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Hollins Extends Sympathy and Support to Virginia Tech

Hollins University joins colleges and universities across the nation and around the world in extending our thoughts and prayers to the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech, and in expressing our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured during the horrific events of April 16.

Throughout this week, our campus community has united in spirit with our friends and colleagues in Blacksburg, beginning with a midday memorial service in duPont Chapel on April 17. The following day, a banner signed by students, faculty, and staff conveying our love and concern was personally delivered to Virginia Tech Student Affairs by our chaplain, Rev. Jan Fuller.

On the evening of April 19, Hollins students took part in the candlelight vigil held simultaneously by colleges and universities across the state.

A number of activities took place on April 20 in observance of the National Day of Mourning. Hollins community members wore Tech’s colors as encouraged nationwide by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for “Orange and Maroon Effect” Day. The Hollins Dance Department sponsored a Silent Walk on the Hollins athletic field. A Moment of Silence was held in duPont Chapel at noon. And, students, faculty and staff came together at The Rock, a campus landmark, for a group photo to show our solidarity with the Virginia Tech community. Earlier this week, Hollins students painted The Rock in Tech’s colors with the words, “We Are All Hokies.”

We want everyone at Virginia Tech to know that they have Hollins’ utmost sympathy and support as they begin the process of healing in the face of this unimaginable tragedy.

Nancy Gray