Message from Dean Polsby on the Virginia Tech Tragedy

From Dean Dan Polsby

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the members of the Virginia Tech community who are hurting because of last Monday's terrible events. Our students and staff should know that we are reviewing our security plans and procedures, and are doing all that is feasible and appropriate to ensure the safety of members of our community.

More information about Mason's response to the events of this week can be found on University and law school's web pages.

Virginia Tech Outreach

George Mason has organized various outreach efforts in response to the tragic events at Virginia Tech. You can find information about these efforts and about counseling services at The events include a University-wide Vigil Service on Thursday, April 19, 2007, on the North Plaza of the Fairfax Campus, and on Friday, April 20, 2007, Orange and Maroon Effect Day on which people can show support for he families of Virginia Tech students by wearing orange and maroon.

In addition, a memorial message board will be in the law school atrium to provide the Mason community with the opportunity to express condolence wishes to Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and families.

Governor Kaine Announces Statewide Day Of Mourning

Governor Timothy M. Kaine has declared Friday, April 20, 2007 a statewide day of mourning for the victims of Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech.

On Friday, Governor Kaine will participate in a service of remembrance at Monroe Park on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has encouraged other communities in Virginia and across the nation to hold their own simultaneous observances, beginning with the ringing of bells at noon, eastern daylight savings time.  "As our Commonwealth begins the long and difficult healing process, I am filled with images of a Virginia Tech community that is resilient and unified," said Governor Kaine. "I ask that everyone in Virginia pause at noon on Friday to offer their support for the victims, their families, and for all those affected by this tragedy."

The Governor encourages employees to participate in noon hour gatherings being held around the Commonwealth that are near their work sites. The Richmond observance will take place at Monroe Park, Belvidere and Main Streets, and will begin at noon eastern daylight savings time.

Funds Established for Virginia Tech Survivors

In response to many inquires about opportunities to assist survivors, please take note of the following funds that have been established:

United in Caring Fund - United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd Counties has established the "United in Caring Fund" for victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Contributions may be made via the internet or by mailing gifts to UWMFR, P.O. Box 6202, Christiansburg, Va., 24068. Please indicate that your donation goes specifically to this fund. For more information call (540) 381-2066 or email the organization.

Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund - Virginia Tech has established the "Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund" to aid in the healing process and generate financial support for expenses, including grief counseling, memorials, communication expenses, comfort expenses and incidental needs. Contributions can be made online.