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Comments on Attack in Nice, France

Dear NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

The last few days brought another disturbing attack, this time in Nice, France, which killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more as they gathered to celebrate Bastille Day.

On behalf of the NC State community, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families and friends. Please also let me offer condolences to anyone in our community personally affected by this tragic violence.

As many in our community know, NC State has deep relationships in France through the SKEMA (School of Knowledge Economy and Management) program in partnership with the Poole College of Management.

Sadly, we have learned that Camille Murris, a SKEMA Business School graduate who studied at NC State in 2011, was killed in the attack. We’ve reached out to our SKEMA colleagues to offer any support that could be helpful during this difficult time.

I’m sure you’ve also heard about the attempted coup in Turkey. Several NC State students and alumni are participating in a service trip to that country, but report they are safe. No NC State students are studying abroad in Turkey at this time.

Horrific events like we witnessed in Nice, and other violence around the world, can significantly and personally affect us even when we are not directly involved. If the attack in France, or any other situation, has you feeling depressed, fearful or otherwise in need of support, counseling and support services are available for students 24-hours-a-day by calling 919.515.2423. Counseling services are available for faculty and staff 24-hours-a-day by contacting the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 866.467.0467, or at (webID: fasap).

As we all strive to process this and other recent national and international tragedies, please remember to take care of yourselves, and do not hesitate to talk with any of the many caring professionals here for you. Please, also look out for members of our community who might be hurting.


Randy Woodson