E-mail to VT Webmaster, April 16 - 26, 2007

God bless and heal you all.

April 20, 2007 • #35881

The pain that you as a community have suffered is immense no doubt.
But, to be trully inclusive and forgiving one must put life and all it’s triumph and tragedy in a light most favorable to all. This was an individual whom the system failed. Please know that my heart aches for you but it also aches for those who know not what they do.

God bless all of you and I will be praying for your healing.

April 20, 2007 • #35882

Hello, My name is Ilde, I am from Canada. I wanted to say how sorry and how sad I am about this trajical violence at your University. My heart is with your staff, with all your students and the families of the victims. May God bless all of you and may God bless America.

April 20, 2007 • #35883

Hello to your website,

My heart felt thoughts, and prayers, go out to the staff, students, and families, of the tragic losses, of this week! Hope that all of you, get through this, and in some ways, are able to find your own journey to peace, stillness, and your own sense of self. When it all takes place, in your own time!

Take courage, everyone is looking up, and all is well, with GOD!

Psalm 5:

Sincerely,
Carol Hall

April 20, 2007 • #35884

Hello, i just wanted to let you kn0w that south africa is going down the same road. I know exactly what you going through, and i share your pain. Im extreamly disturbed by how the young children are reacting to the challenges of today. I live in the town of pietermaritzburg, province of kwazulu natal, in S.A. And my prayers and thoughts are with everyb0dy in america that is going through this tough time. G0od luck for the future. All my love.

April 20, 2007 • #35885

Please post this if you have a place where words of encouragement are posted. Thank you

I DREAMED OF TALKING

I woke up this morning with you on my mind Didn’t sleep good last night even though I tried Tears still flow uncontrollably today
Gotta get up, get dressed, go eat, gotta pray.

Going to a place to be with hurting people As we think and talk about you in our heart we’ll see you Feeling better and then bad again
I miss you my son, my daughter, my family, my friend.

I received a little information about the hurter I understand better, but I’ll never understand murder Living still in your seeds sown in others Before knowing people well you loved them like a good brother

Powerful presence, glowing heart
Driven to reach your goals
A known but unknown shining star
Lighting life from soul to soul
Bloom and blossom refreshing the room
When needed taking a stand
I’ll never forget how you touched my life My amazing woman, my mighty man.

I’ll always miss you
Some days I’ll wonder why
As I hold your picture
On the 4th of July
Listening to your voice
When I call your mobile phone
Still paying the bill
Pretending you’re not gone
Just at the G.O.D. AMC
Looking at the big picture of life
I know you see things clearer now
For me do you have any advice?

I wanted a final goodbye
But I didn’t plan on you leaving so soon What I’m hoping is that you’ll talk back Your message will be filled with truth
So use the preacher the teacher
Let the donkey speak
Use the voice of a friend
Or give a dream to me

Donald R. Holt, Sr.
North Charleston SC

April 20, 2007 • North Charleston SC • #35886

I’d be proud if one of my grandchildren wanted to attend Va Tech.
Joe Spitler
VMI 49B

April 20, 2007 • #35887

I just whant to send all of my prayers to the familys and and loved ones of the victoms of the horrible tragity of 4/16/07.I never imagined something like this would ever happen.At first i didint hear much of it since i was in class.When i got home that day i was shocked.My heart was filled with pain and sadness.Ever since monday iv been fallowing detailes on the news about the shooter.Its been nothing but sadness in my classes lately and whare ever I go i see flags on half staff.But i am happy to hear that the studints in the hospatil are recovering and i also pray that they will keep acheving thare goles in life.As for the 32 that are in heaven they are looking down on us and watching us as well as smileing down on us. Stefanie Cook (Escondido Californa)

April 21, 2007 • Escondido Californa • #35888

Virginia Tech,

God bless you all as you go through this unbelievable ordeal. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray for all the students and the faculty to find peace in the coming days. May God watch over each of you and protect you. Louisiana loves you.

Shreveport,Louisiana

April 21, 2007 • Shreveport,Louisiana • #35889

I just wanted to convey my deepest sympathies for all the lives lost and all their loved ones. This any families worst nightmare and no one should have to go through this, but unfortunately too many people at this univeristy have to, may God be with you in your time of healing.

