April 18, 2007
CONTACT: DeAnna Hines, (404) 651-3025
Message from President Patton regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy
To: Members of the Georgia State University Community
From: President Carl V. Patton
The events that took place at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on Monday are tragic. Iâ€™m sure everyone joins me in sending condolences to the entire Virginia Tech community.
Please know that if a similar event should happen on the Georgia State campus, we will make every effort to communicate information to the university community as frequently as possible. This will be done through e-mail alerts, continual postings on the Georgia State Web site, phone trees and alerts relayed through the news media.
However, we also will ask that everyone protect themselves by not venturing into harm's way by leaving their offices, classrooms and housing units. And, if you are off campus at the time of this type of tragedy, we ask that you do not come to campus.
Following a traumatic event like this, it is normal for many to experience some type of stress reaction. Reactions can vary, and I encourage everyone to be mindful of them over the next few days as more detailed information about the Virginia Tech tragedy is made available.
As always, support is available for Georgia State students who may feel the need to speak with someone. Confidential counseling is available at the Counseling Center at 106 Courtland St., 404-651-2211. There is no charge to meet with a professional counselor at the Counseling Center.
For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is available to provide support. You can arrange an appointment by calling 404-651-4741.
Also, the Counseling Center recommends the following as you absorb this recent event:
Talk with others whom you trust about your reactions.
Eat well, exercise and rest as well as you can.
Limit the amount of media coverage you watch if you feel flooded or overwhelmed by the news.
Recognize that your reactions are normal and that the symptoms will improve with time.