Jul 222008
Authors: Shari Blackman

Rebecca Allen’s memorial service drew a crowd of 300 at the CSU oval today.

Nearly 300 students, faculty, family, friends, and bicyclists, gathered today at the CSU oval to honor and remember avid cyclist and CSU staff member Rebecca Allen who died Tuesday when she was hit by a car while riding her bike.

Allen graduated CSU in 2002 with a degree in technical journalism. Department Chair, Greg Luft said the faculty and staff of the journalism department recruited her back to fill the position of undergraduate program administrator.

“Over the years we talked about ways to keep Rebecca around because we thought so much of her,” Luft said.

At the request of her family, attendants of the memorial wore flip-flops, because Allen was a self-described “flip-flop kind of girl,” said friend and co-worker Chris Bartholomew.

The CSU oval was chosen for Allen’s memorial service because, “The oval was a special place to Rebecca,” said her brother Jon Gumtow. “She spent a lot of time here.”

The memorial was followed by a celebration at the Rio Grande Restaurant, another of Allen’s favorite places.

Staff writer Shari Blackman can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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