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OWU Reflects on Virginia Tech Tragedies

April 17, 2007

Dear Members Of The OWU Family:

The news of the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech has stunned all of us. As the sad details of this incident unfold, and as the campus and community in Blacksburg, Virginia, struggle to cope with this senseless and tragic day, our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with all of the victims and their families and friends.

Please note that our staff in Counseling Services, the Chaplain's Office, and other members of the OWU community are available to speak with students about this tragedy. It is at times like this when things seem most hopeless that we need to unite and help hold others up and to offer support and assistance in any form we can to those who need it most.

The Vigil and All Campus Meeting held on our campus Tuesday allowed us to reflect, pray, and talk about Monday morning’s tragic events. Staff members from Counseling Services and the Chaplain's Office will continue to lend support to those who are struggling through these tragic events.

If you are aware of any impact, direct or indirect, that any member of the OWU family is coping with as a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, please bring this to the attention of a staff member, RA, RLC, or contact Counseling Services or the Chaplain's Office so we can follow up and help in any way.


Mark Huddleston, President
Jon Powers, University Chaplain
Colleen Cook, Counseling Services
John Delaney, Dean of Students