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By now, you have likely heard the tragic news out of Blacksburg, Virginia, that a number of students at Virginia Tech have been killed or wounded in a campus shooting.

We know that we speak for the entire Ithaca College community in extending our most profound sympathies to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Virginia Tech. To the families and other loved ones of those killed and injured, we offer our heartfelt condolences.

We recognize that tragedies such as this can bring out feelings of anxiety and apprehension, and we encourage members of our campus community to reach out to friends, colleagues, advisers, and others who can offer support. Counseling center staff can be reached during regular business hours at 274-3136. After regular business hours, a counselor is available for crises or emergencies. To access the counselor on call, you can call the Hammond Health Center at 274-3177 or the Office of Public Safety at 274-3333.

In sympathy and solidarity with our colleagues in higher education,

Peggy R. Williams, President of Ithaca College
Zach Ford, President of the Student Government Association

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Important Message for the Campus Community Comment from akearne1 on 04/16/07
The situation is unsettling and leaves many questions... I think that is was nice
for the college to extend its condolences. I too extend my condolences to all of
those affected.
Important Message for the Campus Community Comment from mdifrancesco on 04/17/07
My heart aches for the students, families, faculty and staff members of Virginia Tech. Words fail to describe my sadness and grief. I will be keeping them all in my thoughts and prayers.
Important Message for the Campus Community Comment from amcdona1 on 04/17/07
Citizens, college students and humans--together we mourn the loss of our
peers at Virginia Tech. The events that took place on their campus this
morning were hateful and devastating to all. Let us first join together in
prayer, for the victims, their friends and family.

In this day of the Risen Lord we can find hope and light in the dark of
today. We may not know or ever understand the cause of these events, but
in Christ we may find peace and comfort in knowing that our brothers and
sisters are now at peace. We pray for the members of the Virginia Tech
campus-students, faculty, professors and friends. Lord, hold us and our
peers in your warm and everlasting embrace. Helping us to find strength
and courage in light of this unbelievable tragedy.

Anyone affected seeking spiritual support or guidance should reach out to any of our communities on campus or find the chaplains in Muller Chapel.

Prayer previously sent to the Protestant Community Listserv
Important Message for the Campus Community Comment from rcowan on 04/18/07
Hokie Hope:

Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th as an "Orange and Maroon Effect Day" to honor those killed in the tragic events on the Virginia Tech campus and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and friends. Everyone from all over the country is invited to become a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday by wearing maroon and/or orange.