Two students in the University died suddenly during the last week of January. Both deaths, while unconnected, were ruled suicides by the Chicago Police.
Rand Funston, a second-year student in the College, was found dead in his dorm room on Jan. 29. He was 19.
Michelle E. Place, a first-year graduate student in Immunology, was found dead in an off-campus residence on Jan. 28. She was 27.
Funston, a native of Pearland, Texas, is survived by his father and mother, Chris and Marianne Funston; a brother, Shane; and a sister, Tara. "He was an extraordinarily gifted student, both academically and musically," said Mary Doak, who was Funston's Resident Head at Burton-Judson Courts.
Place, a native of Westerville, Ohio, had graduated from the College of Wooster. She is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Place. "She was a talented student who had energy, enthusiasm and a drive to be the best in her field," said Norma Wagoner, Dean of Students in the Biological Sciences. Counseling services During this time, Morton Silverman, Director of the Student Counseling & Resource Service, and his staff, along with Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and other members of the Campus Ministers group are available to students and other members of the community seeking support and counseling. The SCRS is located at 5737 S. University Ave. and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the SCRS at 702-9800 to schedule an appointment; walk-ins are welcome. On evenings and weekends, a therapist-on-call can be reached at 702-3625. All consultations are kept strictly confidential. Students may also call the Student Niteline for information and confidential peer counseling between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. at 702-8600. Memorials A memorial service for Hao Li, a second-year student in the Pritzker School of Medicine who died Jan. 2 as a result of a car accident, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in Bond Chapel. Li's parents and members of his extended family, many of whom will be coming from China, will be in attendance.