April 21, 2007 • #35890

Every Student and Family is in Our Prayers!The Teacher That Held the Door And Died For them,Should have a Dorm named in His Honor! God Bless Him! Your College is Very Beautiful.
God Bless All!
The Lommel’s

April 21, 2007 • #35891

I just wanted to say that youare in my prayers and God bless all of you and your families.It’s is sad that we have to live like this in our own world. P.S.I try to put this on your tragedy site but i do not work.Once again sorry for your tragedy

April 21, 2007 • #35892

At this juncture, this seems the easiest way to contact Virginia Tech to express my condolences to all of you there at Virginia Tech. Although I am a Tar Heel and have pulled very hard against you Hokies in the past, I will never feel completely comfortable doing so in the future. I share your tears, for a part of me now is forever a Hokie.

My prayers are for you and those you lost during this horrible tradgedy, and may God bless each and every one of you.

Sincerely,
Lou Johnson

April 21, 2007 • #35893

Firstly i’d like to say im very sorry to hear about what has happened recently, my heart goes out to you all. However you have left out one of the people who died from the massacre on your list on the front page. Cho Seung-hui was a victim as well.

April 21, 2007 • #35894

Although I am grieved to hear what has happened at your college I have noticed some one missing from your list of the deceased, unfotunaly you have missed one Cho Seung-Hui. He was an attendant of Virgina Tech and he died no more or less than anyone else that fatefull day. I don’t condone his actions, but he was too a victim, and died at your collage on April 16th 2007.

Yours Sincerely
Patrick Holmes

April 21, 2007 • #35895

Dear members of the university,

I send deep from my heart the condolences. I am US-born German citizen. I was a student at Monmouth College of New Jersey, now university, from 1985 to 1988. My heart goes anyway to the lost students at Virginia Tech. My former college in New Jersey will review security over there. Also students of the Ludwig Maximillian University have sent condolences to your university.

Sincerely yours,
Ivo Sesnic
Munich, Germany

April 21, 2007 • Munich, Germany • #35896

we all hope this tragedy never ever happen again..

April 21, 2007 • #35897

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have watched over the last days an unimaginable terror and horror unravel on American, British, and German TV (I live in Baden Baden Germany).

I have also sen NOBILITY of spiiiirit and community shine ‘round the world by the Ladies and Gentlemen effected.

My heart has been wrenched by both events and my tears have washed my soul by the experiences.

Let me know what I can do to help. Are any “Hokies” coming this way this summer, and need bed and breakfast for a while?

Respectfully,

Byron Dale
73 year old Canadian,
Retired Forensic Scientist

April 21, 2007 • Baden Baden Germany • #35898

I think it is important to note how eloquently the VT institution has dealt with this tragedy.

I send you hope, comfort and bliss as you travel this very long road of recovery and hurt.

Warmest Regards,
Mitch Blair
Fort Worth, Texas

April 21, 2007 • Fort Worth, Texas • #35899

To Whom It May Concern:

Please know that my deepest and most sincerest love is with all of you at this very difficult moment. My prayers are being offered for all of you.

I would, however, just like to make one suggestion or comment. On VT’s website homepage, there is the beautiful “In Memoriam - We Remember” list of all those who fell victim to this tragedy. I felt very upset and disturbed not to see one name in particular: Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virgina Tech! I understand very, very well that this young man is responsible for this infamous, horrific event.  However, certainly considering the possibilty that he had some emotional and mental disturbances, I do not believe we should so quickly judge him. I think we have to realize that he killed himself, as well. He was not well. Lonliness, lack of friendship, and other problems certainly can put anyone at risk of an emotional and mental illness. Is his family not experiencing the same sorrow that the other victim’s families are? Probably more so. It was so beautiful, yesterday, to see that stone placed with the others in his honor. I write to request that some more consideration be given to the placement of his name on VT’s memorial homepage.

Most respectfully,
Frank Noriega

April 21, 2007 • #35900

To Whom It May Concern:

Please know that my deepest and most sincerest love is with all of you at this very difficult moment. My prayers are being offered for all of you.

