On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Fairfield University community will gather to honor the memory of fellow student Jana Novak ‘15, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 9.

Organized by the Feminist Girl Gang, an eclectic collection of Novak’s sisterhood of friends, the remembrance will include music, videography put together by Kara Cummings ‘15, tributes to Novak and a moment of silence.

“We wanted to do a service that really represented Jana in her truest light,” said Victoria Kan-Long ‘15. “The service is meant to honor just some of the many things we admired and loved about Jana, her artistic talents and incredible musical taste.”

A resident of Shelton, Conn., Jana was a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Known among friends as a woman with a magical smile who could light up any room, Novak touched the lives of everyone she encountered.

“Jana has been so important to our lives,” said Andrea Butler ‘15. “We’re so happy that we have the opportunity to honor her with the Fairfield community.

The remembrance is a way for the “campus community to remember someone who was very important to us and to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her,” said Bobbi Starring ‘15.

All are welcome, she added, “to reflect on the times they had with Jana, whether it’s enjoying snacks, leaving a memory on what we hope will become a mural in her honor [or] enjoying a video montage.”


The community is welcome to gather in the Oak Room in the Barone Campus Center at 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 29. Light refreshments will be provided.

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