Jessica Zauner, 1986-2006

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Dean Colombo announced in an email today the death of Columbia College sophomore Jessica Zauner. The Spectator is also reporting on the story.

Full e-mail after the jump.

Dear Student,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Jessica Zauner, a sophomore Economics major in Columbia College, passed away this weekend while at home with her family in Connecticut. Her death is a devastating loss to all.

Jessica was a deeply caring friend and family member. Her dedication to those around her was apparent in her unyielding support for her friends, her commitment to literacy projects through her many years with the Girl Scouts, and her love for her family.

We have been in contact with Jessica’s family and have offered our assistance and condolences.

It is difficult to convey who Jessica was and what she meant to this community through the limitations of email. This evening at 5:00pm in the Wien Hall first floor lounge we will gather to remember Jessica. Representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, Residential Programs, and Counseling and Psychological Services will be present. I hope that you will join us. I know this will be a time of sadness but also a time of joy and fondness as we remember Jessica.

I will be in touch with you in the days ahead with details regarding a memorial service for Jessica. Any students in need of support at this time are encouraged to contact your class deans, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Chaplain’s office for support.

First Year Sophomore Academic Advising Center: 854-6378
Junior Senior Advising Center: 854-1870
Office of the University Chaplain: 854-1493
Counseling and Psychological Services: 854-2878

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