I would, however, just like to make one suggestion or comment. On VT’s website homepage, there is the beautiful “In Memoriam - We Remember” list of all those who fell victim to this tragedy. I felt very upset and disturbed not to see one name in particular: Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virgina Tech! I understand very, very well that this young man is responsible for this infamous, horrific event. However, certainly considering the possibilty that he had some emotional and mental disturbances, I do not believe we should so quickly judge him. I think we have to realize that he killed himself, as well. He was not well. Lonliness, lack of friendship, and other problems certainly can put anyone at risk of an emotional and mental illness. Is his family not experiencing the same sorrow that the other victim’s families are? Probably more so. It was so beautiful, yesterday, to see that stone placed with the others in his honor. I write to request that some more considerati!
on be given to the placement of his name on VT’s memorial homepage.

Most respectfully,
Frank Noriega

April 21, 2007 • #35901

FYI:While I am not a student of Virginia Tech, I felt enlight of the recent tragedy I needed to share at least a part of my own story with the college. I wanted the people of Virginia Tech to know that while the media decides to give a bad reputation to all people with metal illness, this is not the truth. The truth is that most people with a mental illness can go about a very normal life and not have anything of this calliper happen. How do I know? I am one of millions of Americans that suffer from a mental illness. More specifically, I am a man who suffers with the mental illness known as bipolar disorder. I have had this diagnosis since I was about nineteen. Before that I had suffered with severe depression. These illnesses, while there may be at least a partial disposition through genetics, the other part of these problems is that many times society has created the same problems they seem to hate. Hate being the key word! From the age of eight years old, I was picked on and countlessly pushed around. Not only was I getting this from the children I was going to school with, but I also had severe issues from people within my own house. Any child that has to suffer through these things and get treated badly from 360 degrees, can easily fall into the pits of hell and not see the light that is still there but very hard to see. From eight years until my junior year of high school, I was severely depressed and pushed around. I was fortunate enough to have some assistance within my family but this was only after I had turned everything inward and the only way I saw out was by suicide. I was blessed enough to be able to get the help necessary to continue my life. I am now 32 years old and within the last couple of years I have come to the realization that I have the power to change my life and I control my own life not anyone else. I have been in an area techincal college the last two years and I am planning to go to a UW college this fall. I am ho! ping that I can obtain my bacholer’s degree in the area of humanities.
I then plan to go on to even higher education and hope to eventually get my doctrine in divinity or philosophy. You see I have always had this feeling that I have been called to do ministry for my God, our God. I can honestly tell you that it has been a very difficult road but I have come out stronger and healthier with a great deal of knowledge and wisdom about people who have suffered with mental illness. Whatever you do, NEVER EVER LET ANYONE CALL ANYONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS CRAZY BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AND DESERVE FAIR TREATMENT. HELP THEM IF THEY NEED IT BECAUSE A GOOD FRIEND MIGHT BE ALL THEY NEED TO BECOME AWARE THAT THEY HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN LIFE.

Thank you and bless you all for listening. My heart is with all the people of Virginia Tech. May God grant you all peace.

April 21, 2007 • #35902

My prayrs and my thoughtsd are with the victims of Virigina Tech University.

May God bless the souls of the victims of Virginia Tech University.

April 21, 2007 • #35903

When I was at Houghton college 6 friends were killed by a tractor trailer. They were the homecoming group going to be fitted for their homecoming clothing. Soccer star, flutest, beautiful wonderful people. It was so hard to let go of the anger but in forgiving the driver, who had the courage to come to campus and speak to the students, some healing was found. Their names come to the surface at times, when I write I use the name Alan for a character from time to time, for Alan Bushart,a soccer star and awesome human being...This happened for me 20 years ago....but it is good you will never forget...memorilize those gone in ways only you can. I just wanted to reach someone at campus and tell them that forgiveness, helps bring healing. This from someone who is very cynical and hardly trusts the world any more! I know the only way is through forgiveness. God Bless You all. Tammi Cigler

April 21, 2007 • #35904

Just a note to say that my heart is broken for you all and you remain to be in our prayers. Words are a very small consolation for what you all are going through but God sees all and He will bring you through it. May God bless you, Cindy

April 21, 2007 • #35905

Just to let the campus know Penn State is honoring Virginia Tech today and their Blue and White football game at 2 today - all will dress in Virginia Tech shirts, the band will be playing their song and the cheerleaders cheering their cheers - you can read more about it on the Penn State website!

April 21, 2007 • #35906

To everyone at VT and to everyone who has ever been a part of the VT family.

