A Message From Associate Dean Leah Jackson Regarding the Memorial Service at the Ferrell Center on April 25

April 24, 2013

Baylor University will host a memorial service at the Ferrell Center honoring the 14 people who lost their lives in the explosion at the West fertilizer plant.

As members of the Baylor Family and the community of Waco, Baylor Law School encourages any faculty, staff and students interested in honoring the people who died in West to please feel free to do so either by watching the processional or attending the memorial service. We also realize that with finals starting tomorrow we understand students' need to study. If you would still like to see the memorial, we will be broadcasting a live feed in Room 122.

If you intend to study at the Law School, please be aware that some of the activities associated with the memorial service could have an impact in this area.

For students planning to study at the Law School on Thursday: Please get here early (by 9 a.m.) and plan to stay until at least 2 p.m. University Parks will remain open in the direction of I-35. Also, lunch will be available for purchase as usual in the Student Lounge.

As of Tuesday night, these are planned activities scheduled for Thursday:

  • University Parks Drive between Bagby Ave. and Gurley Lane (on the other side of La Salle) will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. A large processional of fire trucks and fire personnel will begin at Gurley Ave. at 11 a.m. and proceed to the Ferrell Center parking lot.
  • The memorial service at the Ferrell Center will begin at 2 p.m. Baylor expects the Ferrell Center to fill up, so there will be a live feed of the memorial broadcast to Waco Hall and possibly other locations on campus, such as the softball or baseball stadium.
  • The Mayborn Museum will be closed to the public, but it probably will be used as a staging area for some individuals involved with the activities.
  • Baylor might use room 127 in our building for the media.

As a result of all the activities, there will be lots of traffic in the area making driving into and out of our parking lot more difficult. Also, it is likely some people will park in our parking lot and walk down to Ferrell, which you should consider if you plan to attend the service.

You can find more information on the memorial service from Baylor University President Ken Starr here.

I will keep you updated if plans change.

Leah Jackson Associate Dean and Professor of Law Baylor University School of Law

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