Issued:  8-2012

I.  Purpose:  To create a policy and process that facilitates requests to memorialize or recognize individuals who have made a significant impact to the college.

II.  General:  The College receives four types of requests related to memorials and recognition:

  1. Memorialize a deceased faculty or staff member (current or retired)
  2. Memorialize a student who dies while enrolled
  3. Memorialize a deceased alumnus
  4. Recognize a living faculty or staff member (current or retired)

The preferred method of recognizing a deceased person is by contribution to the unrestricted scholarship fund, a named scholarship fund or other naming opportunity. If a specific memorial is requested, the following options are available.

  1. Memorialize a deceased faculty or staff member

A public area (potentially the Berndt Hall lobby) will be established as the “memorial” plaque area.  A memorial wall will be designed and memorial plaques will be of consistent size.  Those wishing to have a deceased person recognized will be required to donate a minimum of $5,000 to the Fort Lewis College Foundation unrestricted scholarship fund.  A portion of the contribution will be used for the creation and installation of the plaque.

  1. Memorialize a student who dies while enrolled

A public area within the Student Union will be established as the Student Memorial plaque area.  A memorial wall will be designed and memorial plaques will be of consistent size.  In accordance with the ASFLC Constitution, the ASFLC will be responsible for installing a nameplate on the student memorial wall.

  1. Memorialize a deceased alumnus

A public area within the Student Union will be established as the Alumni Memorial plaque area.  A memorial wall will be designed and memorial plaques will be of consistent size.  Those wishing to have a deceased person recognized will be required to donate a minimum of $5,000 to the Fort Lewis College Foundation unrestricted scholarship fund.  A portion of the contribution will be used for the creation and installation of the plaque.

  1. Recognize a living faculty or staff member

Only an academic or administrative department can request recognition for a living faculty or staff member, for approval by the appropriate Vice President/President.  The recognition will be required to be displayed within the requesting department’s assigned physical space and may not cause permanent alteration of the building

III.  Process:

Those wishing to memorialize a deceased student or faculty/staff member, student or alumnus should contact the Fort Lewis College Foundation.  The Foundation staff will be responsible for assisting the requestor related to donation amounts, potential naming opportunities, and wording for the plaque.  Additionally, foundation staff will order the plaque and arrange for installation.

Existing memorial plaques that are displaced as campus changes are made may be consolidated to locations identified within this policy.

Related Policies:

Official Building Names

Fort Lewis College Foundation