An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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Shannon Nicole Sakosits '17 Shannon Nicole Sakosits '17
September 23, 1994 November 11, 2015

Shannon Nicole Sakosits was an Integrated Marketing Communications major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and member of the class of 2017. A Dean’s List student who grew up in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Shannon was a bright, witty writer with aspirations of moving to New York City to work in marketing after graduation.

A curious mind and an adventurous spirit, Shannon took every possible opportunity to learn. She frequently attended music festivals, loved to explore art museums, and was an avid reader and writer. She was passionate about traveling, having made her first trip abroad to London in 2014 with her mother. She relished the opportunity to explore a new city and learn about a different culture, and had hoped to study abroad in Spain.

Shannon had a warm heart – she was always smiling and laughing – and wanted to bring love, light, and happiness to friends and strangers alike. Shannon passed away in Ithaca, and is remembered by her loving parents, Kathleen McCoy Sakosits and Brian Sakosits; her two brothers, Ryan and Michael; and her boyfriend Spiros “Nick” Segalas-Shaw.

In memory of Shannon, friends and family planted a tree next to the Park School. It is an oak tree, which can grow to be 100 feet tall. They specifically chose an oak because it is native to Ithaca and known for its longevity.