Los Angeles area universities to hold memorial services in support of the Virginia Tech community

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/04/vt-hokienation-thumb.jpgAs a Bruin undergrad (once a Bruin, always a Bruin) and a current graduate student (not at UCLA), I get event announcements sent to my academic email addresses, as well as through Facebook. I imagine college students on campus, in particular, feel greatly impacted by the events at Virginia Tech this week.

UCLA Vigil in Support for Virginia Tech
Hosted by ORL and USAC President’s Office
Thursday, April 19, 2007 : 8:00pm – 9:00pm
De Neve Plaza, UCLA
(Separately, here is Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams’ statement on campus security)

USC Interfaith Memorial Service
Thursday, April 19, 2007 : 5:00pm
University Park Campus, United University Church, USC
(No statement by USC President Steven B. Sample was available online)

At LMU, President Robert B Lawton announces:

There are multiple, daily Masses at Sacred Heart Chapel throughout this week, and each celebrant will specifically offer the Mass in memory of the Virginia Tech victims. Also, Campus Ministry has placed a prayer book in the vestibule of the chapel so that the campus community may write a message or petition of prayer for the victims and their families. The prayer book then will be sent to Virginia Tech.

(More after the jump)

Pepperdine already sent out an email on the day of the event and held a prayer service for the Virginia Tech shooting vicitms at 4:30pm on Monday, 4/16 at Stauffer Chapel on campus. (Although I haven’t heard of other services, I imagine this was not the only one.)

Today from 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., the Occidental community gathered for a memorial reflection in the north-east Johnson student Center quad. Occidental President Susan Prager’s statement mentioned that had sent a condolence message to VT President Charles Steger on Tuesday and emphasized emergency management efforts (both prevention and response), and also gave a link to an overview of Occidental’s disaster preparedness plan.

Although I couldn’t find any service event being held at CSUN, President Jolene Koester emphasizes CSUN’s commitment to campus security in her statement:

I am confident we as a university community will find ways to respond at Cal State Northridge to this tragedy. These include understanding what occurred, addressing feelings of distress or sorrow that may arise here, considering how to best express support for the Virginia Tech community, and continually assessing our own preparedness.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pecoraro