this communication would be filled with the traditional welcome
messages about jobs well done during move-in and Welcome
Weekend, I need to
talk with you in a different way right now.
experienced several extremely challenging and tragic events over
several days. I share your sadness and shock. I am concerned for
you, for your
families, and for our community. We have much to sort through as
we try to
figure out the best ways to deal with what we are feeling right
now and how we
move forward from here.
am encouraged by what I am hearing and seeing from you,
especially on social
media. I am seeing an overwhelming message of support for one
another and a
commitment to this university as a community whose members care
another. Thank you for stepping up. Please continue to do so.
Watch out for
each other, and take good care of yourself. We heard this during
and it is good advice: Take chances and experience new things,
but be safe.
want to emphasize
this point above all: We are here to help you. You are not
alone. If you are hurting
or confused, talk to us, and talk to each other.
for being part of this university community. I wish you all a
Michael A. Driscoll