Jerrod Greider Memorial Service
More than 200 students, faculty and staff gathered at the Foster Clock Tower on May 5 to honor Jerrod Greider '14, a senior history/secondary education major who passed away on April 29. Jerrod had his sights set on teaching history in the secondary grades, following in the footsteps of his mother Kathleen, who is the Superintendent of Schools in Farmington.
Father Larry LaPointe opened the service, noting that the clock tower ws the center of campus and the place the University community gathers to lift up the memory of community members who have fallen. "We are very saddened today by the loss of such a young life, one with such promise," he said.
President Elsa Núñez noted Jerrod's passion for teaching and the kindness and support he provided the children who he taught. Supervising teachers in his other clinical experiences described Jerrod as "sensitive" and "kind," an "intelligent future teaching professional" having "the qualities sought in a caring, compassionate teacher."
Marc Provera, one of Jerrod's 13-year-old students at Illing Middle School in Manchester, wrote the following about his student teacher: "Mr. Greider loved everyone he met. Every person that knew him loved him as well. . . I will never forget the first day he came to our school. You could tell that he was happy to be there. He touched the hearts of many students, friends, teachers, and family."
History Club Vice President Joe Garzone also spoke at the service: "I will never forget when I first met Jerrod at a History Club meeting my freshman year. His character, intelligence, and wit commanded respect from all our members. His personality made him someone everyone could get along with and he enjoyed their presence as well."
Music for event was provided by guitarist Morgan Brown; members of the Chamber Singers, accompanied by Eric Ouellette on keyboards; and vocalists Emily Riggs and Melinda DeDominicis.
More than 60 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Student Center on May 2 to participate in "The Le Le Project: The Life and Legacy of Alyssiah Marie Wiley," a celebration the life of Wiley, who passed away a year ago, a victim of domestic violence. Wiley was a Psychology major with a minor in Biology and was a member of Eastern's FEMALES organization.
Father Larry LaPointe opened the service, remarking on the silence that fell over the room as one of respect. Wiley's life of was caught in a "different type of silence," he said, "a silence that is dangerous and one that should compel the campus community to do its part in ending the silence."
Starsheemar Byrum, coordinator of Eastern's Women's Center and Sexual Assault Response team, remembered Wiley for her beauty and determination to succeed. Student Deidre Montague sang a tribute to Wiley. Shereen Moore, president of FEMALES, who spearheaded The Le Le Project, discussed some of Wiley's joys, and Eastern's Fusion Dance Team delivered an energetic tribute in Wiley's memory.
Onya Harris, one of Wiley's mentors, delivered the keynote address, encouraging the audience to understand that while one may experience hardships and difficulties, one must embody the strength and courage to call on friends, family and support groups to help them land on their feet."
FEMALES, MALES, NOW, PRIDE Alliance, West Indian Society, Peace and Human Rights, the Intercultural Center and the Women's Center all participated in the The Le Le Project memorial service. Wiley's mother and family attended the event and expressed their gratitude for the tribute.