Special Edition: June 3, 2010
Message to the University Community from Provost Ralph Kuncl
In President Seligman's absence, I have some sad news to share with you.
Ya-Sin Yawn, a member of the University Facilities and Services staff, has died of gunshot wounds suffered in the early morning hours of May 29. Such an unexpected death brings sorrow to all of us in the University community. We especially extend our condolences to his family and his friends at this very difficult time.
Ya-Sin, who was 38, started working at the University on a temporary basis with our construction/renovation crew in 2004. Since August 2007, he has been a permanent painter and assigned to our residential life facilities.
Colleagues describe him as "a kind-hearted person who always had a greeting and a warm smile for you" and "well-liked by staff and students." Those recollections are touching reminders of Ya-Sin's spirit, and how the work of each employee contributes to the excellence of the University.
At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, he was found shot in his car parked on Thurston Road. Rochester Police continue to investigate the case.
The University flag will be lowered to half-staff in his honor when funeral arrangements are finalized.
Any member of the University community who would like counseling or would like to use other support services is strongly encouraged to call the following numbers:
Numbers available 24 hours a day:
University Counseling Center: 275-3113
University Security Services: 275-3333 or x13 (useful resource for emergency contact with all offices on campus)
Employee Assistance Program: 475-0432
Numbers available Monday through Friday:
Residential Life: 275-3166
College Dean of Students: 275-4085
Interfaith Chapel: 275-4321