Dear Members of the Campus Community: Earlier today, several hundred of your fellow students, faculty and staff participated in a community gathering at Hendricks Chapel. We heard from many members of our campus community, all of whom expressed concern regarding…
Hendricks Chapel Open for Reflection, Support Available
Following last night’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas, Dean of Hendricks Chapel Brian Konkol and Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience Dolan Evanovich remind the campus community of the support and services available during these difficult times.
“With each passing day, it seems we face news of heartbreak, and the cumulative impact leaves many of us filled with sorrow and grief,” says Dean Konkol. “We have learned of earthquakes, winds and damaging rains that left far too many struggling for survival. We also receive daily updates surrounding violence, conflict and sustained struggle, both locally and globally. In the midst of our frustrated and wearied state, today we were informed of tragic and troubling news from Las Vegas surrounding the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history. We are encircled with sadness. At times, it all can feel overwhelming. We encourage campus community members to connect with the resources and services available for support.”
The cumulative impact of recent events can impact each community member in diverse ways. For students in need, confidential services are available at the Counseling Center 24 hours a day and seven days a week at 315.443.4715. The Office of Student Assistance is available Monday through Friday at 315.443.4357 for guidance, advocacy and support services. In addition, faculty and staff can reach Carebridge, the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, at 800.437.0911.
As the central gathering place for times of both celebration and sorrow at Syracuse University, Hendricks Chapel will remain open for personal meditation and counseling until 8 p.m. in the days ahead, and individual chaplains can be reached for support at 315.443.2901.
In addition, for those seeking a time and space to gather as a community, this Sunday at 7 p.m., Hendricks Chapel’s weekly Dean’s Convocation will focus on unity and resiliency in the midst of struggle. As these weekly gatherings feature music and reflection from a diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives, all should feel welcome to attend and participate. Questions can be directed to Hendricks Chapel at email@example.com.