RENO, Nev. –Dear Colleagues:
Many of you have followed the news of the recent tragedy at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Many of us feel a connection when tragedy strikes a sister institution. Students, lecture halls, classes, campus life, teaching assistants–all of these details connect us to other campus communities.
When tragedy strikes another college of university, we feel its impact here.
Thursday’s events were a terrible tragedy, and we are filled with sadness for the victims, their families as well as all of the members of the Northern Illinois community. We have several individuals on our campus who are either graduates of NIU or who have worked there previously. I know the president at Northern Illinois University quite well; we were once colleagues. The world of universities and colleges is a very special and tight-knit world, and when there is tragedy at one institution, we all feel a profound sense of grief, sorrow and loss for our colleagues and friends.
We are shaken by these events and many are understandably fearful. I ask that you all redouble your efforts to stay safe and that you reach out to others during this difficult time. The University is making available free, professional and confidential counseling services to help graduate and undergraduate students who might need assistance dealing with this tragedy. Students may visit the counseling office located in room 202 of the Thompson Building, just south of Getchell Library, or call (775) 784-4648 for information or an appointment. After 5 p.m. today and through the President’s Day weekend, you can access counseling via the service’s after-hours phone at (775) 544-0492.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to our fellow students, faculty and staff at NIU. Our thoughts are with these colleagues during this difficult time.
Milton D. Glick