Campus mourns loss of library staff, student

Thomas Zantow

The SVSU President’s Office emailed faculty and staff Friday, Apr. 9, regarding the death of Thom Zantow.

Zantow worked at the university for 28 years, most recently as the head of Access Services at the Zahnow Library.

The email offered condolences to Zantow’s family.

Library staff will be debriefed on Monday, Apr. 12.

Grief counseling services will be available through the Mental Health and Wellness Center.

Alissa Bunnell

Tragically, student Alissa Bunnell was killed in a car crash on Tuesday, Apr. 6.

Bunnell was a health sciences senior, preparing to graduate at the end of the winter 2021 semester.

She recently completed an internship at the MidMichigan Medical Center in West Branch.

Following her graduation, Bunnell planned to work at Mid-Michigan Urgent Care in Gladwin.

SVSU extended condolences to her friends and family.

Bunnell’s family started a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

Contributions can be made at

Counseling services can be sought through the Mental Health and Wellness Center or tthrough the Counseling Center.

To make an appointment, call (989) 964-7078 or fill out a request form found at https://

If you have questions regarding services, contact the Counseling Center at

The university will share additional information as it is made available.

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