Colleagues & friends remember Rebekah Hoppel Salcedo


A celebration of life was held on Friday, March 8, for Rebekah Hoppel Salcedo, government director of the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office, who died of a sudden sickness on February 16.

Salcedo was 36 years previous. She is survived by her husband Edgar and her many pets – two canine, a snake, a turtle and a turtle – in addition to her dad and mom, her two brothers, and a bigger household residing in Maryland.

Salcedo joined the school of the University of Arizona in 2008 and moved from a monetary care supplier to the primary Student Scholarship Services Coordinator for Scholarship Universe, which she served in improvement, after which to the place of director. Last 12 months, she reached the "Tucson & # 39; s Top 40 under 40" record.

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"It was a very sad, hard day," says Kasandra Urquidez, vice chairman of enrollment administration and the progress of scholar affairs and the dean of undergraduate admissions. "People didn't want to get there, because that meant a little too much final, but I think it helped people to close the grief they felt and to celebrate her life together."

Urquidez helped set up Salcedo & # 39; s celebration of the life occasion that happened within the Crow Hall of the Fred Fox School of Music. Many of Salcedo's colleagues & # 39; s have made donations to engrave a stone along with her identify within the Women & # 39; s Plaza of Honor, and they’re acquire funds by the UA Foundation to create a scholarship in her reminiscence.

Urquidez mentioned it was a collective determination to create the inventory market to maintain her legacy alive.

"We were sad and wondered what we could do," she mentioned. "I think she would like us to continue supporting students and taking the lessons she has taught us to take them forever."

Bobbi Lehman, Director of Compliance on the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office, mentioned Salcedo not solely had affect within the UA group, but additionally supported ladies all over the world.

Salcedo was a member of the Tucson Junior League board and volunteered for the American Association of University Women and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. To point out a number of of the various issues she has carried out: Salcedo provided microcredits for ladies to begin companies, inspired coaching alternatives for women in Central Asia and supported Charity Water in its efforts to deliver clear water to distant areas which, in return, helped younger ladies in these areas go to high school as a substitute of spending their days strolling to search out water.

"But it was the little things she always did that helped make a difference," Lehman mentioned about what made her an excellent chief.

Lehman, who had identified Salcedo for greater than a decade, mentioned that Salcedo had a particular approach of recognizing individuals. She would do issues like ship private handwritten playing cards to her colleagues, regardless of how busy she was.

"I was always surprised. & # 39; How did she find the time to write this? & # 39; She really appreciated the staff," Lehman mentioned.

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Natalya Williams, an administrative assistant administrative assistant, mentioned Salcedo grew to become an inspiring companion, a really cool good friend and a sober & # 39; huge sister & # 39; for her throughout the three years that she labored below Salcedo.

"Rebekah – she wasn't afraid to admit what she didn't know and was also willing to be in the front line," mentioned Williams. "She was humble and did what she could to help so many students."

Lehman mentioned that Salcedo "walked through the office and created so much positive energy for everyone." She mentioned that everybody on the workplace would anticipate her if she got here to say hey. Williams additionally added that the workplace will miss most of the tales that Salcedo would inform about her numerous travels and her many pets.

"There are so many sides to Rebekah that many people didn't know," Lehman mentioned. "Of course there’s a skilled aspect and a private aspect, however it’s how a lot she wished and has an influence on the world in such a short while. If you learn the Facebook messages that individuals wrote about how she has their life touched, it’s greater than she would notice … I don't assume she is aware of how a lot of a distinction she actually made. & # 39;

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