Remembering West Scheel


West Scheel was a UNI freshman described by loved ones as endlessly curious and creative. They were majoring in environmental science with minors in geology and hydrology. They were originally from Madison Lake, Minn.

The UNI community came together for a celebration of life for West on Thursday, April 20. Friends, faculty and community members gathered to share and celebrate West’s memories. Faculty remember West often knitting or crocheting in class, always creating something. They were often early for class, and classmates fondly remember West’s smile.

West was described as always looking at the world with wonder. They had an unmistakable passion for protecting the earth and a love for nature. They loved building with Legos and creating artwork, and according to friends were, “obsessed with rocks.” West was also an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Friends remember West’s goofy sense of humor and love for everyone around them. They will be dearly missed by friends, family and the UNI community.

For anyone struggling, the university has listed the following available resources:

 – Students can call the Counseling Center (319) 273-2676 at any time of day or night and press #2 to speak with a counselor on the phone.

– Students can also utilize the Counseling Center between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the days and weeks to come. Emergency appointments are available on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. 

– Staff in the Office of the Dean of Students ([email protected]) are available to support students who are in need of assistance in balancing grief, academic and other personal obligations. 

– Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize EAP Services (1.888.784.2057) for support, as well. 

In addition, the Statewide Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-332-4224. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Line can be reached by calling or texting 988.