Jillian Kurtz

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, senior accounting and math major Dalton Beitel was found unresponsive in his Lake Hollingsworth apartment by his roommates, according to Dean of Students Mike Crawford. 

The cause of Beitel’s death is still unknown at this time.

Director of Campus Safety Eric Rauch told a gathering of the campus community that there were no signs of foul play and “simply put: Dalton died of what appears to be a natural death.”

Beitel was from Titusville, Fla. and was an active member of the Intramural program through the Wellness Center and also ran in his free time. 

“Dalton was a bright light who touched everyone’s lives that he came in contact with,” junior Emilea Wilson said. “He was a hard worker – both in the classroom and in Minecraft – and he loved his friends and family tremendously.”

The Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE) cancelled their events for the week along with all intramural games being cancelled for the night of Oct. 8. 

“Dalton liked to play soccer intramurals, ran the lake every day, and he could be seen many nights in Rinker studying with classmates for his math tests,” Wilson said. “He left an impact on so many and will be missed so much. He will live on in the hearts of all of us.”

A gathering was held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel to remember and honor the life of Beitel. 

“We will always remember him and we will always wonder about the potential about what might have been, and that’s okay,” President Anne B. Kerr said during the gathering on Wednesday.

Members of the Florida Southern community are able to reach out to the FSC Counseling Center along with Chaplin Timothy Wright to recieve “compassionate support.”

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