Three University of Iowa students die off campus

University Housing & Dining and the Office for the Vice President for Student Life sent out emails to students Thursday about three undergraduates who have passed away off campus.

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Three University of Iowa students die off campus

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Lily Smith

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Lily Smith

Lily Smith

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

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The University of Iowa has informed students of the deaths of three undergraduate students, one of which occurred Wednesday night.

Matthew Bertell died Aug. 22 while away from campus. He was a third-year student majoring in Sport and Recreation Management, Media Relations Officer Hayley Bruce said in an email to The Daily Iowan.

Alec Potthoff, 20, died Aug. 21 from injuries sustained in a boating collision at the Lake of the Ozarks on May 26, according to an obituary published by Iles Funeral Home. Potthoff was an Enterprise Leadership major, and entered this fall semester as a third-year student, Bruce said.

“Alec … loved being a Hawkeye and never missed a University of Iowa football game,” Iles Funeral Home said.

Karen Wieting died July 16 at the age of 47 due to complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, according to an obituary published by Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Wieting lived in Iowa City almost her entire life and was in the process of fulfilling certification requirements in the UI Department of Education.

“Ms. Wieting’s life-long dream has been to teach elementary school children,” the Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service said.

University Housing & Dining and the Office for the Vice President for Student Life both offered support to students, giving the numbers of University Counseling Service and Student Care and Assistance. Embedded counselors will also be available in the Burge Private Dining Room from 6-8 p.m. to talk to students.

“Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and classmates of all those grieving at this time,” UI Vice President for Student Life and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Melissa Shivers said in a campus-wide email.

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