Sunday, April 4, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Senéad Short, a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, and 2020 Fulbright award winner, was among those killed in a train derailment on Friday, April 2, in Hualien County, Taiwan. Our thoughts are with Senéad’s family and friends and we offer condolences to all of those who lost loved ones in Friday’s accident.

Senéad was a native of Iowa City and graduated with a BA with university honors and with distinction in international studies and a minor in French. With her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Taiwan, she was teaching English in Taipei and offering dance and art lessons to children in the community

It is never easy to lose a friend and fellow Hawkeye and we encourage those who may need support to connect with others and seek out resources.

Students may schedule an appointment with University Counseling Service at 319-335-7294 or by using the following link

Faculty and staff members needing support, please contact Faculty and Staff Services Employee Assistance Program at 319-335-2085 or You can also call CommUnity's (formerly Johnson County Crisis Center) 24-hour crisis line at 319-351-0140.

During this time, we are reminded of the importance of community and accepting support. Additional resources can be found on the University's safety and support website:

Angie Reams, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Russell Ganim, Associate Provost and Dean, International Programs