Norah Borus, a computer science student at Stanford who ran a coding camp for youth in her native Kenya, died by suicide from poisoning, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office said after a lengthy review.
Gregory Eells, executive director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania, died by suicide early Monday morning.
Eells, 52, had been in the position for six months. Previously he was at Cornell University for nearly a decade, and before that at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The incident occurred around 6:40 a.m. and was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner’s office. Eells jumped from the 17th floor of a building.
Police reported no note was left. Eells’s mother Jeanette Eells-Rich told The Philadelphia Inquirer that her son had complained about the demands and stress of his new job at Penn, and how it kept him from his wife and three children.
Eells joined the Penn staff in March after his appointment in January, following the university’s nine-month search.
In an email to the campus community, the vice provost and associate vice provost expressed condolences to Eells’s family and provided information to counseling resources available.
Since 2013, 14 students have died by suicide at the University of Pennsylvania. A study last year found that one in five college students had suicidal thoughts over the past year.
Over the past 10 years, the CAPS programs at Penn have expanded tremendously. Students, parents, faculty and staff at Penn had become more involved in the discussions around counseling and mental health following the deaths. Advocacy groups have formed and new systems have been put in place.
Eells was described by his former colleagues as
“transformational” and praised by Penn students who worked closely with him.
In 2012 while Eells was at Cornell, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors awarded Eells the lifetime achievement award for his work with university health care systems.
The American College Health Association President Katrin Wesner-Harts of the University of North Carolina Wilmington provided the following statement on behalf of the organization with which Eells was affiliated:
“Dr. Greg Eells was a beloved member of the ACHA community. He was a champion for mental health and was a resource to many, including as a past chair of the ACHA Mental Health Section. His death reminds us of the importance of improving the mental health and well-being of our nation’s students and the caregivers that serve them. We must focus on the resiliency and grit of our nation’s caregivers in order to strengthen and support them as they serve as front line providers addressing the growing mental health issues being seen across the nation. Greg challenged us to serve our students in a caring and compassionate manner and to be advocates for mental health at all time. He will be greatly missed.”
Sharon Mitchell, president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (of which Eells previously served as president), said they learned through the media of Eells’s death and that AUCCCD members were grieving the loss of their close colleague.
“To lose a beloved colleague and friend to suicide amplifies everyone’s levels of shock, disbelief and sadness,” Mitchell said. “As with any death by suicide, the questions come hard and fast, questions that do not have and may never have answers.”
“As campus professionals, we face our own high expectations in addition to those of students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, media and society,” Mitchell continued. “We have lives and loved ones and responsibilities beyond the workplace. Many days, we may feel like it’s almost too much to carry. As healers, care-givers and campus professionals, it can be difficult to reach out and become a care-receiver. Some days, it’s hard to stay connected to the care and support others willingly offer all of us.”
Mitchell urged campus and campus-affiliated individuals who may be struggling to reach out to their colleagues and other organizations for help.
Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett said at the time of
Eells’s hiring: “Greg Eells will be a vital collaborator in our campus-wide initiatives to sustain wellness across the university. In particular, his vision and experience will be invaluable as we continue to improve and integrate our services dedicated to student wellness.”
Prior to coming to Penn, Eells met with student groups and prioritized getting to know the campus community and culture. He was reportedly interested in expanding CAP’s reach beyond its traditional offices to be more accessible to the entire community.
While at Cornell, Eells emphasized hiring diverse staff and more counselors to cut down on student wait time. During the 2009 to 2010 academic year, six students at Cornell died by suicide.
Eells had numerous webinars and professional publications. According to his staff page on the Penn website, Eells was interested in resilience and suicide prevention.
Children should spend time with parents. Children should spend time being themselves. Discover themselves. We are feeding our kids with too much religion and science, before they have discovered themselves. How will they handle external pressure if they have not mastered how to handle themselves?
What a waste! If the pressure from the masters programmer was too much to handle, she could have found a great job with a bachelors degree from Stanford.
I recall being in the pressure cooker that is most ivy league schools. Many times I would be alone, isolated in my dorm room, books everywhere studying my ass off. Haven’t slept or eaten well in weeks. I had acetaminophen pills that I could have swallowed to end the misery but at the back of my mind, I could hear my precious mama and pops voice talking about what happens to people who kill themselves. Their words are probably the only thing that kept me from going over the edge. Sadly, being religious is considered shady and backward. I believe children must be grounded in faith or the world will put crazy ideas into their heads.
mtu alikuwa amezoea kukuwa number one model student precious blood anaenda USA anapatana na Andrew Nguyen na Michael Jin yang, watu walianza kusomea kompyuta na artificial intelligence 1992 wakikuwa 3 years, majamaa wanatumia monitor tano tano na keyboard mbili na mouse tatu
saa ile wewe uko unasoma mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell na lava is called magma when it is underground na parts of a locust alafu unacompete na wao.
majamaa wenye wameandika open source libraries zinatumika na millions wakiwa 22 years. ukiingia github yao unashtuka na activity. jamaa ana commit 8 times a day, hao ndio wewe kama Pythagoras theorem SOH-CAH-TOA unacompete nao. you just feel out of place
unapata lecturer mwenye akitoka daro anaenda Google HQ kutengeneza self driving cars, your other lecturer ndio jamaa aliandika text book yenye inatumika worldwide kufundisha artificial intelligence.
for 12 years you’ve got constant feedback that you’re the best and are going places alafu unapatana na best of the best… real niggas. people who’ve had a 10 years headstart. manze, hapo ni kujinyonga tu.
either that, ama ufanyefanye coursework uende graduation urudi Kenya uanzishe andela yako, ufanye price inflation ya contracts, ulipe watu peanuts, ufanyefanye doctorate in ICT ama information science ama business , vitu rahisirahisi ukingoja ufike 35 years uingizwe kwa board of ICT.
you cannot know about the gods before you know yourself. most of the people being misled are the learned and religious. case ya south b niya mwanamke ana PhD. Case ya PWC niya mzee alikua poa sana kwa kazi yake, but hajijui. Hajui kurelate na watu. Kids should be allowed to be kids,
This particular incident was most likely a love gone sour, rejection case… Those other guys will beat you in practicals but in theory you will be at par or even better… and the more you practice the better you become with practicals… Love for women is a serious thing and I can bet that in Precious Blood and earlier she was not into romantic things… most girls who went to these strict Catholic schools go wild in campus and are the whores of that period… she was most likely into her first relationship and some nigger rejected her or even cheated on her…
Teach your kids about the afterlife and what happens to people who commit suicide. The problem is that suicide has been over medicalized hence normalized as mental illness to the point where it’s almost acceptable to do it. Kitu kidogo, unaskia mtu anajinyonga. People need to consider the effects of spiritual maladies and demonic strongholds in their lives.
I keep coming back to her parents. How much effort do you think it took for them to raise her to that stage of life? Soooo sad.