December 1, 2012
It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the loss of one of our students earlier today. Casey Schulman, a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, was killed in a recreational boating incident in Roseau, Dominica.
The trip had been organized independently by a group of students and was not a Semester at Sea-sponsored excursion.
The Institute for Shipboard Education and senior voyage administrators are in close contact with Casey’s family, the U.S. Embassy of the Eastern Caribbean, and key officials at the University of Virginia.
Grief counseling and support services have been made available to all members of the community on a 24-hour basis.
A commemorative service is planned aboard the ship tomorrow evening. The ship will depart Dominica tomorrow at 8 pm local time as planned and will return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, December 7.
We wish to convey our condolences to Casey’s family, her many friends, and those who witnessed the accident. Please join me in keeping the Schulman family in your thoughts at this very difficult time.
-President Les McCabe