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Oct. 7, 2022

Media Advisory: Candlelight vigil at Old Main

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of Thomas Meixner, professor and head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Meixner was killed in a campus shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

The event will take place on the University of Arizona Mall east of Old Main at 8 p.m. tonight. In the event of rain, the vigil will take place on the Old Main veranda. University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins and Father Emmanuel Taylor, associate pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, will speak. University leadership will not be available for interviews at this event.

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Media contact:
Pam Scott
University Communications

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2020 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $761 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 66 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For the latest on the University of Arizona response to the novel coronavirus, visit the university's COVID-19 webpage.

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