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U of I reaches out to those grieving

November 18, 2022

By Amy Lientz, ‘95
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations

Slasin University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana
Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
The Vandal Family is mourning the loss of students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves less than a week ago. Our hearts are broken for them and for their families, whose grief is unimaginable. Many Vandals have reached out to express their shock, sorrow and concern for the safety of our students who choose to remain on campus at this time.

In addition to the highly visible presence of local law enforcement and the Idaho State Police across campus, U of I has brought on a private security firm to augment our regular campus security team.

Further, we have encouraged students to do what is best for them in processing this tragedy. Students have maximum flexibility in deciding whether to continue attending classes, or to leave early for the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Any student who wishes to go home early for the Thanksgiving holiday may do so without repercussions.

The university remains open for the many students who have shared that they find comfort in continuing their studies, as well as students who are not able to return home for any reason. Any student, employee or visitor can receive a security escort from one point on campus to another, day or night.

President Scott Green has been sending regular updates. I am sharing his November 17 memo here with you.

The alumni support and care has truly been extraordinary. We are so grateful to have such a strong and compassionate Vandal Family. Many of you have asked how you can help the families of Ethan, Xana, Madison and Kaylee. Please visit www.uidaho.edu/remember for ways to support them and show your solidarity with the Vandal Family.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Should your Office of Alumni Relations be of assistance during this trying time, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my team at alumni@uidaho.edu.

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