A Message from Dr. Ingram

13 Feb

February 12, 2015

The murders of three students in Chapel Hill earlier this week have affected many of us at Durham Tech, and in many ways. Several are still in shock that a Durham Tech student has been charged with this crime, while others mourn the deaths of neighbors and friends. Still others wonder whether this attack was deliberately aimed at members of a faith community or a whether it was simply an act committed by a violent and volatile individual over a parking space.  But in any case it is important that all members of the Durham Tech community know what resources are available to help deal with the aftermath of this senseless tragedy.

I have conveyed my personal feelings of regret to my colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.  I know that vigils have been carried out or are being planned on those and other campuses in the Triangle region, and I encourage those of you who want to express your feelings in that way to participate.  As of late this afternoon there was some discussion about a similar event on our campus early next week. We will provide details should that event materialize.

Professional counseling is available to every member of the Durham Tech community.  Employees can learn about a range of confidential services available through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at the following link on the college’s web site:  http://www.durhamtech.edu/faculty/employees/sectionIII3.htm. You can get more information about the EAP by calling Kathy McKinley, Director of Human Resources, at campus extension 5102.

Confidential counseling is available to students through the office of Counseling, Student Development and Activities, located in room 1209 of the Wynn Center.  Students can also call the Counseling Services office at 919-536-7200 ext. 1413.  In addition to providing counseling assistance on campus, the staff can also provide referrals to community resources for those who want or need them. Finally, if you feel concerned about your safety or the safety of others at any time you can contact the Campus Police and Public Safety department at extension 5555 from any campus phone or at 919-536-7255.

We will monitor the investigation of this crime as it continues to develop and may provide additional assistance or support as the situation warrants.  Meanwhile, I ask everyone at Durham Tech to join me in mourning deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, and, regardless of faith or creed, please keep them, and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Bill Ingram

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