University responds to the loss of Ratchko, provides support

Sarah Bedford, News Editor

After the death of sophomore, Jonathan Ratchko earlier this week, Wilkes University has organized group grief counseling sessions to students in need.

Gaining much support from the campus community, the university organized a total of three sessions throughout the week.

Susan Biskup, one of the universities campus counselors explained the there would be additional sessions.

“Campus Counseling will also offer two follow up bereavement groups to students, faculty and staff on, Nov. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to1 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

Students have been encouraged to call the Counseling Center to arrange individual appointments as well. Appointments are free and confidential.

Students can make these appointments by calling Anita Burns, Health and Wellness Services at (570)408-4730 or email [email protected].

Sophomore Class President, Sarah Kennedy, explained that the class is planning to honor their fellow classmate.

The student government class of 2017 plans on buying flowers for the family. We also want to buy cards for students to sign and send them to the family. That is currently in the works, and hopefully should be set for next week.”

Thursday afternoon, the campus community was also informed that Ratchko’s memorial service would be held on Monday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hazleton. The university provided transportation to the services.

According to Kennedy and Caitlin Czeh, campus interfaith coordinator, a memorial by the university is also being planned.