One week after students and faculty were tragically killed at Virginia Tech, Salisbury University honors their memory and demonstrates support for their families, friends and classmates with three special events.
The Governor of the State of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, has asked all local governments, churches, community groups, schools, businesses, and individuals across the State to honor those victims whose lives were lost in the tragic events at Virginia Tech University by ringing bells at noon Friday, April 20.
The carillon in the Holloway Hall bell tower will strike 32 times in memory of the VTU students and faculty killed, and then play a brief selection of music as part of Salisbury University's participation in this Day of Mourning.
President Janet Dudley-Eshbach asks that you take a moment when you hear the bells to think about the lives lost and the many bereaved family members and friends devastated by these murders.
On Monday, April 23, the front lawn of Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall was part of Hokie Nation. To applause, cheers and chants of “Let’s Go Hokies,” some 1,000 Salisbury University students, faculty and staff streamed across campus wearing ribbons and Virginia Tech and SU colors to honor the stricken university. The picture which includes the banner, “Today We Are All Hokies” with the added inscription “and beyond today you will remain in our thoughts and prayers here at Salisbury University” is being sent to VT.
Songs of praise from the Salisbury University Gospel Choir, reflections by faculty who graduated from Virginia Tech, a moment of silence while the University chimes tolled for those who had died—all part of the candlelight vigil held in Red Square Monday, April 23—brought the SU campus together in a profound sense of community. An estimated 500 students, faculty and staff attended and also signed a banner to be sent to VT. Drs. Dean Ravizza, Mike Bardzell and Jason McCartney of the SU faculty spoke. They and Dr. Natalia Lion, who also attended the vigil, are VT alumni. As the prayer of St. Francis was read, its words, “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand,” captured the spirit of the evening.
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