Message from Chancellor Cantor on tragedy at Virginia Tech
Message from Chancellor Cantor on tragedy at Virginia TechApril 16, 2007SU News ServicesSUnews@syr.edu
Today the Virginia Tech campus, the higher education community and our entire nation have witnessed a tragic event of unimaginable proportions.
Moments ago, I sent a message of condolence and support on behalf of Syracuse University to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. I offered our deepest condolences and sympathies on the tragedy his university has suffered and told him that SU’s thoughts are with the Virginia Tech family during this extremely sad and tragic time. I also indicated that today’s events are amplified for us, as we faced immense grief and loss ourselves almost 20 years ago during the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy.
At times like these, we are brought together in sadness to understand how something so senseless can happen. We feel angry, confused, and even frightened. That is why it is important for us to be there for one another.
The University has a broad array of counseling services available to the campus community. For example, the Counseling Center (443-4715), Hendricks Chapel (443-2901), and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (443-1087) are all available to anyone who feels he or she needs support.
Also, Hendricks Chapel will be open from now until 7 p.m. today for quiet reflection and meditation (with chaplains available) as we continue to keep the Virginia Tech community in our hearts and minds.