By: Emily Pacillo
Students and faculty at USC are mourning the death of a psychology professor, and are remembering her vibrant personality.
Kendra Ogletree-Cusaac passed away Monday at age 45 of a heart attack. She had worked closely with student athletes, and built personal relationships with her students and fellow staff.
USC's Psychology Department put up a blank banner in the main hallway where students and faculty can write a personal message remembering their favorite professor and friend.
"Dr. Cusaac was one of those people that would just light up a room the moment she walked in," said Melanie Cromier, a USC student and athlete.
Cromier is on the Equestrian team and said she remembers Professor Cusaac as being a positive role model that was more than just a teacher to her.
"I'm from Massachusetts so I'm pretty far away so she was always my home away from home, she was a great woman," said Cromier.
Rhea Merck worked closely with Cusaac for 15 years and remembers her love for life.
"She was always happy, always friendly, always reaching out, you couldn't be around her and not engage with her or be engaged by her because she was just that kind of person," said Merck.
The memories of these faculty members and students will be cherished in their everyday lives.
"Kendra Ogletree-Cusaac is one of those bright shining lights in our world and it just leaves a horrible hole, I think it's going to take 12 people to fill her fabulous shoes and anyone who knew her knew about her fabulous shoes," said Merck.
USC's Psychology Department lost a memorable individual this week, but her vibrant personality will never be forgotten.