Words alone cannot begin to bring to light my feelings. How my soul and heart ache for each and everyone Hokie; if only I could be there to hold you, comfort you and wipe your tears. As always you are in my prayers.

April 21, 2007 • #35907

I would like to send my heart felt sorrow for all of the Virginia Tech campus. May God continue to bless and keep you in your healing time.

April 21, 2007 • #35908

I just wanted to let you know that I am from Greensburg IN. and me and all may friends and family has their prayers out there for all of you. I wanted to also let you know that I have this posted on my myspace blog list. I had it from the columbine shootings and I found it again and thought it needed reposted.. I wanted to share it with you given what has happened. Hopefully you and other schools might share it for all those to see.... We love you and feel for you all…

Mommy…

Johnny brought a gun to school, He told his friends that it was cool, And when he pulled the trigger back, It shot with a great crack. Mommy...I was a good girl, I did what I was told, I went to school, I got straight A’s, I even got the gold! But Mommy, When I went to school that day, I never said good-bye, I’m sorry Mommy, I had to go, But mommy, please don’t cry. When Johnny shot the gun, He hit me and another, And all because Johnny got the gun from his older brother. Mommy, please tell Daddy; That I love him very much, And please tell Chris; my boyfriend; That it wasn’t just a crush. And tell my little sister; That she is the only one now, And tell my dear sweet grandmother; I’ll be waiting for her now, And tell my wonderfull friends ; That they always were the best; Mommy I’m not the first, I’m no better than the rest. Mommy, tell my teachers; I won’t show up for class, And never to forget this, And please don’t let this pass. Mommy, why’d it have to be me? No one deserves this, Mommy warn the others, Mommy I left without a kiss. And Mommy, tell the doctors; I know they really did try, I think I even saw a doctor, trying not to cry. Mommy, I’m slowly dying, With a bullet in my chest, But Mommy please remember, I’m in heaven with the rest. Mommy I ran as fast as I could, When I heard that crack, Mommy, listen to me if you would, I’m not coming back. I wanted to go to college, I wanted to try things that were new, I guess I’m not going with Daddy, On that trip to the new zoo. I wanted to get married, I wanted to have a kid, I wanted to be an actess, Mommy I wanted to live. But Mommy I must go now, The time is getting late, Mommy, tell my boyfriend, I’m sorry but I had to cancel the date. I love you Mommy, I always have, I know; you know it’s true, And Mommy all I wanted to say is, ...

“ Mommy, I love you.”

In memory of the school shootings all around the states. For the people who didn’t get to say, “ Good-bye.”

I didnt write this I had this from years ago and just felt it needed to be read by others....

April 21, 2007 • Greensburg IN • #35909

I send our love and tears to Virgina Tech and all the extened family members, as a Christian, and a Canadian who prays for Gods peace for everyone through his son Jesus Christ. May he encircle you all with his love, and an end to senseless violence. As Jesus,Gandi, and John Lennon has said let us give peace and love a chance, not hate and violence.

April 21, 2007 • #35910

I have followed the news of this tragedy from Brazil where I live. Ms. Nikki Giovanni’s convocation address was shown on Brazilian television. She moved me. Her words are truly an inspiration to all of us. Virginia Tech is lucky to have a person such as her at this difficult time. As an American abroad, I am touched as her moment represented the best part of our country. If possible, please thank her for me.

Sincerely,
David James Drake

April 21, 2007 • Brazil • #35911

Dear Virginia Tech

In light of the recent events i would like to express my sorrow. The tragic events that occured days ago must have been hard to handle. But there are things about the tragedy that do not make sense to me. Why does the media look for answers to everything. Why do they keep showing the shooters videos on the news. Searching for how he got the weapons and who sold him the weapons is not in the real intrest of the families who lost their loved ones. They should be the main focus in any of this. How do you think they feel sitting at night watching replayed videos of their loved ones killer, and hearing made up excuses for how he got the guns? They deserve better than that. Don’t let the media tamper with your families dignity. Don’t make excuses for what has happened.

My deepest sorrows for what has happend and hope that everyone there is able carry on with heads held high and hope of a better tomorrow.

