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08.15.08

Cassandra Scott Memorial Scholarship established

Cassandra Scott Memorial Scholarship established

On July 27, 2008, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences lost one of our own when Cassandra Scott was killed in a car accident. Scott was committed to her veterinary medical education and was very active in many organizations within the college. She was passionate about orthopedics, her friends, and her cat, Gatsby, who was also lost in the accident.

A fourth year veterinary medical student, Scott would have graduated with her DVM in May 2009. During her time at the college, Scott served as president of the Student Chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Feline Practitioners group. She also was in charge of the orthopedic/rehabilitation room during the college's annual Open House for the past two years. Scott touched many lives while at Texas A&M as both an undergraduate and as a veterinary medical school student, and will be missed by not only her family, but also the entire college.

In honor of her memory, her fellow students have established the Cassandra Scott Memorial Scholarship fund within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Donations can be made by check payable to the Texas A&M Foundation with "Cassandra Scott Scholarship" included on the memo line. Checks/donations should be mailed to: College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4461.

Scott to be honored by Silver Taps Tuesday night

Cassandra Scott '09 and Gatsby

Silver Taps will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in honor of Cassandra Scott and five other A&M students on the Texas A&M campus. The ceremony begins at 10:30 p.m. in front of the Academic Building.

Silver Taps is a tribute paid to an Aggie who, at the time of his or her death, was enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional courses at Texas A&M University.

The ceremony begins on the day of Silver Taps when the flag in front of the Academic Building is placed at half-staff. Notices are posted at the Memorial Student Center, Evans Library, and at the base of the flagpole in front of the Academic Building. At 10:15 p.m., chimes from the Albritton Bell Tower begin to play. The ceremony begins at 10:30 o'clock as the Ross Volunteers Firing Squad marches in slow cadence to the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Three volleys are fired. "Silver Taps" is played by six buglers three times - to the North, West, and South. This concludes the ceremony, but not the feelings of respect and honor.

The ceremony of Silver Taps is dedicated to the deceased Aggie and is a solemn and serious event. Some important observances must be remembered:

  • The area between the Sul Ross statue and the Academic Building is reserved for the friends and family of the deceased.
  • Aggies do not stand or sit on the benches lining the walkway between the flagpole and the Sul Ross statue.
  • The darkness and quiet, which cover the campus, emphasize the mood for Silver Taps. Aggies help to retain this tranquility by covering windows, keeping noise to a minimum, and walking to and from the ceremony without talking.
  • The name of the deceased Aggie is posted on the flagpole base during the day of Silver Taps.


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