Lifting up Virginia Tech

More than 200 students‚ faculty and staff gathered on Kennesaw State University’s Campus Green to show solidarity and support for their peers at Virginia Tech during a “We Are All Hokies Now” rally April 25. Nancy King‚ vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Services‚ spoke to the crowd and encouraged them to lift up their hearts and prayers to the victims and their families. “Today we reflect on those who lost their lives – young and old – all of them full of great promise‚” said King. “This is a huge void that‚ frankly‚ can never be filled.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Apr 27, 2007) — More than 200 students‚ faculty and staff gathered on Kennesaw State University’s Campus Green to show solidarity and support for their peers at Virginia Tech during a “We Are All Hokies Now” rally April 25.

Nancy King‚ vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Services‚ spoke to the crowd and encouraged them to lift up their hearts and prayers to the victims and their families.

“Today we reflect on those who lost their lives – young and old – all of them full of great promise‚” said King. “This is a huge void that‚ frankly‚ can never be filled.

“You will all remember where you were and what you were doing the day the Virginia Tech tragedy occurred‚” said King‚ who could still recall exactly where she was when President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King‚ Jr. were assassinated in the 1960s.

In addition‚ King reassured the group that everything “humanly possible” is being done to ensure their safety on Kennesaw State’s 240−acre campus. She also encouraged students to become connected and active in the KSU community.

Student leaders and campus organizations‚ such as Gamma Beta Mu Leadership Society Inc.‚ the Kennesaw Activities Board‚ the Wesley Foundation‚ the Remix Dance Squad‚ KSU’s Student Government and Circle K‚ coordinated the event.

“I am so proud that this event came from the students‚” said Brooklynn Parrott‚ coordinator for the Kennesaw Activities Board and the Greek Life Program. “It sends a message to Virginia Tech and colleges across the country that although there has been a tragedy‚ we can still pick ourselves up and move forward.”

A photograph was taken of students who spelled out the letters “VT” on the sprawling green. The photo‚ specially printed T−shirts and donations collected at the event will be mailed to Virginia Tech’s student government association.


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