I am sorry to share news of the recent passing of Sara Abdulqadir Gifford, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of English’s Literature and Criticism program.

Sara, of Dillsburg, died as a result of a car accident in Latimore Township, Adams County, on December 22, 2023.

Sara began her studies at IUP in fall 2021. In July 2023, she began work as the assistant director of International Student Services at Gettysburg College.

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.

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

Please join me in sending your thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace to Sara’s family and friends, as well as to everyone at IUP and in the community who knew her and who is affected by her passing.

Michael A. Driscoll