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      Alex Goodwin

      “A bright star.”
      “Incredible potential.”
      “A light.”
      “Loved by everyone.”
      “A great inspiration.”

      As the Capital Family mourns the loss of Alexandria “Alex” Goodwin (pictured left in the top photo), these are some of the words her professors and friends are using to describe the impact she had on everyone who knew her.

      Alex, who had just finished her sophomore year, was reported missing to Student Affairs around 9 a.m. today, and after a brief search by Capital and Columbus police was found dead Thursday morning, May 5, in the Columbus home she listed as her permanent residence. Columbus Police have confirmed there is no evidence of foul play; the Franklin County Coroner will determine the cause of death.

      Alex is being remembered as a student whose academic talent and future were as bright as her smile.

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      “Alex was beautiful, spunky and a wonderful, wonderful person... She was a light. She made every bad day happier and every good day even better. I’m going to miss her a lot.”

      - Deanna Wagner, director of Student and Community Engagement. 


      “Alex was beautiful, spunky and a wonderful, wonderful person,” said Deanna Wagner, director of Student and Community Engagement. “She was a light. She made every bad day happier and every good day even better. I’m going to miss her a lot.”

      “She was special, someone we all knew,” President Denvy Bowman said. “Alex was everywhere on campus, and in all our hearts, where she’ll always remain. ”

      A public relations major, Alex was involved in many activities and events across campus. She was executive director of AMP (Activity Management and Programming), an Admission Ambassador, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, and a team leader in charge of planning and implementing Summer Orientation and Welcome Weekend 2016.

      Senior Alora Conner, who would become her sorority sister, first met Alex in 2014, when Alora was an Orientation Leader and Alex was an entering first-year student.

      “I really encouraged her to go Greek because I knew she would be so good at it,” Alora remembers. “She was so outgoing and her energy was huge. I knew she would be good for Phi Sigma Sigma, but that Phi Sig would also be good for her. It would develop her leadership. And she was director of AMP by her sophomore year.”

      Alex’s friends, professors and advisors will tell you she went all out to learn more, do more for others, and to get the very best out of everyone she was around. She lifted others up with positive words that always seemed to be just right for the situation.

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      “She was special, someone we all knew,” President Denvy Bowman said. “Alex was everywhere on campus, and in all our hearts, where she’ll always remain. ”

      “She never forgot a thing,” Alora said. “We were two years apart, and we had different things going on in our lives. But I’d see her, and she’d ask me how things worked out with a test I’d been worried about, or a bout with depression I’d been dealing with. If I was having a bad day, she’d know, and she’d greet me with, ‘Hello, beautiful!’ She remembered the personal things, and you knew things were important to her. She went out of her way to make people know they were loved — and to know their worth.”

      Her advisor, communication professor Dr. Steve Bruning, called Alex “gregarious” and said she had a positive approach to everything. “She wanted to get as much out of her education and her life as she possibly could. She wanted to search out opportunities, to continually improve and develop, and to experience as much as possible.”

      Dr. Dan Heaton, another professor of communication, echoed Bruning’s thoughts about Alex’s desire to grow and learn with every opportunity. “She sat in the front row every day. From the standpoint of a professor, she was everything you want a student to be. I could tell she was going to be one of our stars.”

      As an Admission Ambassador, Alex was often the face of Capital University, greeting prospective students and their parents, working events and giving tours. “She was constantly smiling and ready to roll with anything,” said Ashley Gordon, assistant director of Admission. “It takes special people to care so much about spreading their love of the CapFam to other people, and I think Alex’s peer ambassadors and orientation leaders can attest to that passion in her.”

      Outside of class, Alex had an internship as an internal event coordinator at COSI. Her supervisor, Amber Waters, called her “always happy, infectiously happy.”

      Her friends agree: Alex’s joy was palpable.

      “The most important thing about her was her positivity, happiness, funny and outgoing personality,” Alex’s “Big,” Cassidy Webber, remembers. “She was the best person to be around. I couldn't help but smile when I was around her. She loved making others happy and laughing. She is a role model to all. She was involved with campus activities and was a great inspiration to the CapFam.”

      Pastor Gary Sandberg and Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson, director of University Counseling and Health Services, are available to offer pastoral and counseling support as our community comes to terms with this terrible loss. The Student and Community Engagement Offices and staff also can provide assistance.

      Funeral arrangements are pending. Phi Sigma Sigma will hold an open candlelight vigil Friday, May 6, at 7 pm at Reflections fountains to say goodbye to Alex. Anyone who wishes to celebrate Alex’s life is invited to attend. #PrayersforAlex

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