Junior engineering major dies from hiking accident


Staff Report

Junior Trent Ferguson died during a hiking accident March 2.

Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, announced Ferguson’s death in a campus-wide email March 4.

Ferguson’s body was found by searchers March 3 near Bingham Falls in Stowe after he fell through the ice while hiking Friday afternoon, according to a March 3 Burlington Free Press article.

Ferguson was a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, according to Stevens.

He was one of the Community Student Leaders for the Coffee House program in the Living/Learning Center, and he was actively involved in many ways both on and off campus, she stated.

The Coffee House is run by students who are passionate about ethical coffee production, according to its website.

The University extends its condolences to Ferguson’s family, and thoughts of sympathy and care are with his friends, classmates and faculty and staff who were close with him, Stevens stated.

Information regarding services for the family or the campus will be sent out as soon as they become available, according to Stevens.

Those in need of additional support following the accident are encouraged to reach out to UVM’s counseling and psychiatry services at (802) 656-3340, the email stated.