The entire Smith community is shocked and saddened
at the events of September 11 and the cruelty and cowardice of the terrorist acts.
At tragic moments like this, it is important to remember that Smith is a supportive
community that includes not only those presently on campus but thousands of alumnae
around the world. Our hearts go out to all who have suffered losses during this difficult
In the aftermath of the tragedies, the college has marshaled
a variety of resources to provide support for students, faculty and staff. Opportunities
for sharing concerns and addressing the anxiety and shock that has resulted from
the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania have included
an all-college meeting, ongoing open hours at the counseling service and the Helen
Hills Hills Chapel and elsewhere on campus, a chapel vigil during the evening of
September 11, a variety of informal programs in student residences and more formal
panel discussions and lectures that will continue over the coming weeks.
Acting President John Connolly has requested
that information about Smith students, staff and faculty who suffer losses of or
serious injury to family members as a result of the events of September 11 be reported
to his office so that appropriate support can be offered.