North Park Responds to Virginia Tech Tragedy

CHICAGO, IL (April 16, 2007) – The North Park University community joins thousands of others across our country and around the world in extending sympathy, hope, prayers, and support to the many impacted by the tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech University today.

"On behalf of everyone at North Park University, I offer heartfelt condolences to President Charles Steger and the entire Virginia Tech campus community," said North Park University President David Parkyn. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were lost and with each person with ties to this sister institution of higher education."

While we would not expect a threat to our campus in a situation like this, North Park University has been in contact with the Chicago Police Department, who has assured the North Park community that the full resources of the Department are at its disposal. Patrols are paying special attention to all local college campuses and North Park's Campus Security has increased on-campus patrols in the aftermath of this tragedy.

As always, the University encourages personal vigilance on the part of all community members. Faculty, staff and students who witness suspicious behavior should contact Campus Security at extension 5600.

Students struggling to come to terms with this tragedy and all of its ramifications are encouraged to contact Counseling Services at extension 5569.

The North Park campus community will gather together on Wednesday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Anderson Chapel for chapel, during which a moment of silence will be observed in memory of the victims and in solidarity with the Virginia Tech community. Interim Campus Pastor Judy Peterson will speak on the topic of living in a world that is not "safe."