The President's Parent Partnership

Volume 12, Issue 3 – December 4, 2012

Dear NMU Parents,

On Friday evening (Nov. 30), the NMU community suffered a tragic loss with the drowning of freshman Arianna Alioto in the PEIF Pool.  Arianna was a freshman from Columbia, Mo., and a member of the Wildcat soccer team. Our deepest condolences go out to the Alioto family. Matt Granstrand, our soccer coach, told me Arianna was a kind and sincere young woman with a tremendous amount of potential, both on and off the soccer field. 

Whenever there is such a tragedy, there comes with it a multitude of questions - some which are easy to answer; many which are not. More details about what specifically happened Friday will become available following Public Safety's review of the incident. Right now, the university is concentrating on what can be done to help the Alioto family and Arianna's teammates and friends, as well as the lifeguards and first responders who were on the scene. 

We have a lot of students who are understandably traumatized by Arianna’s drowning. That is why our No. 1 priority right now is to provide as much support as we can to those who need it. Our Counseling Center is ready to assist – whether a student needs help today or a year from now.  Our Dean of Students Office is working with the students most significantly impacted to assess their ability to go to classes this week or take final exams next week. Our faculty members are also working to accommodate student needs. Our Athletic Department is working on the logistics of getting the soccer team to Missouri for the funeral. If your NMU student is among those who were close to Arianna, I’m sorry for the pain your daughter or son is going through. If you think there is something more we can do for them, please don’t hesitate to let us know. The best way to communicate to us on this matter is to contact the Dean of Students Office at or 906-227-1700.

Arianna’s funeral is Saturday (Dec. 8). I hope you will join me in supporting the Alioto family in whatever way you can, whether it’s with your thoughts and prayers, a message on the funeral home website, or a card or letter now or sometime in the future. 


David S. Haynes
NMU President