I am saddened to share with you the passing of Tonee Ellis, of Oaks, Pennsylvania, a senior biology major with a concentration in ecology, conservation, and evolution. Tonee, 22, died August 1, following a car accident in Perry County.

The death of someone you knew can evoke strong feelings. The best way to cope is to talk to your closest friends, family members, or trusted teachers. There are people among us who have experienced similar events, and they are often more than willing to help others going through difficult circumstances.

Students who would like to speak with a counselor can contact the IUP Center for Applied Psychology at 724-357-6228 or email to make an appointment.

Members of IUP’s Council on Spiritual and Religious Life also are available; please email to contact a campus minister. Another option for support is the Armstrong-Indiana 24-hour crisis line at 877-333-2470.

Memorial arrangements have not yet been announced.

Michael A. Driscoll