NIU Tragedy: Concern and Preparedness
February 15, 2008
Once again, we find ourselves stunned and deeply saddened by another tragedy on a
college campus. The injuries and deaths to members of the Northern Illinois University
community are deeply disturbing to all of us at Illinois Wesleyan, and we search for
ways to understand what has happened and to reach out to our friends and colleagues
who are directly involved. While the loss of life is hurtful under any circumstances,
it is especially heartbreaking when young people are involved and the precipitating
event is on a college campus so familiar to us.
We have colleagues and friends on this campus who have been directly affected by yesterday's
tragedy at NIU, and we want to support them at this difficult time. For those needing
assistance, our counselors are available through Counseling and Consultation Services
(x3052). Likewise, Reverend Hope Luckie is available to provide spiritual support
through the Chaplain's office (x3005).
Events like the shootings at NIU remind us to remain vigilant in our efforts to attend
to the welfare of our campus community. A summary of our emergency response plan
can be found at www.iwu.edu/studentaffairs/emergency.html. The IWU Alert emergency notification system is also in place and helps us communicate
with students, faculty, and staff. I encourage you to keep your information current
in this system by updating it through MyIWU.
We pause today to think about the sudden loss NIU has endured, the many that were
wounded, and the long process of recovery on that campus. Our hopes and prayers are
with our friends at NIU at this difficult time.
Richard F. Wilson
Illinois Wesleyan University