- Students, faculty and staff of The University of Southern Mississippi
turned out Wednesday evening to pay tribute to those students who
died during the fall 2003 semester.
aside thoughts of next week's final exams to remember the deceased
during the memorial, the first of its kind at Southern Miss to honor
all students who had passed away during the course of a semester.
student Neal Kirby of Mandeville, student development coordinator
for the SGA, helped coordinate the event with the Southern Miss
Dean of Students Office. "I've been to other memorials for
individual students, and we felt like it would be good to have a
single memorial event to honor all students who had passed away
during the semester," Kirby said.
students memorialized Wednesday included Shekita Nicole Robinson
of Mound Bayou; Clifton Dale Fairley of McLain; Clifford Matthew
Cooley of Lucedale; Catherine Lindsey Crowe of Petal; Garrett Hebert
of Destrehan, La.; Jason Dunaway of Columbia; and Kristin Smith
it's a noteworthy and important gesture on behalf of the university
to recognize these students who are no longer with us," said
Dr. Eddie Holloway, Southern Miss dean of students. During the ceremony,
Holloway memorialized the deceased students as "Golden Eagles"
who would live on forever in the memory of the university family..
Assistant Dean of Students Mike Mitchell, Dr. Holloway and Loftus
helped to present plaques honoring the deceased students to family
members in attendance at the memorial.
father, Gary Hebert, expressed his family's appreciation for the
ceremony. "It takes a special group of people to take a moment
to recognize the reality that this family (the Heberts) is going
through," Gary Hebert said. Garrett Hebert would have graduated
this fall. His wife Nathoshia attended the memorial.
a good thing for us to remember these students in this way,"
said Southern Miss SGA President Jared Loftus of Sumrall. "I
know what it's like to have a family member pass away, and it's
always good to have friends and family around for support."