We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic and untimely passing of CEU alumna Erica Lane-Tamuza (USA, LEGS 2003), wife of fellow alumnus Kristaps Tamuzs (Latvia, LEGS 2003), on June 1, 2012 in the Hague, Netherlands.
Erica was a beloved spouse, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was a graduate of CEU's Legal Studies program, as well as The Ellis School of Georgetown University and The University of Pittsburgh Law School. Until her untimely passing, she worked as a legal officer with the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague.
In 2011, CEU's Alumni Relations & Career Services and Development offices worked together with CEU alumnus, recipient of CEU's 20th Anniversary Alumni Hero Award, Bruce Lasky (USA, LEGS '03), and Bridges Across Borders South East Asia: Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) to establish a new award program for Legal Masters Human Rights Program graduates of CEU.
In 2011, fifteen alumni representing the CEU Alumni Chapter in Belarus initiated a volunteer-driven fundraising campaign which resulted in the successful establishment of the Vitali Silitski Supplementary Scholarship at CEU in memory of the late CEU alumnus and distinguished Belarusian scholar.
The scholarship in the amount of 750 USD (or more, depending on the success of the campaign) per annum is intended to be awarded to one outstanding Belarusian student of CEU every year.