UA Little Rock to hold memorial service to honor students, employees who have passed away

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold a memorial service to honor all students, faculty, and staff members who have passed away in the past year. 

The service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Donaghey Student Center Upper Concourse.

“We are a large university community, so sadly sometimes we lose members of our community,” said Richard Harper, associate dean of students. “We have created this event to remember and honor the lives of those members who have passed away.”

The memorial service will be the first of an annual event to honor and commemorate the lives of all students, faculty and staff members and recently retired employees who have passed away throughout the academic year.

During the ceremony, Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, vice chancellor for student affairs, will deliver the welcome address, followed by Jennifer Dodson, director of the Student Experience Center, who will recite the poem, “We Will Remember.” UA Little Rock alumna and violinist Karen Jarboe will perform “Be Thou My Vision,” “Bach’s Air,” and “Ashokan Farewell.”

Student Government Association President Brian Gregory will read the names of UA Little Rock family members who have passed away, followed by a moment of silence.

The students who have died during the 2017-18 academic year include Emily Cook, Jason Cosper, Margaret Garrett, Michael Hargrove, William Kendrick, Brad Orell, Joseph Pollock, and Domorion Williams.

UA Little Rock employees who will be remembered include Karen Russ, research and community engagement librarian and associate professor, and Carol Tucker, administrative support supervisor at the Benton Campus.

For more information, contact Harper at 501-569-3328 or

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