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Special Edition: Jan. 15, 2011

Message to University Alumni from President Joel Seligman

I am writing to express my great sadness over the death of one of our undergraduates early this morning.  Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., a junior majoring in political science, died shortly after suffering stab wounds in a fight.

Our profound grief goes out to Jeffrey’s family, especially his mother Dolores Forest and his father Jeffrey Bordeaux, and his many friends. Jeffrey was a remarkable young man, an active member of the campus community, and known and liked by many on campus. His loss leaves a sense of terrible emptiness for all of us.

Although we are still gathering information, what we know now is that police responded shortly after 1 a.m. to a reported fight at the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Paramedics administered emergency aid and took Jeffrey to Strong Memorial Hospital, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

University Security Services cooperated with Rochester Police in their investigation. Daren Venable, also a Rochester student, has been charged in Jeffrey’s death. This appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no indication of any threat to others on the University campus.

Jeffrey was an active, well-known, and well-liked member of the University community. He was a winner of two scholarships from the Gilman Foundation and IES, both to support his study in Shanghai, China, to start next month.

In an essay, Jeffrey attributed his success to “a strong mother, a desire to work, and willingness to learn from different experiences.” He also was a member of the varsity track and field team and worked the maximum 20 hours a week to support his education.

A community gathering is being held tonight at 6 o’clock at the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus to give all of us a chance to express our grief at this terribly saddening event.

Our hearts also go out to Daren Venable and his family and friends. This is also a tragedy for all of them.

Campus counselors are already talking to students, and I encourage any student to take advantage of our counseling services by calling 275-3113.

At times like this, it is important to remember that as a community we are dedicated to each other’s well-being and we are stronger together when we support one another, especially in difficult times.

If there are further updates, they will be posted on the University’s homepage.

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