Celia Barquin Arozamena to be honored at Saturday football game, additional memorial services on students to plan


Former Iowa State women’s golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday, Sept. 18 at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. “Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador,” said ISU Athletics Director Jamie Pollard.

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In the wake of Iowa State student Celia Barquin Arozamena’s death, the university does not have a memorial service planned, said University Relations Director John McCarroll.

Instead, the responsibility of hosting memorial services lies with members of the student body.

“In the past there have been trees planted or benches with inscriptions set up [in the student’s memory],” McCarroll said. “If there’s going to be a vigil or other service it will be organized by students or a campus organization.”

Student organizations have hosted services for departed students in the past. The Iowa State Chinese Students and Scholars Associations set up a vigil service at the Campanile in October 2014 after 20-year-old Iowa State student Shao Tong was murdered by her boyfriend.

In December 2015 the student body also mourned the death of 18-year-old Emmalee Jacobs after a fatal hit-and-run accident during finals week. Iowa State Collegiate Women in Business raised $25,000 in donations for a scholarship in her name, and the Greg Rhinehart family donated a bench and a cherry tree in her memory.

McCarroll said Barquin Arozamena will be honored during the football game next Saturday, but he isn’t aware of any other services being planned at this time.