Class Gift Pays Tribute to Fallen Students
DuBois – Penn State DuBois' class of 2011 and the Student Government Association (SGA) presented their senior class gift at the spring commencement ceremonies. The gift, a memorial stone, pays tribute to all enrolled Penn State DuBois students who have lost their lives.
The idea of the stone as a class gift was spurred by the tragic loss of two students, Jordan Andrulonis and Shane Horner, in a single autumn weekend in 2009.
Andrulonis, 22, of DuBois, was a mechanical engineering major and Dean's List student. He was also a member of the Penn State DuBois wrestling team and active in intramural athletics. He drowned at Treasure Lake on Saturday, September 12, 2009.
Horner, 18, of Brockway, was a freshman and First Year Senator in the SGA. He also volunteered with Service Above Self (SAS). He was killed in a car crash on Sunday, September 13, 2009.
"The SGA wanted to pay tribute to not only Shane Horner and Jordan Andrulonis that passed on that tragic weekend, but also to all of the Penn State DuBois students that were taken too soon," said SGA Upper-class Senator Chris Kolp in a speech during commencement ceremonies. "With this memorial, remembrance of all those lost will be established for generations to come. Although they may not physically be with us, they continue to inspire us as our memories of them live on."
An inscription on the stone reads, "We are all leaves on the tree of life. Unfortunately, some of our leaves fall too soon." The stone is now on display near the Lion Shrine on the campus of Penn State DuBois.
The memorial stone was made possible by the generosity of the Penn State DuBois class of 2011 and a donation from Kohlhepp Stone Center of DuBois.