John Moore, president, sent this letter to the Drury community:
To The Drury Community,
The tragic acts of terrorism today in New York and Washington have shocked and saddened us all - even as they have made us realize how vulnerable a free and open society can be to such possibilities. In varying degrees, we have all been preoccupied by news reports and efforts to make sense out of the destruction and disruption that have been visited on our country today. All of our immediate concerns are focused on the many people killed and injured in these terrorist attacks. I talked to my daughter early this afternoon who told me that the Medical College of Virginia, where she is in medical school, has been mobilized and was receiving wounded from the attack on the Pentagon.
In coming days we will make some sense of these seemingly senseless attacks. I am confident that our national leaders will take deliberate steps to enhance security and determine responsibility for these acts of terrorism. There will likely be a carefully considered and measured response. And in the meantime, I believe it is important for the Drury community to continue to operate as normally as we can, doing what we do so well. It is important, too, to pray for peace in the world, for wisdom, for patience, and even for reconciliation and forgiveness.
I simply wanted to offer these words.
John E. Moore, Jr.
Stephen Good, dean of the college, sent this letter to Drury faculty:
We have an opportunity and responsibility in the face of the uncertainty and tragedy resulting from the terrorist attacks today.
It is important to provide students with an opportunity to talk about what has happened, both in the classroom and other forums. We have judged that it is best to hold class to provide those forums.
Peter Browning provided a chapel service this noon, and it is probably important to have places that are quiet, away from TVs to discuss and reflect on the events.
Some students, faculty and staff have relatives or friends in the centers of crisis, perhaps traveling by air or even in one of the attacked buildings. We need to be particularly sensitive to and supportive of their fears and concerns. We have counselors in student services and the chaplain's office for those in need.
It is important for us to communicate that we must avoid jumping to racist conclusions about the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks. The lessons of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, when some of our citizens hurt others of our citizens (Italian-Americans, Japanese-Americans, German-Americans, Korean-Americans, Vietnamese-Americans) would be good lessons to bring to the minds of our students who will not remember those times.
Our work is to prepare students "to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community." We can help them to reflect, to understand, to put in context.
Our students are fortunate to be here with you at this time in our history.
Dean of the College