Memorial for Brett Olson, Cal Poly student who died on Sacramento River, is Monday

Brett Olson is circled in red in this photo provided by his family.
Brett Olson is circled in red in this photo provided by his family.

A candlelight vigil for Cal Poly student Brett Olson, who died on the Sacramento River after a Labor Day weekend inner-tube float, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the University Union Plaza.

Several people will speak about Olson, 20, including Josh Machamer, a professor in the Theatre and Dance Department, said Stephan Lamb, director of Student Life and Leadership at Cal Poly. Olson was a theater major and would have started his junior year this month.

Details are still being worked out, but other speakers may include someone from Front Porch, a ministry on the Cal Poly and Cuesta College campuses, and someone to speak about Olson’s involvement in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Olson’s family is invited to the memorial, but Lamb did not know if they plan to attend. A vigil was held Tuesday in Olson’s hometown of Lafayette and in Chico. Olson’s memorial service will be held Saturday in Lafayette.

Lamb said he noticed how Olson’s uncle, Paul Osborne, had told those arriving to Tuesday’s vigil in Lafayette that the event was not be to a sad occasion, and would take that into account when organizing Monday’s event at Cal Poly.

The event is open to the public. For more details go to http://cla.calpoly.edu/thtrdanc.html.

“The message I hope that we start the year off is, keep yourself safe,” Lamb said. “Take care of one another.”

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