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Remembering Kent State

A time of political unrest across the U.S. that resulted in student deaths in Ohio and student activism in Eau Claire was commemorated this spring with the dedication of a new Kent State Memorial at UW-Eau Claire.

At 11:24 a.m. May 4, 2015, the campus community dedicated the new memorial on the lawn at the northwest corner of Phillips Science Hall. The date and time marked the 45th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings and the resulting peaceful student strike at what was then Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire to protest the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the Kent State deaths.

Four crab apple trees were planted at the site to represent the four students killed at Kent State in 1970.

Photo caption: Former state Sen. Robert Jauch, who was UW-Eau Claire’s student body president at the time of the Kent State shootings; current student body president Jake Wrasse; and Chancellor James Schmidt presided over the new Kent State Memorial dedication.