West Virginia University’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity will hold a bell-ringing ceremony Friday (Sept. 2) in remembrance of nine students who died over the summer.

The service will begin at noon at Oglebay Plaza on WVU’s Downtown Campus, and those interested in attending are asked to be there by 11:45 a.m.

The students being remembered are:

  • Omoniyi Bakare, a junior multidisciplinary studies student from Woodbridge, Va., who died on May 13
  • Wayne Bumpus, a senior biology student from Charleston who died on July 24
  • Zachary Burns, a senior multidisciplinary student from Roanoke, Va., who died on June 12
  • Ian Drebes, a freshman pre-accounting student from Franklinville, N.J., who died on June 28
  • Alice Mingyar, a doctoral technology education student from Clarksburg who died on July 8
  • Ashley Parker, a junior general studies student from Lewisburg who died on July 26
  • Alicia Shaheed, an incoming freshman general studies student from Morgantown, who died on June 29
  • Emily Spickler, a junior journalism student from Shepherdstown who died on Aug. 15
  • Jaikumar Vaidyanathan, a graduate mechanical engineering student from Chennai, India, who died on May 28

Family, friends and members of the University community are welcome to attend Friday’s ceremony.

Individuals who would like to speak should contact Lauren Lagana, memorial bell-ringing chair, at 304-410-0072.


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