Students, faculty and staff members who passed away in the last year will be honored on Friday at the second annual Ravens Call event.
It is meant to show their families and the community what type of impact these individuals have had on others and on Sam Houston State University, Andrew Colarusso, Ravens Call chairman for the Orange Keys said.
This year, Ravens Call will also be honoring SHSU President Dana Gibson’s father as an honorary Bearkat.
“My mother and I are truly honored and our hearts are touched that my father is among those being remembered at Ravens Call this year,” Gibson said. “Dad loved Sam Houston State University so much, and he had a very special bond with the university community. He enjoyed being around the students, and he enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments with them.”
Along with Gibsons father, Ravens Call will be honoring about 30 individuals according to Colarusso. This includes eight students, four faculty or staff members, and 17 retired faculty and staff members.
“I also hope the attendees will be able to understand the appreciation our university has towards these individuals for their many years of service,” Colarusso said.
The speakers at Ravens Call this year will be president of Orange Keys Kalyn Cavazos; Dean of Students John Yarabeck and Colarusso.
Colarusso said that the Orange Keys want to keep Ravens Call as close as possible to tradition, so they did not change anything this year.
“We are just hoping to have a big turnout this year so that we can properly pay our respects to fellow Bearkats whom we have lost and also so that the tradition of Ravens Call carries on for a long time,” Colarusson said.
The first Ravens Call event was in 2012. The event will be held Friday at noon at the clocktower in front of the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building.