

“You could hear weeping and people confiding in each other,” LaBuave said. “It was a phenomenal, powerful, touching moment of memory.”

About 20 Leaders of ASU’s Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate and Alumni Association board members volunteered as ushers during the ceremony. At the end of the remembrance, ASU Block and Bridle Club rang the Spirit Bell for every person being remembered as everyone walked out of the Alumni Center.

The ceremony was planned out and coordinated by Brittney Miller, ASU marketing specialist. 

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