In Loving Memory

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In Loving Memory of Ken Hoang

On January 13th, 2014 we lost an incredible part of our organization. Ken had contributed his passion and devotion to VSAM since 2007. In 2010-2011, Ken exhibited his leadership as the Treasurer on VSAM’s Executive Board. He was the underdog that election year, but his commitment and beloved personality won us all over. He was involved in many student events where he built and maintained relationships with the Vietnamese and University communities.

Ken had a great sense of humor, zest for life, and an infectious grin. His humble service to others and the community was a model to be followed. He was a loving son and loyal friend, and had touched the lives of so many people around him. No one could escape his presence without a laugh or smile. His fun-loving personality has made a lasting impact on those closest to him as well as acquaintances.

Ken’s passing has left a palpable hole in our community, and with time, we will heal and grow stronger together, but his memories and spirit will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to Ken’s family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss him more than words can say, and will be forever grateful to be able to have him as part of our VSAM family.

We ask you to please join us in helping his family by donating to Ken’s memorial fund. Rest in peace, Ken, we love you.

Ken Hoang’s Memorial Fund

In Loving Memory of Lauren Li

Lauren was involved in many communities and was able to deeply touch all of them, including our own. She contributed to a multitude of student groups, loved to dance, and wanted to pursue a career in the health field to continue helping others. Her laughter and smiles could be heard from across the room, and she spread it to the people around her effortlessly.

This past Monday, Lauren demonstrated true selflessness and bravery in a moment of tragedy. She will always be remembered throughout our VSAM community for her larger than life personality. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this tragic time and we continue to keep Lauren and her closest in our thoughts.

Please help the Li family by donating to Lauren’s memorial fund. May she rest in peace. Lauren, we love you.

Lauren Li’s Memorial Fund

To Our Adored Quoc Viet Hoang,

You are an irreplaceable member of our VSAM community. Since the beginning of your involvement, your kind spirit has brought enormous joy to our organization. You are an inspiration to everyone for exhibiting your bravery and strength. We cannot explain how thankful we are to have you in our VSAM family.

We wish you a fast and peaceful recovery. You are in our thoughts, always. We love you.

VSAM Family,

It is a difficult time and we want you to know that it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions and to experience changes in sleeping, eating, and other life experiences during the grief process. We encourage you to practice good self-care during this difficult time—including sharing your feelings with others, giving yourself permission to experience your grief, and letting yourself express your emotions openly.

For students, we also encourage you to seek support for coping with your grief by using the campus resources listed below, or the counseling/mental health resources available in the community where you are residing over break.



  • The family of John Vietnam Nguyen expresses our deep sorrow and condolences to the friends and family of Ken and Lauren.
    Losing our own son in a tragic drowning incident, we can fully understand the depth of such a tremendous loss of young lives. Our hearts go out to the community as we share your grief. Peace.

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