Taskforce on Interpersonal Violence to hold ‘Responding to Virginia Tech’ meetings at Kennesaw State on Thursday

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 19‚ 2007) — In wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy‚ the…

Georgia (Apr 19, 2007) — Taskforce on Interpersonal Violence to hold ‘Responding to Virginia Tech’ meetings at Kennesaw State on Thursday

Stacey Moore


Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison

Contact: Stacey Moore‚ 770−423−6203 or smoore66@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 19‚ 2007) — In wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy‚ the Taskforce on Interpersonal Violence is holding two separate open forums Thursday‚ April 19‚ to provide an environment for people to discuss their reactions to the horrific shootings that occurred on Monday.

The first “Responding to Virginia Tech” meeting will be held in the new Social Sciences Building Auditorium at 12:30 p.m.‚ The second meeting at the University Village Centre will be held at 9 p.m. Students will hear from‚ KSU Chief of Police Ted Cochran‚ Robert Mattox‚ director of the university’s Counseling and Advising Program Services as well as a member of Kennesaw State University’s cabinet.

The event is being coordinated by the newly organized KSU Taskforce on Interpersonal Violence (TIV)‚ a group committed to supporting comprehensive services for students‚ faculty and staff who have been victims of sexual assault‚ domestic/dating violence‚ stalking‚ harassment and all other forms of interpersonal violence‚ and to preventing further violence from occurring.

“We plan to discuss how KSU is prepared to handle such an event as Virginia Tech‚” said Michelle Emerson‚ assistant professor of criminal justice and co−leader of TIV. “We also hope to alleviate some of the stress students may be feeling by answering their questions and offering suggestions for the healing process that we all face right now.”

The TIV is comprised of campus and community representatives‚ including KSU Police‚ Counseling and Advising Program Services‚ Health Clinic Services‚ Gender and Women’s Studies‚ Center for Health Promotions and Wellness‚ Residence Life‚ Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice‚ Department of Psychology‚ Athletics‚ Safe Space‚ Student Development Center‚ Judiciary Program and Greek Life. Community representatives include the YWCA of Northwest Georgia‚ the Cobb County Police Department‚ Cobb County District Attorney’s Office and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.

For further information on attending the event‚ or to schedule an interview with Dr. Emerson‚ please contact Stacey Moore at 770−423−6343.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu