Weinberg junior Alyssa Weaver dies on study abroad


Source: Alyssa Weaver's Facebook profile

Weinberg junior Alyssa Weaver reportedly died Friday on study abroad in London. The university that coordinates Weaver’s program emailed her classmates and told them of her death, according to a news report.

Paulina Firozi, Campus Editor

Update, 8:45 p.m. Friday:

In a statement tonight, Associated Student Government said Weaver will be “profoundly missed” and encouraged students to take advantage of on-campus resources for coping with tragedy.

“The loss of a beloved member of our Northwestern family is exceedingly difficult,” the statement reads.

Update, 8:30 p.m. Friday:

The University confirmed Weaver’s death in an email to the NU community tonight.

Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president for student affairs, said Weaver died Wednesday at Goldsmiths College in London.

“I am saddened to report the death of a Northwestern student, Alyssa Weaver, a senior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences from Norfolk, VA,” Telles-Irvin wrote.

Telles-Irvin added that the University has been told no other student on the same study abroad program is in danger.

Student Affairs officials will meet with Chi Omega members when they return from Thanksgiving break Sunday night, Telles-Irvin said.

Original story

Weinberg junior Alyssa Weaver has reportedly died while studying abroad in London.

Arcadia University, which coordinates some NU options for international education, sent an email to students participating in Weaver’s program at 1:42 p.m. CST today informing them of her death. The university did not disclose when or how Weaver died.

“It is with regret that we write to inform you that one of our students in London studying at Goldsmiths College, Alyssa Weaver from Northwestern University, recently passed away,” the letter says, according to an apparent copy obtained and published this afternoon by North by Northwestern.

The 20-year-old was studying visual cultures at Goldsmiths College at the University of London, according to her Facebook page.

Weaver went to Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., and was studying art history and chemistry at Northwestern, according to her Facebook page. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and the boxing club.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, Weaver was awarded the J.G. Herder Prize for the best paper in the first two years in philosophy, for her work titled “Beneficence.”

Arcadia University is ranked as the No. 1 university in the U.S. for study abroad programs, with the highest percentage of undergraduate students in programs at master’s level schools, according to the Institute of International Education. The school hosts multiple study abroad programs for NU students.

Officials from Northwestern, Arcadia and University of London did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

— Paulina Firozi