Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for Virginia Tech victims

4/17/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

A candlelight vigil Tuesday night in the ASUN Auditorium of the Jot Travis Student Union (JTSU) remembered those killed and honored those injured at Virginia Tech University Monday. The event was organized by ASUN and the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and was attended by more than 700 students and members of the faculty, staff and local community. The University choir and the Greater Light Christian choir performed, and speakers included University students, administrators and area religious leaders.

"On behalf of the undergraduate student body, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the members of the Virginia Tech campus community affected by today's tragedies," said Jeff Champagne, ASUN president, and Sarah Ragsdale, ASUN president-elect, in a joint statement Monday. "In this difficult time, it is important for our university community to unite; therefore, we would like to invite all members of the campus and Reno/Sparks communities to join us for the candlelight vigil."

The student organizations are also raising money to help injured students and families of students that were killed. Donations can be made to the "Virginia Tech Victims Fund" (account number 5076063329) at any Wells Fargo Bank location.

According to GSA President Rebecca Bevans, student organizers will work directly with contacts at Virginia Tech to determine areas of financial need and to ensure that donations are made to individuals directly impacted by the incident.

"On behalf of the Graduate Student Association, I would like to send our deepest regrets to the students and their families on the Virginia Tech campus. What happened yesterday was a horrific event, the effects of which will be felt for years to come," Bevans said in a written statement. "We are extremely saddened by the devastation that has been caused and wish to extend our hearts and sympathies to all of those affected."

The University offers free, professional and confidential counseling services to help graduate and undergraduate students with personal, psychological, mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. Counselors are on-hand to help students who might need assistance dealing with the Virginia Tech tragedy. To access these services, students may visit the counseling office located in the Thompson Building, just south of Getchell Library, in room 202, or call (775) 784-4648 for information or an appointment.

Free, professional and confidential counseling is also available to University faculty and staff members through the Employee Assistance Program. For information or an appointment, call (702)364-1484 in Las Vegas or (800)873-2246 from anywhere else in Nevada.


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