April 21, 2007 • #35912

Hello
I live in Merida Yucatan Mexico, very far from you all, but I was watching the news on that Monday morning and my heart was in pain for all what happened, I just want to let the University that I might not be american or live in US , but I feel the need to pray for all those who were killed. I have children and cant close my eyes on the pain of those parents that are crying. God bless you all.
The will be remembered always.

Elsy Sanchez

April 21, 2007 • Merida Yucatan Mexico • #35913

My family and I send our love and prayers to the families, students, and citizens of Blacksburg. A lot of lives ended and changed last Monday,even ours. May everyone never forget.

From The Christian Family from Eugene,Oregon

Live on HOKIES

April 21, 2007 • Eugene,Oregon • #35914

To all Virginia Tech Students, Staff, and Families,

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you during what I know has been an extremely difficult week. I hope that in the coming months and years to come that the pain, insecurity and possibly even frustration and anger will dwindle to the point that you at least remember your time in school for all the great things that time in your life brings, and that this senseless act of violence and stupidity will never be forgotten, but not allowed to overtake your thinking. We pray for your well being throughout his country, today and in the past week, this Buckeye has been a Hokie! Take Care!

David McGowan
Marion, Ohio (just north of Columbus)

April 21, 2007 • Marion, Ohio • #35915

THANK-YOU FOR GIVING THE STUDENTS THE OPTIONS OF WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE REMINDER OF THIS YEAR.THEY CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO DO THE QUALITY OF WORK THEY ARE CAPABLE OF. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL STAY WITH THEM FOR MANY YEARS AND WAYS. EVEN WAY THEY DON’T KNOW. POST TRAUMATIC STRESS SOMETIMES DOESN’T SURFACE TELL EVERYTHING HAS CALMED DOWN. SO THANK-YOU, WAKE FOREST CARES, LISA DIXON

April 21, 2007 • #35916

I’m Viviana Mejia from Colombia and I want to give my condolences to all the victims of this tragedy. I hope something like this never happens again and I know that all of you are going to move forward, I know is hard but life goes on.

So to all my condolences and I’m going to pray for all who died.

hugs, peace and love
viviana

April 21, 2007 • Colombia • #35917

I heard on the news about your loss or really our lost, I want to let all of you know that all of you 33 + others are in my prayers & I that God will keep you all going, the 33 people are [we hope] in a better place [wish we were there, but someday will be with the!] So God bless you all in this time of need.

ROBERT
Wheaton, MD

April 21, 2007 • Wheaton, MD • #35918

Please note the Memorial Vigil held by Emerson College students in Boston last Thursday in memory of the tragedy at VA. Tech. We had originally planned a Kent State Reflection Forum, to commemorate the shootings in l970. After Monday, we dedicated a portion of the forum to the tragedy at Va Tech.

As someone who has studied the role of violence on college campuses since the l970 shootings at Kent State and Jackson State, I know how this can challenge a university and its community. My heart and prayers are with you and my good friends. Profs. Tedesco and Denton at Va Tech.

Regards,

Gregory Payne, Ph.D
Emerson College
Boston, MA

April 21, 2007 • Boston, MA • #35919

May GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF YALL!!! My prayers and love are with you all!! There was a story, that I saw on the news, of a mom feeling that her daughter needed a hug from mom and she knew she needed a hug from her daughter....This story tore my heart up because I could relate in some small way. Sometimes...a hug can do so much. Sometimes there are no words, but the embrace of a hug says alot. If I could be there, I would want to hug everyone that has heartbreak over this tragedy. Please everyone that reads this, know that you are hugged! My sympathy and love go out to you ALL. Have faith in GOD, HE will help you and be with you Always!!

GOD BLESS EVERYONE!!
Lin Ferrari
Ash, NC

April 21, 2007 • Ash, NC • #35920

I am a student at Iowa State University and just wanted to tell you all how deeply grieved our students and professors are over the terrible losses you have sustained. In spite of it all your strength and unity has been a beacon of light and I applaud you. My prayers are with you all and seeing the incredible way that you have all dealt with this, I know that the prayers are paying off. God bless you all.

April 22, 2007 • #35921

Dear Virginia Tech Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, Family & Friends:

I wanted to express my Deepest Sympathies for the horrible tragedy of the past weeks massacre.

I can not imagine what this does to a community of this nature. But I do know how I feel (very sadden & helpless) and believe this tragedy has affected the whole country in some way.

