Ithaca College announced yesterday the passing of Michael Palumbo, a resident director at the school, in an on-campus apartment. The school said that no foul play was suspected, and that there was no threat to the campus community in the wake of the death.
Palumbo, 28, had been started work at IC in August after being hired at the Office of Residential Life and placed in charge of Terraces 7-13. Vice President of Student Affairs Rosanna Ferro said even in his young life, Palumbo had already built plenty of experience in residence life in different parts of the country, having worked at Indiana University before coming to IC.
"On behalf of the entire Ithaca College community, I extend our deepest condolences to Michael’s family, friends, colleagues, and the students he served as they grieve his passing," Ferro wrote. "Information on funeral or memorial services will be shared with the campus community when it becomes available."
The release further announced that counseling services are being provided Thursday evening to his coworkers and to student staff. There will be a campus community gathering at 4 p.m. on Friday in Muller Chapel for those who wish to come together in shared grief and to provide mutual support.
Support services to all members of the Ithaca College community are available through the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-274-3136. After-hours counseling services are available any time CAPS is closed, including nights, weekends, holidays, and during campus closures, by calling the main number. Anyone needing immediate assistance should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333.
Faculty and staff can access the counseling services of the Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-327-2255.