B-CU prays for VT

April 18, 2007

Higher education is a close knit community. What happens in great magnitude at one school affects all schools. Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech was embraced by the Bethune-Cookman University community as we gathered for a Vigil Service on Tuesday, April 17, in the Gertrude Hotchkiss Heyn Memorial Chapel to pray for the souls of those who lost their lives and the families left to grieve.

A student at Texas University at Austin in 1966 when sniper Charles Whitman killed 16 people with a rifle from atop a 27-story tower in the heart of the campus, President Trudie Kibbe Reed called on her painful memories to help us remember that God is really our strong tower in times like these and that prayer is the answer. She urged students to try to transform their fear into empathy. (Click here for full story.)

As Bethune-Cookman University and colleges and universities across the nation recover from the shock of Monday’s incident, administrators and law enforcement agencies will study security programs and communications systems to discuss ways in which campus crime can be prevented. President Reed and her Cabinet are conducting assessments of existing security programs and ways to improve campus security. They have held several focus groups, conversations and interviews with the B-CU security team, students, and campus personnel.

Watch for future statements and communications for students, parents, and alumni regarding security enhancements and upgrades at Bethune-Cookman University.

Be not afraid, do not worry about anything, but pray about everything. Philippians 4.

Click here for photos from the Tuesday, April 17 Vigil Service.

Office of Public Relations

Shirley Range

PH: 386-481-2950

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers more than 40 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.