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Mason Police to Deliver Items to Virginia Tech

Friday, April 27

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be raising money for the Hokie Spirit Fund for the families that have lost their loved ones in the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech.  We will be having a kiosk in the JC Atrium from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27th. 

Thursday, April 26

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be raising money for the Hokie Spirit Fund for the families that have lost their loved ones in the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech.  We will be having a kiosk in the JC Atrium from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27th. 

Dialogue Event
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD

Dialogue and Difference Initiative and CAR sponsoring a Dialogue event following the tragedies at Virginia Tech last week. This event will be an opportunity for anyone who’s interested in particpating in a dialogue surrounding the questions: W hat does it mean to heal? What are ways that make us feel supported and cared for in times of tragedy? What are some ways in which we can bring those aspects to those directly/indirectly affected by the events earlier this week? What are some ways we can support and care more for one another within our campus community? Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Danielle Wyman at.

Wednesday, April 25

Moment of Silence
When: Noon
Where: Victims' Rights Walk/Race
Sexual Assault Services will offer orange and maroon ribbons at all of their week's events.

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be raising money for the Hokie Spirit Fund for the families that have lost their loved ones in the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech.  We will be having a kiosk in the JC Atrium from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27th. 

Tuesday, April 24

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be raising money for the Hokie Spirit Fund for the families that have lost their loved ones in the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech.  We will be having a kiosk in the JC Atrium from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27th. 

A patrol officer will drive to Virginia Tech to deliver condolence items and monetary donations.

Monday, April 23

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be raising money for the Hokie Spirit Fund for the families that have lost their loved ones in the tradegy that occured at Virginia Tech.  We will be having a kiosk in the JC Atrium from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27th. 

Saturday, April 21

Car Wash at Carlos O'Kelly's
Hosted by the sisters of Chi-Omega and the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Carlos O'Kelly's Restaurant, located across the street from Fairfax Square and 7-11 on Main Street as you are traveling toward Woodson High School.
Donation only; proceeds will be donated to the * Hokie Spirit (Virginia Tech) Memorial Fund.

Friday, April 20

Orange and Maroon Effect Day
Support families of Virginia Tech students by wearing orange and maroon. (Nation wide participation)

Arlington Campus Memorial Message Boards
Expressions of condolence wishes to Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and families can be added to message boards in the lobbies of all three buildings on the Arlington campus. Tables will be set up on the second floor of the Original Building, the Law School Atrium, and the first floor of the Truland Building. Memorial ribbons can also be obtained at these locations.

Thursday, April 19

University-Wide Vigil Service
Where: Mason's North Plaza
When: 7 p.m. (rain or shine)

Mass in Memory of the Virginia Tech Victims
Catholic Campus Ministry
When:
5 p.m.
Where: Bellarmine Chapel

Virginia21 Vigil
Thousands of students and supporters at Virginia's colleges and universities will be showing support and solidarity with the Virginia Tech community at 9 p.m., by having a moment of silence.
When:
9 p.m.
Where: Virginia Commonwealth colleges and universities

"Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?"
Worship and prayer hosted by the Campus Crusade for Christ
When:
8:30 p.m.
Where: SUB 2, Front Ballroom

Make a Support Virginia Tech Ribbon
When: Noon - 5 p.m.
Where:
Student Activities Conference Room

Wednesday, April 18

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is hosted a drop-in support group for friends of Virginia Tech from 6 - 7 p.m. in SUB I, Room 364

Brown Bag Dialogue
When: Noon - 2 p.m.
Where: NCC Conference Room (Enterprise Hall, Room 418)
Al Fuertes, instructor with NCC and specialist in trauma healing, led students, faculty, and staff in activities and conversations to help us as we move forward. New Century College (NCC) event

"Time for Prayer and Reflection"
When: Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: SUB I, room A
All were welcomed to gather for mutual support and to honor those who are suffering.

Make a Support Virginia Tech Ribbon
When: Noon - 5 p.m.
Where:
Student Activities Conference Room

Counseling
When:
Lunch and dinner hours
Where:
Ciao Hall
Off hour counseling was available
Contact information on the website

Table on the JC North Plaza
People wrote personal messages of hope, love and support. These messages will be collected and mailed to colleagues at the Virginia Tech Campus. Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education event

Tuesday, April 17

Moment of Silence
When: 2 p.m.
Held on the Mason campus during the same time Virginia Tech was holding their Convocation. Information is being shared via the Facebook group "Pray for Virginia Tech."

Donations to Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech has set up the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund as the official place for donations. Other websites soliciting donations for victims of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech may be fraudulent.
  • The United Way of New River Valley has established an account to provide assistance to victims' families for funeral and burial costs, transportation costs, or other immediate costs. Donations may also cover costs for uncovered medical costs to wounded victims and for community agencies that may incur unusual costs associated with responses to the event. Contributions may be made via the web site or by mailing gifts to UWMRF, P. O. Box 6202, Christiansburg, VA 24068. Please indicate that your donation goes specifically to this fund. For more information: 540-381-2066 or stephanie@unitedwaynrv.org.
  • Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army who have participated in relief efforts in Blacksburg.
  • On behalf of The BACCHUS Network, Area 12, you may send financial memorials payable to the “Virginia Tech Foundation,” designated specifically for the “Virginia Tech Family Fund,” to University Development, 902 Prices Fork Road (0336), Blacksburg, VA 24061.
  • To offer support to the Police Department at Virginia Tech: if you would like to extend condolences, messages of love and support, prayers from you and/or your communities and churches to the Police Department at Virginia Tech, please feel free to send notes of support. Notes can be mailed to the following addresses.
    1. Town of Blacksburg Police Department, 200 Clay St. Blacksburg, VA 24062, attention: Chief Kim Crannis
    2. Virginia Tech Police Department, Sterrett Facilities Complex, Blacksburg, VA 2406, attention: Chief Wendell Flinchum

    Ongoing Events

    • Broadside Online, created a blog via blogspot.com for students to participate in online discussions (created on 4/16)
    • Counseling Center staff are available 24/7 and encourage the Mason community to take advantage of the counseling opportunities.

    Campus Resources and Support

    1. Mason's Counseling Center is available 24/7
      Phone: 703-993-2380
    2. Tips for College and University Students: Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings(web site from the American Psychological Association)
    3. "Broadside" online
    4. April 16 memorial web site developed to honor and remember victims of Monday's tragedy. Virginia Tech created this site for individuals to share condolences, thoughts, and prayers. If you would like to do so, visit
    5. Campus Ministry Services
    6. National Organization for Victim Assistance: Coping With Reactions to Mass Tragedy and the Aftermath
    7. Faculty and staff enrolled in either Kaiser Permenente or COVA Care have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ValueOptions. Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, child or elder care, grief counseling, legal or financial services, and more. See the web site.
    8. George Mason Hillel
    9. AGPA Resource Information for Dealing With Disasters
    10. Tips for College and University Students: Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings

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