Mount Union Community Grieves Loss of Student

October 08, 2015

Sydney BreyerThe University of Mount Union is saddened to share word of the passing of Sydney Breyer, a freshman of Springboro, Ohio, who passed away unexpectedly last evening. Sydney was a member of the Honors Program, Kappa Phi, flag corps and the band. Her brother, Lane, is a sophomore at Mount Union as well.

At this time of significant grief, the University is focusing its attention on offering support to the Breyer family and campus community. All classes have been canceled for today, Thursday, October 8, 2015, and counseling and pastoral services will be available in Dewald Chapel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, all campus offices will remain open and faculty and staff will be on hand to offer additional support to our students.

In the coming days, students are sure to gather together in remembrance, mourning and support – both in organized and casual ways – and counseling will continue to be made available to those in need. We will be certain to update the campus community on any scheduled events via the Mount Union website, email communication and social media.

Careful consideration has been given to a number of events scheduled to take place today, Thursday, October 8, 2015. In light of the tragic circumstances and scheduled counseling and pastoral services, the determination has been made to cancel some events and continue with some others as scheduled.

Cancellations include:

  • The Student Showcase, scheduled for 11:15 a.m. in the Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall, which will be rescheduled at a later date
  • The Study Abroad Information Session, scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room 012 of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

Events that will continue to be held as scheduled include:

  • The Faculty Art Exhibit Reception, planned for 4 to 6 p.m. in the Otto Art Gallery of the Giese Center for Performing Arts
  • The Department of Theatre’s performance of “Standing On My Knees,” which will open tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallaher Theatre of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts

It is our hope that the continuance of these and other events will allow the Mount Union community to begin the slow and necessary process of healing.

A number of organizational meetings are scheduled to take place throughout the day. Members are encouraged to contact their organizations’ officers or advisors to determine if the meetings will be held as planned.

The Breyer family will continue to remain in the thoughts and prayers of the campus community.


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