The following is a message from University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley:
As all of you know, on Dec. 14, after most students had departed campus for winter break, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, experienced an unimaginable tragedy. This event has had a profound impact, not only on those families directly affected, but upon our entire nation.
On the first day of classes for the Spring semester, exactly one month after the Newtown tragedy, the UMW community would like to acknowledge and honor those children and educators who lost their lives. We also extend condolences to our students and faculty and staff who have ties to Connecticut. Accordingly, a Connecticut state flag will be flown from Lee Hall throughout the first week of the semester.
At any point during the first week of classes, I encourage members of our campus to turn their thoughts to the Sandy Hook victims and to pause at Lee Hall for a moment of personal reflection.