Massacre at Virginia Tech
Oh My Gosh--VA Tech!
('60) of TX - 04/16/07, 7:44 PM:
I've been listening to the news about the shooting at VA TECH. I just
wonder what is going on in our schools now days. School should be an
enjoyment to go and learn and look forward to the future. The worst thing I
can remember happening at school is somebody getting in a fight in the hall
way or meeting after school somewhere.
Not at my alma mater
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2007 10:41 PM by Dateline Editor
by Hoda Kotb, Dateline correspondent and Virginia Tech graduate, Class of 1986
Virginia Tech is where I went to college, itís where my brother went to college, itís where my sister went to college. We all went there and the decision was a no-brainer. There wasnít another school in the country we wanted to go to.
Today, Iím wearing orange, one of Virginia Techís colors. The school colors are actually maroon and orange. I remember in college, and we didnít love the color schemeó we thought the two colors clashed. Today, there is not another color I would rather be wearing.
When most people think of Virginia Tech, the very first thing that comes into mind is sports: football and basketball. All you would see during Virginia Techís football season was a sea of maroon and orange. You would hear the chant in the crowd. I can still hear it in my head, ďHokie, hokie, hokie high...Tech, Tech V-P-I.Ē
When you go to Tech, itís in your blood. I think of the kind of camaraderie and the pride -- they call it ďhokie pride.Ē It sounds corny, but it is how proud the students are of their school.
I never imagined that this is the way Virginia Tech would likely go down in history. I know everyone says that about their town: ďNot my town, my town is a little town,Ē or ďIt would never happen in my neighborhood.Ē
But Virginia Tech is a place away from the big cities. It is away from the big city problems, away from all of it. It felt insulated. It felt safe. I never felt uncomfortable walking on that campus.
Then to hear what happened at Tech today, at my school. I couldnít believe itóI still canít.
It was all just so surreal today to see the images on television. You canít help but look at those images. I have a girlfriend thatís a professor there. Was that her being carried out on a stretcher? Is she safe? I have friends who work on campus, friends in the communications department.
The school always meant something really warm and fuzzy to me. Today, I have a horribly sad feeling.
But Iím really hopeful because out of the worst tragedy, you watch people rise up. And it will happen on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Those students will rise up. Iíll bet on that.
I have been following the news closely and am relieved to report that so far, none of those involved are known to me or are children of anyone I know personally. Please feel free to share with me any personal reflections on the tragedy.
I did read a personal reaction article in the Roanoke Times this morning that captured many of my thoughts. As I read it, my emotions welled up for the first time to the point that I found myself having difficulty focusing on the text and realized that the tears which signify the welcome emotional release that accompanies the beginning of the healing process had arrived.
Feel free to share my thoughts and the attached copy of the Roanoke Times article with others.
Joe Drewry, BSME, VT 1963
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 04/17/07, 6:34 PM:
My daughter, who is a sophomore at Smith College, sent me this poem yesterday.
With great sorrow for the victims and their loved ones,
Thanks, Chris. That's quite moving.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/17/07, 10:20 PM:
Support our VT Family!
Please pass this around to those you know in honor of the students whose lives were saved and in memory of the faculty/students whose lives were lost. In moments like these, it makes us realize how grateful we are to have each day to live. It reminds us to enjoy our lives with the family and friends we have made and to never take it for granted. You never know what can happen a minute from now, an hour, a day, or in the next couple weeks.
Pass on this symbol, post it where you can and remember our fallen Hokies who lost their lives tragically yesterday!
http://www.vt.edu/ - 04/18/07
From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 04/18/07, 9:06 AM:
Join me Friday, April 20, in showing support and Hokie Pride...
Tragedy at Tech
I am still numb following the
events of 4/16 ... it is beyond comprehension. Like many of us, I have
friends and acquaintances that either went there or are currently there.
Tech was my first choice for post-HHS education but we could not financially
swing it so it was Tommy Tech for me and a hands-on career in electronics
which allowed me to back door into a job as Engineering Coordinator at Surry
Nuclear Power Station. I dated a HHS/Tech graduate during the mid 70s, my
manager is a Tech grad, many Engineers as well as our Chief Nuclear Officer
... the list goes
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/19/07, 1:34 PM:
Not that it excuses it but this clip shows a disturbed mind. Some of you may have already seen this. I had not.
