University Center hosts memorial display

ASU opens semester mourning the loss of a departed Ram

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On January 24, 2020

 Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Ulises Frausto’s portrait shines in the limelight, located in the Houston Harte University Center. Frausto was a junior majoring in marketing and management.


Amongst the daily commotion of din­ers and visitors in the Houston Harte Univer­sity Center hangs a lone blue and gold flag in remembrance. Student Affairs and the SGA on Jan. 17 placed an ASU flag underneath the main stairwell in honor of a student who passed away.

Twenty-one-year-old Ulises Valentin Frausto, junior, from Roby, Texas, passed away on Dec 15, 2019. The computer science major was one of two casualties of a 2 a.m. car accident along Loop 306 by Furniture Row.

Beginning early Friday morning, stu­dents and faculty had the opportunity to pass by the tribute and share stories of Frausto’s im­pact.

“Ulises made every person he met and every situation they may be going through feel valued,” sophomore Mackenzie Subia said. “Even when we were in high school, he always tried to lift other people up.”

During his time at ASU, Frausto spent time as a member of the Association of Mexi­can-American Students.

“Ulises was a close friend of mine since we both started class here and joined AMAS around the same time,” said Cody Vasquez, AMAS recruitment and alumni chair. “I didn’t know a lot of people at first, but he and a few other guys instantly gravitated towards me and formed a close group. He was a real down-to-earth guy.”

AMAS President Eryck Rodriguez said how easily Frausto’s personality brightened people's days.

“I personally met him through Cody one evening and he was so comfortable to talk to,” Rodriguez said. “He had such a distinct laugh.”

Originally, Student Affairs, SGA, and MSAP collaborated during Homecoming to pay homage to current students and alumni who have passed away, but inspiration from other universities helped lay the groundwork for a new tradition.

Dr. Javier Flores, vice president of stu­dent affairs and enrollment management, said the concept of a flag memorial came from Texas Tech University, ASU’s sister school.

“Since our main flagpole isn’t on a path most folks often pass by, we came up with the idea to place the flag in an area with high traffic to bring it to the student's attention,” Flores said.

Flores said he hoped through this trag­edy, the campus community can come closer together by sharing their experiences for those who might not have known Frausto.

“This gives our students, faculty and staff, the Ram Fam, an opportunity to gain even the slightest bit of closure or healing while in mourning,” he said.

“Ulises has the kindest soul I’ve met,” junior Kimber Ragan said at the memorial. “If there’s one way I want him to be remembered, it’s with that smile that could light up an entire room.”

The original version of this story incorrectly identified Ulises Frausto as a management and marking major. Frausto was a computer science major.


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