DSU’s Official Statement on Student Passing

The Dixie State University community deeply mourns the loss of DSU’s Multicultural Inclusion Student Association President Samuela Maluamaka Tupola, who passed away this weekend due to a tragic accident. Our hearts go out to the Tupola family and his other loved ones who are grieving from this tremendous loss.

“Sam made his mark on DSU and Utah as a student-leader. He had an incredibly positive vision to make our campus and world a better place,” Student Body President Penny Mills said. “He made everyone feel valued. He continually was a great friend and support not only to me, but to all students around him. Sam was incredibly motivated and always an optimist. He was such a loving, understanding, passionate, motivated, dedicated, fun, talented friend. His absence will be felt by many, but we will fight to help his legacy live on.”

Students are organizing a campus-wide vigil for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, at the O.C. Tanner Fountain to honor Samuela’s life. Additionally, the Booth Wellness Center is offering grief counseling services. All students who are grieving are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 435-652-7755.