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LETTER FROM JMU PRESIDENT LINWOOD ROSE

From: Media Relations

September 11, 2001

The James Madison University Community, along with the entire nation, mourns the untold numbers of Americans who have died or been seriously injured by Tuesday's terrorists attacks in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

No doubt many JMU students have been touched personally by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

This is an exceedingly difficult time for all of us. There is no question that the date of September 11, 2001, will be indelibly etched on our minds forever as one of the darkest days in our history.

It is extremely important in this time of crisis that we remain calm. Most of all, we must support one another and demonstrate the true spirit of togetherness of James Madison University.

As you are aware, there are some disruptions of services. Telephone circuits have been overloaded and we were forced on Tuesday to halt service to certain parts of campus to prevent the entire system from collapsing. Hopefully, this will not be necessary on Wednesday.

The decision to hold classes on Tuesday and to again operate on a normal schedule on Wednesday was made after long and careful consideration. The Governor has also directed that state agencies remain open. It was felt that in these difficult times, students need to remain engaged and have a sense of stability. Faculty members can certainly serve as a source for support. It is my hope that members of our campus community will assist one another as necessary. For those of you who may ultimately be faced with tragedy related to your own family or friends, be assured that you can rely upon the understanding, compassion and friendship of the faculty, staff and students of this university.

I have received numerous inquiries about the flags on campus being flown at half-staff. We can only lower flags to half-staff on the direction of the Governor and we did so once we received notification late on Tuesday afternoon.

I was truly heartened to learn that our students had responded to the call for blood donations to the point that Rockingham Memorial Hospital could not accommodate all the donors. A special blood drive has been scheduled by the Red Cross for Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m., at the JMU Convocation Center. I urge everyone who can to respond to the need for blood donors.

This is a terrible time for our nation. I call on every member of the JMU Community to support one another. Inquire about your friends and associates. Make sure that they are OK, and assist them if they are not.

Say a prayer for the victims of this action and for the members of the JMU Community whose lives have been touched by the horrible events of Tuesday.

Linwood H. Rose
President