I am deeply saddened to have to write to you again this afternoon, this time to address the senseless violence that took place in Las Vegas. A member of our Mansfield University family was in Las Vegas at the concert event when this tragedy unfolded. He and his family are physically safe, and we are so very thankful to the first responders and the brave men and women who selflessly assisted in the efforts to save as many people as possible.
I want to remind everyone, once again, that we are stronger together. We are stronger when we help each other. We are stronger when we stand united as one. Although I will never be able to explain to you, or anyone else, why senseless acts of violence continue to plague our country, I do know that together we will rise to meet our challenges. We live in difficult times; there is no doubt about that. We are free to engage in peaceful and respectful protest, we are free to speak our words, but we must remember that it is our differences that make us great. It is from our differences that we stand to learn so much.
We have various campus resources available for those who feel that they need assistance. The Mansfield University Counseling Center is available to anyone who may need help. You may schedule an appointment by calling 570-662-4695 or 570-662-4436. You may also stop by Room 144 in South Hall to schedule an appointment or e-mail Laurie Buck at email@example.com. You may also "walk in." If you do, you will be seen as soon as a counselor is available. You may request a specific counselor, and the Center will make every effort to comply with your wishes as soon as possible.
Counseling Center hours are:
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In case of an after-hours EMERGENCY, contact your resident assistant or campus police at 570-662-4900.
Mansfield University also provides United Campus Ministries to our faculty, staff, students, and community. The office is located in 122 Alumni Hall. Pastor Lynn Johnson can be contacted at 570-662-4421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I ask once again that we bond together and remember that one of our core beliefs as a university community is that “We believe in celebrating humanity. We enrich ourselves and others by sharing and exploring our similarities and our differences." I remind you that we are committed to your success and to your safety. We look forward to continuing our dialogue about ways we can all work together to resist hatred and foster mutual respect throughout our community and beyond. This is our university and we are stronger together. This is our university because each one of you is a part of it, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.