By Emmanuel Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
CSUSB alumni Arthur Arzola died in a bus accident when a FedEx tractor veered into a charter bus on their way to a tour of Humboldt State University, according to Rancho Cucamonga authorities.
Arzola or Art, as he was known, was a 2010 Sociology graduate and expected to be Director of the Inland Empire Future Leaders.
“If you never met Art, then you will never really understand what an amazing person he was. The joy with which he lived life was contagious and you couldn’t help but smile being around him,” said Rudy Casas, a fraternity brother.
Rudy Alvarenga, another fraternity brother, recalls advice Arzola had given him, “[Be] who you are, don’t let anything or anyone influence your decision. Always be you.”
Arzola was attending the University of La Verne, working toward a master’s degree in counseling, according to fraternity brother Marquis Murphy.
Arzola “lived his dream” when employed as a counselor at Humboldt State University. The Arzola family said, “He was remembered most for his passionate commitment to helping low income and first-generation students,” according to Murphy.
The members of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. have collected donations on behalf of Arzola’s family, from April 14-18, to pay for the memorial service.
Additional donations can be made through a GoFundMe account created in dedication for Arzola, www.gofundme.com/8a5snc.
Donations may remain anonymous. Contributions have been accompanied by inscribed personal messages to Arthur Arzola and his mourning friends and family.
A candlelight vigil was held in his honor at the Lower Commons on April 17 at 8:30 p.m.