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A Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

February 28, 2008

Dear UTSA students, faculty and staff,

Yesterday, I learned of the sudden passing of one our international graduate students, Prashant Bachu. Prashant was found dead at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday in an office on the 1604 Campus by a university employee. Campus police were immediately called to the scene and the preliminary investigation indicates no foul play was involved.

Speaking for the entire UTSA community, our thoughts and prayers go out to Prashant's family, friends, classmates and co-workers today, and during the difficult days ahead. It is such a tragedy when a young person who represents so much promise passes on.

Prashant, a 22-year-old electrical engineering graduate student from Secunderabad, India, also worked here at UTSA as a graduate research assistant in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Department of Psychology.

We are working with members of the Indian Student Association and will continue to keep the UTSA community informed if other information becomes available.

As we all try to wrap our arms around this tragic news, please know that UTSA is here for you.

For students, the university offers group and individual grief counseling through the Office of Counseling Services, located in the Recreation and Wellness Center on the 1604 Campus and in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308 on the Downtown Campus. For more information, call (210) 458-4140 or visit the Counseling Services Web site.

For faculty and staff, counseling services are available through the Office of Human Resources' Employee Assistance Program. The free program provides confidential, professional assistance to help employees and members of their households resolve problems that affect their personal lives.

Keeping in mind our campus police officers also are on hand to answer questions or address concerns, remember we are all here for each other.

In closing, talking with a friend or co-worker when life's troubles begin to pile up may be just the right thing to ease stress and worries. UTSA is sincerely touched by this loss.

Gage Paine
Vice President for Student Affairs
The University of Texas at San Antonio

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