February 15, 2008

Dear Bucknellians,
 
Bucknell joins the world in extending its sympathy to the community of Northern Illinois University that has been so sadly struck by sorrow with yesterday's tragic events. Please know that the University's Office of Psychological Services, Chaplain's Office, and Dean of Students Office remain ready to counsel any students, faculty or staff who may require assistance, and we hope you will encourage those you know who may need that assistance to reach out to those offices.

Tomorrow night, in advance of the men's basketball game, the University will hold a moment of silence in honor of those who were victims of this tragedy. We know all Bucknellians will be there at least in spirit with the compassion and good will for which Bucknell is known.

Through our Office of Housing and Residential Life, we also are contacting all Bucknell students that we know to have NIU connections to ensure that they are okay and to let them know the University's assistance is available. Through our Alumni Office, we are reaching out to Bucknell alumni whom we know to have personal connections to NIU to offer any support we might provide.

As you know from recent campus discussion, the University regularly and thoroughly reviews its comprehensive emergency preparedness and crisis management plans. As you can imagine, yesterday's terrible events compel us to re-examine these to ensure we have taken every possible step to be prepared to deal with a crisis. The safety of our students and our campus is of utmost concern to all of us at the University.
 
We continue to hold the community of NIU in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your support for NIU, Bucknell and our higher education community at this time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Brian C. Mitchell
President

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 15, 2008

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