Athens, Ga. – Thirty-nine University of Georgia students, faculty and staff who have died since last May will be remembered at the university’s annual candlelight memorial service April 29 at 7 p.m. at the University Chapel.
The service, called “Georgia Remembers…A Candlelight Memorial,” has been held each spring since 2000 to help the university community find comfort while honoring deceased friends, family members and colleagues.
Twenty-four students, 13 staff members and two faculty members will be remembered in the ceremony. Each name will be read aloud, followed by the toll of a bell and lighting of a candle.
The names will be read by Connor McCarthy, president of the Student Government Association; William Vencill, chair of the University Council Executive Committee; and Shannon Scott, president of Staff Council. Members of the Arch Society will light candles
UGA President Michael F. Adams will make opening remarks and introductions. Southern Wind Quintet, a student woodwind group from the Hodgson School of Music, will play, and representatives of the Campus Ministry Association will offer opening and closing prayers.
The Chapel Bell, traditionally rung at this service, will not be available due to repairs on the bell and its tower. A large bell that sits on the plaza in front of Snelling Dining Hall will be moved to the Chapel for the service, then returned to Snelling.
Students whose names will be read are:
Madeline J. Chirico, incoming freshman from Stockbridge; Omotola Aderibigbe, incoming freshman from Atlanta; Matthew E. Lewis, junior majoring in management, Lawrenceville; Tammy Nhu, first year pharmacy student, Tifton; Jane H. Davis, graduate student in French, Decatur; Rebekah A. Rogers, sophomore wildlife major, St. Simons Island; Dylan R. Kaufman, junior finance major, Atlanta; Danielle J. Dieteman, freshman majoring in animal health, Millen;
Adelina R. Martin, graduate student in Spanish, Milledgeville; Leslie D. Brown, graduate student in mathematics education. Elberton; Zachary B. Rose, freshman from St. Simons Island; Israel S. Tyree, graduate student in public health, Athens; Aaron B. Reynolds, sophomore pre-business major, Midland; Meredith H. Jones, graduate student in music education, Athens; Michael J.Hendrickson, senior majoring in recreation and leisure studies, Martinez; Andrew T. Mason, graduate student in instructional technology, Columbus;
Cayle R. Bywater, graduate student majoring in internet technology, Athens; Joshua D. Willis, junior speech communication major, Americus; Russell Anderson of Waynesboro, who was pursuing an undergraduate degree in forestry; Katherine I. Kerstetter, graduate student in recreation and leisure studies, Peabody, Mass.; Robert W. Farrar, freshman from Apex, N.C.; Bijalkumar (Bijal) P. Patel, graduate student in microbiology, Bronx, N.Y.; Andrea N. King, senior majoring in entomology, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; and Tierra S. Bardley, freshman pre-nursing major, Atlanta.
Faculty and staff whose names will be read are:
Rachel C. Dunn, physical plant; David E. Galewski, associate professor of mathematics; Yvonne C. Ivie, campus transit; Paul D. Winne, physical plant; Walter G. Barefoot, procurement; Eddie H. Hunter, EITS; Brenna J. Garrison, external affairs; Andrew J. Permar, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Jonathan O. Askew, physical plant; Jessie E. Ancayan, food services; Chor P. Lo, professor of geography; Edward J. Hull, food services; Watson Jones, physical plant; Paul Vendrell, feed and environmental water lab; and Sandra White, physical plant.