(Oakland University Press Release, Feb. 12, 2014)
The Oakland University community is mourning the loss of an 18-year-old freshman, who passed away at his home in Ferndale on Monday, Feb. 10, as a result of cardiac arrest.
DeMal Coleman was a resident in Hamlin Hall and a participant in OU’s CORE program – Collectively Oakland Retains Everyone. Administered through the university’s Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI), the program aims to help first-year students make a successful transition to college.
This past year, Coleman took part in the CORE Summer Bridge program, a weeklong initiative designed to acclimate students to campus life through a variety of social and academic activities. According to Brown-El, the experience helped Coleman and other students gain insight into the college experience and form lasting friendships. He added that Coleman’s enthusiastic presence “made the experience worthwhile” for other participants.
Graham Counseling Center staff members are available to provide counseling services to any members of the university community finding this news difficult to manage.
Information on funeral arrangements will be shared with the campus community as it becomes available.
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