I wanted to do something to ease the pain for you all so I needed to send my sympathy, thoughts of you and my prayers. This is the least I could do for you.

These next few weeks will probably be very difficult with all the funerals that will be taking place. And, I will continue to keep you in my prayers with the Lord our Savior sharing them with you in his own way.

Keep the Faith and I hope you will prosper again, soon.

With all my Thoughts and Prayers,
Rhonda J. Schlottman

April 22, 2007 • #35922

CAN YOU FORWARD THIS TO THE PROPER WEB SITE SO IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHERS....

THANK YOU

>>
>>Please....Keep this going!!!!
>>
>>Please join me in a prayer for the victims, families. friends and the students of Va Tech. I hope this prayer makes it’s way to some of the friends and families of Va Tech. to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. PLEASE PASS THIS PRAYER ON.
>>
>>DEAR LORD,
>>WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR PRAYERS OUT TO ALL THOSE EFFECTED IN THIS TRAGEDY AT VA TECH. LORD, WE KNOW THROUGH YOUR WORDS THAT THOSE WHO GRIEVE OR MOURN WILL BE COMFORTED AND THOSE WHO ARE HURT OR SICK MAY BE HEALED. LORD, WE PRAY THAT YOU COMFORT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS TRAGEDY AND TO HEAL THOSE INJURED.
>>WE ASK ALSO THAT YOU HEAL THE HEART AND SOULS OF ALL AFFECTED BY THIS .
>>LORD,
>>HELP OUR COUNTRY,
>>IT’S LEADER
>>AND IT’S CITIZENS
>>TO FIND THE WISDOM, STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO KNOW AND TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO PREVENT SUCH A TRAGEDY FROM HAPPENING AGAIN .
>>HELP US LORD TO REMEMBER THAT
>>LIFE IS VERY SHORT
>>AND TO USE THE TIME WE HAVE
>>TO LET OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW HOW MUCH WE DO LOVE AND APPRECIATE THEM. LET THIS REMIND US TO BE KIND TO OTHERS, TO COMFORT OTHERS
>>TO TREAT OTHERS AS WE WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED TO GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED
>>AND TO FORGIVE AS WE WOULD WISH TO BE FORGIVEN. MAY WE REMEMBER THAT ABOVE ALL YOU ARE THE WAY AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. IN JESUS NAME,
>>AMEN.

April 22, 2007 • #35924

Wishing you the best of luck and good
spirits this coming week!
Carpe Diem!
You ARE Virginia Tech!

April 22, 2007 • #35925

To all who died,injured and attend VT,

I came home from work that dreadful day and saw the news and was mortified that something like this happened. I have a brother who attends college and of course I was just in shock over this. I kept watching the news in the days that followed and wanted you to know how impressed I was by all. I think what touched me the most was you included the gunman in the ceromony stating that he was a student and was no longer with you. Statements were made that life is too short to hate and you must forgive to move on. I wanted you to know that through all this evil that you showed a nation how to still love. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who lost someone that day and I pray for all still healing physically and emotionally.

With all my love,

Kim Reed
Tulsa,Oklahoma

April 22, 2007 • Tulsa,Oklahoma • #35926

Kindly send this message to Dr. Charles Steger, President of VT.

Vienna, Austria
22 April 2007

Dear President Steger,

My name is Paisan Loaharanu from Thailand, who came to Virginia Tech on a Fulbright scholarship in 1967, exactly 40 years ago. I was the first student who graduated with an M.Sc. in Food Science from Virginia Tech (VT) in 1969 (known as VPI in those days). As an alumnus of Virginia Tech, I mourn with you, faculty members and students of Virginia Tech, families of those who were affected by for the tragic events that took place on Monday, 16 April 2007, when 32 innocent lives were lost because of a senseless act of one mentally ill student.

