Communication from NRCC President, Dr. Jack Lewis
April 07, 2014
This time last year, we faced the most serious challenge in our institutional history. I was impressed and touched by the way that we handled that challenge – as a family. Arm-in-arm, we began the long and daunting task of healing.
I could not be more proud of the progress we have made. Moreover, as I reflect on the last year, I find that the commitment we made to each other last spring has not waned. We have continued to support each other and work together to make our college better than ever before. Looking ahead, we recognize that there is more to be done, but we can rest assured in our knowledge that, together, we can accomplish anything.
That said, we do not want to diminish in any way the seriousness of the impact of last April’s incident and its aftermath. Please know that we continue to be concerned about the well-being of all those affected, and that NRCC’s commitment to helping its students and employees get the assistance they need for recovery has not wavered. Should you find that you are still in need of support, please visit nr.edu/support or contact the college Counseling Center at 540-674-3609.
For those of you who might feel the need to mark the day, let me challenge you to do something this weekend that helps someone else. Donate to a charity of your choice, or to an individual in need. Participate in a clean-up project. Volunteer at a hospital or an animal shelter. Rather than commemorating an act of violence, let’s choose instead to make April 12 a day of civility and service to our community.
Dr. Jack Lewis
Those who were in the mall on Friday, April 12, 2013, qualify for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund which can assist with medical and mental health expenses as well as mileage to/from medical/counseling appointments related to recovery. Find more information here: http://www.cicf.state.va.us/.
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