The University of Texas at Austin to Observe “UT Remembers” May 8

May 5, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — UT Remembers, a day of remembrance, will be observed at The University of Texas at Austin on Friday, May 8, honoring 157 members of the university community—students and current and retired faculty and staff—who died during the previous year.

UT Remembers, which began in 1998, has become a tradition. It brings together families, friends, colleagues and co-workers to remember those who died, to reflect upon who they were, what they gave to the institution and what they meant to the people whose lives they touched.

Lowering of the flags on the Main Mall to half-staff will begin at 8:45 a.m. as the first event of the day.

Families and friends participating in ceremonies during the day will be provided a hospitality room, Texas Union Santa Rita Room (3.502), while they are on campus. An information session on grief will be held in the hospitality room from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The UT Remembers service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Tower Garden, north of the Tower and Main Building. Names of people being remembered will be read aloud, and a Tower bell will toll in tribute. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be relocated to the Texas Union Ballroom.

Complimentary parking for event participants is available in the San Antonio Parking Garage. Shuttle Service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between the San Antonio Parking Garage and UT Remembers activities.

In honor of those being remembered, the university Tower lights will be darkened from dusk to dawn. As the sun sets, the only areas of the Tower that will be glowing with white light will be the cap and observation deck. No other areas of the Tower will be illuminated.

A list of those being remembered is available on the UT Remembers Web site.

UT Remembers is a program of UT Cares, a campus-wide committee formed in 1996 to provide support to the university community in times of trauma or loss.

Note to Editors/Producers: Parking for satellite and microwave trucks providing "Live" coverage of the UT Remembers flag-lowering ceremony Friday morning (May 8) will be provided on Inner Campus Drive in spaces just east of the steps from the Main Plaza. These spaces will be marked by traffic cones. Other news vehicles may secure parking from the guard booth at 24th and Whitis streets. All media covering the 2 p.m. UT Remembers ceremony in the Tower Garden should secure parking from the guard booth as well. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before these ceremonies begin and dress appropriately for the occasion. Members of the media are requested to be sensitive to the emotions of those gathered for the program.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

1 Comment to "The University of Texas at Austin to Observe “UT Remembers” May 8"

1.  Eileen Palmer said on June 1, 2009

My 18-year-old daughter Chelsea was involved in an auto accident her first night home after completing her first semester at The University of Texas at Austin. She died a week later from her injuries. My family attended UT Remembers 2008, and I thought that would put that part of my life behind me forever. I am thankful to the university for honoring our loved ones. My heart still aches for my beautiful daughter, but I have so many wonderful memories of our short time at UT and the caring people we met. Thank you for remembering. Eileen Palmer