Western alums Reg Moody Jr. and Angela MoodyCULLOWHEE - Western Carolina University alumni Reg Moody Jr. and Angela Moody of Moody Funeral Home in Sylva recently donated a black granite marker to honor the memories of the university’s deceased students.

The granite marker, located near a heavily traveled walkway on the historic hill area of Western’s campus, was unveiled May 1 as part of an annual tree-planting ceremony to remember students who have died during the past year.

The WCU Division of Student Affairs planted an eastern redbud tree in memory of two students who passed away during the 2002-03 academic year - Jacob Spencer Medford, a freshman from Marion, and Sondra Michelle Diaz of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., a recent graduate.

Both Medford and Diaz were the victims of fatal traffic accidents.

“Through this ceremony, we try to demonstrate in a modest way our commitment to caring and concern for members of our community, especially our students,” said Robert Caruso, Western’s vice chancellor for student affairs. “This is a time to pause, reflect and remember these students. To their families and friends, we want you to know that we share your grief and your sorrow. We believe that it is very important for the university to take time to honor these students, for your loss is indeed our community’s loss.”

University representatives also presented roses and engraved crystal bells to family members of the students memorialized at the tree-planting service.

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