SCC Mourns Loss of Student Athlete Hwangki Cho

(West Burlington, IA) - SCC President Dr. Michael Ash released the name of the residence hall student who passed away on Monday as Hwangki Cho, of Japan.

Cho, a freshman in his second semester, was an integral part of the SCC soccer team. Hailing from Japan, Hwangki had successfully learned to navigate the cultural and language barriers of being an international college student as he pursued his academic and athletic endeavors.

Dr. Ash said that the news of Cho's passing has deeply affected not only those who knew him personally but also the wider SCC community. "Hwangki's passing has left a profound impact on our students, faculty, and staff.”

In response to the tragedy, classes and activities were canceled on Monday afternoon and Tuesday. College officials are also providing support and resources to those in need. Counseling services are available for students through the Student Affairs Office.

Organizers are planning to honor Cho's memory in the coming days and provide an opportunity for the SCC community to come together to mourn and remember him. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

As the investigation into Cho's passing continues, Dr. Ash urged against speculation regarding the cause of death, citing no present evidence to suggest foul play.

"We await the results of the autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office," he stated. "Until then, we must refrain from drawing conclusions and respect the privacy and dignity of Hwangki and his family."

In this time of grief, Dr. Ash emphasized the strength and resilience of the SCC community. "As Blackhawks, we will come together and move beyond this tremendous loss," he said. "Let us support one another with empathy, compassion, and unity."