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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
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
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
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
- 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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