Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tree planted to honor Grossmont College nursing student

Nursing students, Hajosy's family by the newly-planted tree
A crape myrtle tree planted outside Grossmont College's Health & Sciences building on Wednesday will serve as a living tribute to Matt Hajosy, a Grossmont College nursing student who was killed in a car crash Feb. 23.

"Matt will live forever for us," said Debbie Yaddow, dean of allied health and nursing. "He was just a shining star. He always had a smile on his face."

A nursing student helps with the planting

She told the crowd of nursing students, "I want you to nurse like Matt would nurse."

The tree and a plaque honoring Hajosy were paid for by student and faculty donations. A scholarship fund set up to honor Hajosy has already raised more than $6,000.

Hajosy's mother, Jane Tea-Hajosy, said her son loved being a part of the nursing program at Grossmont College.

"This was truly Matt's happy place to be. Every day was new. Every day was exciting," she said. "I want to thank you for being his friend. I want to thank you for loving Matt."

Hajosy's father, Robert Hajosy, also thanked his son's fellow nursing students for their support.

"He really did find himself in this environment," he said. "His memory lives on in all of you."

Donations to the Matt Hajosy scholarship fund to benefit Grossmont College nursing students can be made through the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.