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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 14, 2013

Smith bell ringing, memorial service scheduled for Wednesday

Updated Sept. 16, 2013

A campus bell-ringing ceremony and a local memorial service are planned for James Smith, a Northwest Missouri State University student who passed away Saturday, to allow his family and friends and the entire Northwest community to remember him and celebrate his life.

The Northwest Student Senate will honor Smith with a traditional bell-ringing ceremony at the Bell of ’48 at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. A memorial service, organized by the Baptist Student Union and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, will follow at 7 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

Additionally, Smith will be remembered during a funeral visitation Friday, Sept. 20, and a funeral Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville, N.Y.

Smith, 20, was a sophomore psychology major and art minor from Platte City.

Smith died from an apparent suicide, according to a preliminary report from the Nodaway County Coroner. The death was discovered on the Northwest campus about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. 

Counseling was available to Northwest students and employees Saturday and Sunday in addition to support gatherings both nights.

In addition, counseling is available for students, faculty and staff at Wellness Services, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by calling 660.562.1348. Individuals needing assistance outside of regular office hours are encouraged to contact University Police at 660.562.1254.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468