Many said the engineering dean was a mentor to minority students interested in engineering.
Jurors convicted a former UMD student of first-degree murder in Collins' death.
Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon.
Read all of the Diamondback's coverage of the trial for Sean Urbanski, who's charged with murder in the killing.
The jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday.
He's charged with murder and a hate crime in the stabbing of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins.
He would have turned 26 on Thursday.