Vigil Memorializes a 'Beautiful, Gentle Soul'

Vigil Memorializes a ‘Beautiful, Gentle Soul’

“Here at this place, Creighton Univer­sity, a place of religious perspective and faith, we have one another,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, as more than 800 students, faculty and staff filled St. John’s Church — to pray, to cry, to reflect and to remember.

Earlier in the day on Aug. 21, at the start of Welcome Week, news that four Creighton students had been involved in a four-vehicle crash along Interstate 80 shocked the campus. Three students were injured, and Joan Ocampo-Yambing, a sophomore computer science major from Rosemount, Minnesota, was killed.

“Joan was a beautiful, gentle soul,” said HollyAnn Harris, PhD, asso­ciate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and an advisor to Ocampo-Yambing. “She had a positive attitude and faced both good times and adver­sity with equal grace.”

The four students had been traveling to get a better view of the total solar eclipse that was making its way across Nebraska that day.

The three other students — Demetra Arvanitakis, a sophomore in the College of Nursing from Overland Park, Kansas; Madalene Steichen, a soph­omore theology major from Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Will Tavis, a sophomore computer science major from Kirkwood, Missouri — were all taken to the hospital and eventually released. Kim Davlin, a 1990 Creighton occupational therapy graduate, who was in another car involved in the collision, also was hospitalized and later released.