The Converse College family extends our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all those suffering as a result of the tragic events of April 16th at Virginia Tech. This day has been etched forever in our minds, as Converse shares a special bond with our colleagues and friends in the world of academia. Events such as this touch us all and send a haunting echo throughout our community.
Some members of the Converse family have suffered personal loss from this tragedy. They include alumni of Virginia Tech as well as friends and family of victims. We offer comfort and solace to them and all others during this very sad time.
Converse faculty, staff, students and friends joined together in reflection and prayer for those affected by this tragedy at prayer services on the evening of April 16 and at noon on April 17. A candlelight vigil was held at 8 PM on Thursday, April 26. Counseling is available for any member of the Converse College community who has need of this service. In memory of the victims and respect for their families, the Converse flags stand at half-mast.
Institutions of higher education are empowered by our passion for learning and expect to enjoy the protected and safe sanctuaries of our campuses. The Virginia Tech tragedy serves as solemn reminder that our campuses are not immune from senseless acts of violence. Converse has thorough emergency preparedness and crisis communications plans and is actively reviewing them in light of these events. Our highest priority is the safety and well being of the Converse community.
We offer heartfelt condolences and extend our fullest support to Virginia Tech and those touched by this heartbreaking tragedy. Converse joins with you in mourning the loss of life. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead.
–Dr. Elizabeth A. Fleming, President of Converse College