WSU to Hold Panel Discussion, Memorial Service; Friday Afternoon Classes Canceled

PULLMAN, Wash. — To help people deal with the deeply felt grief across the Washington State University campus, a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at noon are planned for Friday, Sept. 14. Classes also are canceled for the afternoon.

WSU’s events are in concert with a call by U.S. President George W. Bush for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

“I encourage our students and other members of the WSU community to be with their families, friends and loved ones at this time,” WSU President V. Lane Rawlins said.

A series of panel discussions, “An American Tragedy: A Discussion – a Multi-Part Series,” begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Washington State University’s Compton Union Building Auditorium with “Dealing with Insecurity, Anger and Grief.”

Experts from the university and the local community will sit on this panel and two other discussions will follow in the next month.

Conducted by Rawlins, the noon event on the Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall will include remarks by WSU Provost Ron Hopkins, Student Affairs Vice President Charlene Jaeger and student leaders. A moment of silence requested by Gov. Gary Locke will begin at 12:30 p.m.

University offices will remain open, but the president encourages faculty and staff members to gather and talk about the tragedy. A number of university units are available to help facilitate group and personal discussions with university community members. A list of the groups, including the Employee Advisory Service, and the Human Resource Services and Human Relations and Diversity offices, can be seen at the following.