Published 04/19/13

A message from President Machtley regarding April 15 bombings in Boston

The following was distributed to the Bryant campus April 19

Dear Bryant students, faculty, and staff,

Today we are carefully monitoring all events linked to the Boston bombing suspects, as we continue to keep those affected by Monday's tragedy in our thoughts and now mourn the loss of an officer at MIT.

We are fortunate that Bryant's secure campus provides us with a safe learning environment, and at this time do not believe it is necessary to make any changes to our planned activities. All Bryant classes and events will be held as scheduled today, as we continue to carefully monitor the ongoing news. If there are further announcements regarding this situation, they will be sent to you by email and posted on the www.bryant.edu web site.

Sincerely,

Ronald K. Machtley
President


The following was distributed to the Bryant campus April 16

Dear Bryant students, faculty, and staff,

On behalf of the entire Bryant community, I offer the University’s support for all those affected by yesterday’s tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At the present time we are not aware of any member of the Bryant community who was injured in this terrible act.

Together we mourn the injuries, trauma, and senseless loss of life suffered in these bombings. We offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims, families, and friends.

In recognition of the victims of yesterday’s event in Boston, today members of the Bryant community are encouraged to come together and “Run as One” in a show of our support for all of the families and friends affected by this act. This terrific idea was developed by one of our students, Ashley Cardona, who has creatively suggested that we show our unified support against violence and for the runners and families affected by this tragedy through a run of our own.

Runners, walkers, and spectators are asked to gather at the Machtley Interfaith Center at 2:40 p.m. today, and the one-mile run will begin promptly at 2:50 p.m. The route will be available for participants in advance. For those who are in class or unable to attend this unity event, at 2:50 p.m. we will observe one minute of silence in memory of those lost or injured.

We are fortunate that Bryant’s secure campus provides us with a safe environment for learning. Although we have an emergency plan in place which has been tested, we remain vigilant and are redoubling our efforts to ensure the safety of our community. Staff members from Residence Life, Campus Ministry, and Counseling Services are available as resources for students who may be looking for support.

Sincerely,


Ronald K. Machtley
President