Follow-up to Monday's remembrance event

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:

On Monday evening, more than 170 members of the university and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the terrible tragedy in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.

In attendance were students, faculty, staff and community members, new students joining our campus for the first time, their parents and families, counselors, representatives from the Henderson Springs LGBT Center, Multicultural Student Development and the Women’s Center, Florida residents visiting our community, and members of the faith-based community from Boone and the greater community.

For those still navigating grief and other emotions related to the Orlando tragedy, please remember there are many resources available at Appalachian. I would also like to share an invitation from members of the broader High Country faith-based community to a multi-faith service tonight, June 15, at 6pm at the Temple of the High Country, located a short distance from campus at 1043 West King Street in Boone.

As we express our grief and show solidarity with the victims of this weekend’s tragic shooting, their families and loved ones, the city of Orlando, and the LGBTQ community, I find hope and solace in the power of a community that stands together.


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts