We Will Always Remember
Thursday, Sep. 21, 2006
A remembrance gathering in honor of the eight Utah State University students and instructor killed a year ago in a university van accident will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Utah State Taggart Student Center ballroom.
The event is part of the annual Ag Week that marks the one year anniversary of the van accident. The rollover occurred while the students and instructor were returning from an agriculture field trip near Tremonton, Utah.
Students killed in the accident were Steven Bair, Dusty Fuhriman, Justin Gunnell, Justin Huggins, Jonathan Jorgensen, Curtis Madsen, Ryan McEntire and Bradley Wilcox. Their instructor Evan Parker was also killed. Students Robbie Peterson and Jared Nelson survived the accident.
“The purpose of the remembrance gathering is for the campus community to reflect on the past and set the tone for the future,” said Tiffany Evans, director of USU’s student involvement and leadership center. “We want to demonstrate love for the families involved, support for the survivors and continued hope for the future of Utah State University.”
The gathering will include remarks by Utah State President Stan L. Albrecht, Vice President for Extension and Agriculture Noelle Cockett, student Agriculture Senator Logan Ipsen and others.
“The remembrance gathering is a time for the university family to come together and honor the contributions of the exceptional men we lost a year ago,” said Noelle Cockett, vice president for extension and agriculture. “It is also a time to look forward to the promising future they would want us to embrace.”
The Agriculture Technology club is sponsoring a tractor procession on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 4:30-6 p.m. The procession will be led by 11 tractors symbolizing each person involved in the accident. Survivor Robbie Peterson will be driving his own tractor.
Following the initial 11 tractors, additional tractors will join the procession. The route begins in the lower Dee Glen Smith Spectrum parking lot, travels south on 800 East, turns east on 700 north and arrives at the TSC where the 11 symbolic tractors will be parked prior to the remembrance gathering. The Ag Tech club hopes to make a tractor parade a future tradition of Ag Week.
The Carillon Bells in Old Main Tower will ring 9 times at 6:15 p.m. that evening in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the accident. The “A” on the tower will also be lit blue.
Blue, white and maize wristbands with an “A” and the words “Always Remember,” donated by Reminder Band, will be on sale for $1 on the USU campus at the TSC and the agriculture building. Proceeds benefit the College of Agriculture Memorial Sculpture Fund.
A Web site has been created for the campus, community, friends and family to post thoughts and remembrances.
An mp3 version for public downloading is available of the song “Thank God for What You Planted,” specially commissioned in memory of the eight Utah State University students and their instructor who lost their lives in a Sept. 26, 2005, van crash outside of Tremonton, Utah: Download the song.
Contact: Tiffany Evans (435) 797-2911Writer: Whitney Wilkinson (435) 797-8286