Biographies of Fallen NIU Students

Biographies of the 5 fallen NIU students are now available on the NIU memorial site at http://www.niu.edu/tragedy/memorial/biographies.html

Apparently, the young man who died, Daniel Parmenter, was actually shielding his girlfriend from the attack. Click here to read the complete story.

NIU Campus Shooting Tribute Video

There are many tribute videos springing up on YouTube memorializing the recent tragic events on the NIU campus. Here’s one of my favorites thus far:

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Update on Events at NIU

As some of you are aware, I have been putting in a lot of hours over the past few days as my department has been helping prepare resources for NIU faculty and assist with various logistics involved in dealing with the tragic events of the past week. For example, my office has created a handout for faculty on “Teaching in Times of Crisis” as well as compiled numerous resources for teaching after crisis. His office has also setup a new blog that they’ll be using as yet another way to communicate with NIU faculty and provide support resources moving forward.

You may or may not have heard on the news of the incredible efforts that are going on at the campus to respond to this tragedy and help faculty and students deal with the issues. A few of these efforts include:

  • NIU administrators have been in close communications with Virginia Tech and University of Arkansas officials, among others.
  • Many NIU offices, including Student Affairs and Counseling and Student Development Center, have been working night and day since the shootings
  • 300 counselors will be on campus for the first day of classes [Mon., 2/25] with the goal of having 1 counselor in each class for the first day. The recent memo from the Provost provides more details.
  • All NIU faculty as well as staff who work directly with students will be involved a 2 hour counseling session in preparations for welcoming students back to class. The complete schedule of sessions is here.

There are many other efforts going on behind-the-scenes that you may not ever hear about in the news but are further examples of why NIU is such a great university. After witnessing first-hand the response, I couldn’t be more impressed with the level of student support and safety on the campus. I’d have absolutely no reservations with someday sending my child to school at NIU.

The outpouring of support from other institutions as well as colleagues and friends has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who has expressed your support and been praying for the students, families, faculty and staff of NIU.

For those who have blogs or other sites and would like to help honor those who have lost their lives in this tragedy, NIU has made a memorial graphic available that can be posted on any site. The image is available here. When posting the image on your site, please make it a link to the NIU memorial page at http://www.niu.edu/tragedy/memorial.html

Resources for Teaching After Crisis

In response to the recent tragedy at NIU, my department is compiling information and resources for faculty at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/resources/crisis as the campus community begins the healing process. This page will be frequently updated in the days ahead to provide links to resources and details on special programs to be offered for NIU faculty.

In addition, our center has just launched a new blog that will also be using to help communicate information and updates to faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants in the days ahead. The new NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Blog is at http://facdev3.niu.edu/blog

NIU Tragedy Press Conference Video

As I posted earlier, the NIU campus is reeling from the recent shooting on campus. For those who are interested and weren’t able to watch it live, here’s a video of the press conference featuring comments from NIU President John Peters and NIU Police Chief Donald Grady responding to the tragic events.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6019734345013826121

In the press conference, Chief Grady discussed the rapid response of the NIU campus police force in response to first reports of the shooting. I can attest personally to the responsiveness of NIU police…they certainly are a highly trained and VERY responsive unit. There’s no doubt that police were on the scene within 29 seconds as Chief Grady noted.

Please continuing praying for the entire NIU community.