Virginia Tech gave me a lot to my professional career. Soon after my graduation from VT, I became a senior officer of the Royal Thai government and initiated a new food technology (food irradiation) to ensure the safety and availability of several Thai foods. I was invited to join the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, a Division of FAO, Rome, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), based in Vienna, Austria in 1974. The knowledge and experience from Virginia Tech (thanks to the late Dr. Anthony Lopez and others at the Department of Food Science) were great assets to my career as I made numerous progresses in applying the new food technology worldwide. I became Head, Food and Environmental Protection of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division in 1985 and remained at this senior position until my retirement in 2002. I advanced the field of food irradiation from a little known food technology to one that is widely recognized as an effective method to ensure sanitary and phytosanitary of food in some 60 countries at present. My contribution to food irradiation and the IAEA was recognized by its Director General (Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei) when he and the Organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

I continue to be active in my field of expertise after retiring from FAO/IAEA. I was invited to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Food Safety, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, since 2003. I also organized the First World Congress on Food Irradiation for the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, MSU, held in Chicago in 2003. The keynote speaker of the Congress was Dr. Elsa Murano, Assistant Secretary for Food Safety, USDA, who was also an alumnus of VT. I remember my introduction remarks for Elsa’s keynote presentation as “Elsa and I have a lot in common in the area of food safety as we were well trained by Virginia Tech”.

Seeing VT on TV brought back some fresh and happy memories. Blacksburg was a safe and quiet city (too quiet in those days) which was ideal for university studies. The only place that remained opened after 9 p.m. then was the Campus Inn where students could enjoy good pizza. During vacation time, the university town was deserted and we longed for it to reopen to bring back lives. I remember cold and windy days in the winter that essentially isolated the town and the university as we were often snow bound. Even the highway to Roanoke was too dangerous to drive in the winter.

My love of Virginia Tech remains with me forever. I shed many tears to see the tragic events unfold on TV and to see many valuable and beautiful lives lost for no reason. Who knows, some of those lives could have been Nobel Prize winners, prime ministers, ministers and leading politicians in several countries, another Bill Gates, well known scientists, movie stars or even senior UN officials like me. Their futures and dreams were cut short by such tragic events last Monday.

President Steger, I was proud of you and the actions taken by security officers of VT at the most difficult time. Furthermore, I was proud of many heroic actions taken by the faculty members and students of VT to prevent more loss of lives. It was heartening to see everyone at VT united and mourned the great loss of our colleagues, friends, brothers and sisters. May the spirit of those who lost their lives bring further strength to VT to make it one of the greatest universities in the world.

Once a Hokie, always a Hokie! I pledge to make myself available for the service of VT (at no cost, of course) to accomplish its Mission and Vision. Please let me know what I can do for VT.

Paisan Loaharanu
Adjunct Professor of Food Safety
Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI
And
Former Head, Food and Environmental Protection Joint FAO/IAEA Division
Vienna, Austria

April 22, 2007 • Vienna, Austria • #35927

WE JUST WANTED TO SAY TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS AND FAMILYS AND SCHOOL WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF THE SCHOOL AND TEACHERS WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YALL AND IM A BIG FAN AND I PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM YOU LOST THEIR LIVES OF THIS TRAGEDY THAT MADE THE PERSON TO DO THIS TO HURT PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T DESERVE IT BUT WE PRAY AND HELP OTHERS LEARN HOW THIS WORLD CAN BE WHEN YOUR NOT READY FOR IT ALL WE CAN DO IS LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND LIVE DAD BY DAY NEVER TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED. GO HOKIES
LOVE THE SWIFT FAMILY

April 22, 2007 • #35928

I live in Tucson, Az and after seeing the news this morning about a little girl putting acorns at the site of each memorial for the slain students and faculty, an idea came to me to carry her idea a step further. Plant a lane or walking mall or garden or plot of thirty two trees in their honor. Not only is it part of the environmental concern that this might be a worthy idea, but a coming together and regrowth and revisit place for families and community. Our hearts go out to each person who lost a loved one. Bobbie Herring

April 22, 2007 • Tucson, Az • #35929

Hello please allow me to introduce myself my name is Rob,I live Orangeville Ontario Canada. I am so sorry to hear of the just horrible events of April 16 and even though I live this far away I mourn with you all and my thoughts and prayers go out to those lives who were touched by this mass shooting. I would like to consider myself part of the Hokie nation and have sent for a Hokie t- shirt to be sent to me as my way of remembering lives lost.

May God Bless You All

April 22, 2007 • Orangeville Ontario Canada • #35930

my heart is bleeding with the innocent blood of the tragedy. my sympathy with the families.
may they see no more sadness
yours raziel zwang israel

April 22, 2007 • israel • #35932