Thank you, Shari.
I was indeed watching this last afternoon and evening as it unfolded.
From the Daily Press - 04/21/07:
Lauren Ashley McCain
- Lauren Ashley McCain, 20, a Virginia Tech freshman, entered into the place
prepared for her by the 'love of her life,' Jesus on Monday, April 16, 2007.
Born Dec. 20, 1986, she is the daughter of David and Sherry McCain of
Hampton. In addition to her parents, her brothers, Joel and Christian, and
her sister, Abby, survive her. Her loss is also felt by her maternal
grandparents, Robert and Louella Pickard; paternal grandmother, Ruth Ann
Boydstun; maternal great-grandmother, Fern Martin; aunts, uncles and cousins
who love her deeply. Lauren's life was characterized by her unwavering
commitment to serve her Lord and she radiated the love of Jesus that touched
everyone who knew her. Lauren attended grade school in Stillwater, Okla.,
and she began her relationship with Jesus Christ while attending Hillcrest
Baptist Church. Moving to Jacksonville Beach Elementary, she continued to
grow in the Lord at Mayport Naval Station Chapel, Fla. She attended Junior
High in Portland, Texas, attending First Baptist Church. Moving then to
Hampton, Va., Lauren was schooled at home participating in Restoring Moms
co-op for high school. She was actively involved in the youth and drama
ministries of Restoration Church, and then entered Virginia Tech which she
thought of as 'almost heaven.' She was also involved in Campus Crusade,
Bridges International Ministries and [nlcs] the church on campus at Virginia
Tech, where she touched many people with the love of Christ. It was from
there that she entered her heavenly home. Her family and friends cherish
wonderful memories of this beautiful, sensitive and caring young woman. The
family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at
Restoration Church-Phoebus Baptist, 508 Foxhill Road, Hampton, VA 23669. A
celebration of her life will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the
church. Interment will be in Shawnee, Okla. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Restoration Church to go towards Christian's and Abby's
college education and for Lauren's desire to fund an International Studies
student at Virginia Tech. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245
S. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23669.
From the Daily Press - 04/21/07:
Nicole Regina White
SMITHFIELD - Nicole Regina White, 20, of Park Place, died Monday, April 16,
2007, on the campus of Virginia Tech. A native of Portsmouth, she was the
daughter of David Mike and Tricia R. Gallagher White. Nicole was a Junior at
Virginia Tech, a member of Nansemond River Baptist Church, a lifeguard at
the YMCA in Smithfield and an EMT with the Smithfield Volunteer Rescue
Squad. She also volunteered at the Blacksburg Animal Shelter and the Women's
Abuse Center in Blacksburg. Besides her parents, she is survived by a
brother, Evan White of Smithfield; a maternal grandfather, Mark L. Gallagher
and his wife, Eileen, of Point Lookout, N.Y.; a paternal grandmother,
Rozelia 'Petesy' White of Portsmouth; and numerous aunts, uncles and
cousins. A maternal grandmother, Patricia Gallagher, and a paternal
grandfather, David R. White Jr., preceded her in death. A funeral will be at
11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Nansemond River Baptist Church by the Rev.
Tim Piland. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will
receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, Monday
and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to an Animal Shelter of choice or the Women's Resource Center of
Radford, P.O. Box 477, Radford, VA 24143.
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/26/07:
Prayer for Virginia Tech
It is a very nice remembrance.
Yes, it is. Thank you so much, Judy.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/07/07:
Thank you, Shari.
Into the West
(Theme from "The Lord Of The
Rings: The Return Of The King" - 2003 -
- Annie Lennox
(This page was created on 04/18/07.)
"Into the West" midi
"Into the West" lyrics
For some reason, the first song which came to
mind was "Into the West".
From Me - Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 04/18/07:
I think you're a genius,
Sir - Thanks!
Virginia Tech Ribbon
courtesy of my niece, Shari, of VA - 04/17/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06