Student Memorial Sculpture Dedicated to Loss of Students – TommieMedia

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The Division of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Government dedicated the Student Memorial Sculpture to deceased St. Thomas students Sunday in front of St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

Friends and family members, as well as faculty and staff came together to honor the students whose lives were cut short.

“We provide a permanent place to remember their (students’) untimely deaths,” said Father Lawrence Blake.

The memorial has been under construction since fall 2017 and is intended as a place of remembrance and reflection for those who have lost a friend, family member or loved one.

“It was a sad time for our university community as four students died that year,” said Karen Lange, Vice President of Student Affairs.

Staff and students worked together to make the memorial a reality. The university created a deceased student memorial committee to develop the idea.

A national competition has been launched to find an artist to create the memorial. The memorial committee ultimately chose sculptor James Dinh to bring the idea to life.

“The basic intent of the design is that it will aid in the healing process of families and friends impacted by the loss of beloved St. Thomas students,” Dinh said.

The granite panels were installed in November 2021 and on October 7, 2022 the glass discs were installed, completing the construction of the memorial.

“Now that the project has gone from ideas in my head to drawings on paper, to physical stone and glass, I hope the University of St. Thomas community will embrace it,” Dinh said. .

Derek Badger can be reached at [email protected]

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