By: Sandy Pfeiffer
To the Campus Community:
Monday’s events at Virginia Tech continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, particularly for those of us with personal connections to members of that community. We’re all deeply affected by this tragedy on another college campus, and I wanted to express publicly our support for the students, faculty, staff, and parents of students of Virginia Tech. As well, I want you to know some of the ways we are responding at Warren Wilson College.
Many of you have already signed the card outside of Gladfelter. That card will be up through the end of today, after which time we’ll send it on its way. If you have not yet signed it, please do take a moment to express your condolences and support for the people of Blacksburg and for the VT community.
Tonight at 9:00 p.m. we’ll hold a candlelight vigil in the Chapel. You are invited to come and light a candle as an act of prayer, as an act of solidarity, or as an expression of grief and support for the families who have lost loved ones. Counselors are also available in the counseling center for anyone on campus that feels it might be helpful to talk with someone about reactions and feelings related to this event.
For your information, Warren Wilson does have an emergency response plan. The committee responsible for that document will be meeting soon to review our plan and preparations in light of the events at Virginia Tech. As it is currently designed, we would use primarily electronic communication to inform the community of any emergency. This strategy is most effective here because very few students use campus voice mail. We would also use campus staff to communicate personally when possible, depending on the nature of the situation. In any emergency we would advise people to check email and the Inside Page for details first.
It is a time for us to support each other at the College and our friends on other campuses as we struggle with our grief over this tragedy.