18-year-old SDSU student dies from meningitis SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego State University official said Friday he was deeply saddened by the death of a freshman student from meningococcal meningitis. Sara Stelzer, an 18-year-old from Moorpark in Ventura County, died Thursday after having been admitted to a hospital Tuesday. "After speaking with her family, we know that Sara was a vibrant young woman who loved San Diego State, her friends and the time she spent at our university," said Eric Rivera, SDSU's vice president of student affairs. "It is always difficult when a young life is lost, especially when that person is part of our SDSU family." He said SDSU officials will do all they can to support the young woman's family and the campus community. After the serious nature of Sara's illness was learned Thursday, university officials said students who might have had contact with her recently were being notified, and those who had close contact were urged to get antibiotics. Among those being contacted were all members of the Kappa Delta sorority and two fraternities were she attended parties on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 -- Alpha Epsilon Pi and Delta Sigma Phi. Dr. Gregg Lichtenstein, director of SDSU Student Health Services and director of clinical services, said about 300 to 400 students were being notified. The bacteria requires close contact to be transmitted between people, he said.