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WVU plans bell-ringing ceremony to remember students

Pohotograph of the silver bell from the USS West Virginia that now hangs over Oglebay Plaza on the WVU campus in Morgantown.

WVU will hold a bell-ringing ceremony to honor the memories of four students who have died since the last ceremony was held in September 2021. (WVU Photo)

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West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Sept. 23) in remembrance of Joseph Harim, Robert Hopper, Kristen Kief and Cade Milburn.

Harim, a recent sport management graduate of Dunbar, Pa., died July 5; Hopper, a sophomore management information systems major of Evans, died May 18; Kief, a graduate student in communication studies of Charles Town, died May 30; and Milburn, a junior aerospace engineering major of Rising Sun, Md., died June 24.

The service will begin at noon at Oglebay Plaza. Those interested in attending are asked to gather near the bell of the USS West Virginia at least 15 minutes beforehand. Family, friends and members of the University community are welcome to attend.

Individuals who would like to speak should contact Carrie Showalter at 304-293-5611 or



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