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New Student Memorial Unveiled

The new memorial will eternalize the names of students who passed away during their enrollment at USF and students and alumni who passed away while serving in the military.


By Ann Carney

Tampa, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2014) - A memorial eternalizing the names of students who passed away during their enrollment at USF and students and alumni who passed away while serving in the military was unveiled during an emotional ceremony today on the Tampa campus. Located on Crescent Hill next to the USF flags and crepe myrtle trees, the USF Student Memorial was conceived and funded by Student Government on behalf of the student body. Student Government worked in collaboration with USF Administrative Services, Facilities Planning and Construction, and Physical Plant Ground Department to complete the project.

“We wanted a place for family and friends to come and remember loved ones and reflect on their time and accomplishments at USF,” says Student Body President Jean Cocco.

The focal point of the memorial is a 5-foot granite wall inscribed with 49 names (the names of students who passed in 2014 will be added in January 2015). A star appears alongside the names of fallen military members. Curved seating, a colorful landscape, granite pavers and water features invite visitors to pause, rest, listen and remember.

Cocco, who assembled a student committee last year to work on the project, says the university began formally collecting the names of students who passed away during their enrollment in 2009.

“The USF Student Memorial is a reminder to all that life is precious and fleeting,” says designer and project manager Chadaphan Hanwisai, who worked closely with the student committee to design the memorial.

The memorial includes three water features. The most prominent of the features, a circular fountain, symbolizes life and masks nearby sounds. Water flowing between the seats symbolizes the passing of life, while still water in the reflecting pool represents eternity.

“Every aspect of this project was a true and meaningful collaboration between students and the university to honor those whose lives were lost too soon,” says Sandy Lovins, vice president for Administrative Services. “The memorial is a fitting tribute and a commemoration of their common bond.”

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation.Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

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