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A Message from President Gibralter
04/23/2007

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends of Frostburg State University,

Frostburg State University continues to come together to share the sorrow that has struck Virginia Tech, and to support those who have been deeply affected by this tragedy. In addition, the University is reviewing its crisis intervention plans to make sure we are doing all we can to protect the members of our own community.

I encourage you to continue to reach out to those who are truly hurting from the trauma this event has caused. The FSU Counseling Center remains 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. Please call them at (301) 687-4234 or visit them in Sand Spring Hall.

A Committee to review our Emergency Management Plan has been convened to look at existing campus security issues and ensure that we are as safe as we can possibly be. I am very grateful to the scores of students, faculty and staff who responded to my request for feedback in developing an improved system of communication in the event of an emergency. Your responses are being shared with this committee. The safety of our students and our campus is of utmost concern to all of us at the University, and we undertake this review with the greatest seriousness.

I promise to keep you apprised of our conversations. Most importantly, in the near future we will be providing information to the University community and also conducting drills of emergency procedures.

FSU has held a number of events to mark the tragedy. On Tuesday, April 17, members of the campus community gathered in the Osborne Newman Center to reflect on the events of the previous day. On Friday, April 20, FSU joined in the national "Hokie Hope" effort in which students and colleagues at campuses across the country wore orange and maroon as a show of solidarity with Virginia Tech. Later that evening, the campus and the community joined a Candlelight Walk of Remembrance through FSU. The procession followed a banner that was signed by scores of FSU well-wishers that will be sent to Virginia Tech. Individual organizations have also commemorated the lives lost that day in their own ways.

As I’ve said before, if you observe anything that could affect the health or safety of any member of the Frostburg community, please contact University Police at 301-687-4222 (ext. 4222 from an on-campus phone).

We continue to hold Virginia Tech and everyone connected to that University in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your support for Virginia Tech, Frostburg State University and our higher education community at this time.

Sincerely,

Jonathan C. Gibralter, President

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu