Wayland responds to tragedy in Virginia

PLAINVIEW – Like much of the nation, students at Wayland Baptist University are mourning the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech and planned several activities to show support and lift up the VTU community.

The office of student activities is coordinating a banner to be signed by Wayland students, faculty and staff in the next few days. The banner will then be sent to the campus in care of Kellie Keeling, a WBU graduate who teaches at Virginia Tech now, to be shared with the campus.

Donnie Brown, Baptist Student Ministries director at Wayland, led chapel services on Wednesday, April 18, with a special prayer time for the victims and their friends, families and coworkers. Cards were circulated and signed and sent to the BSM at Virginia Tech as well.

The group planned a special come-and-go prayer time from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Student Ministries Activity Center for those who wished to lift up the campus and the victims’ loved ones. The event mirrored similar gatherings occurring at colleges across the nation on the same evening.

Students involved in reviving the Alpha Phi Omega service organization are planning a memorial time on the WBU campus for Sunday, April 22, from 7-9 p.m. in the lawn area east of Harral Auditorium. Several tables will be set up representing groups for which to pray.

“One table will be the victims, one will be the family, and one the Virginia Tech community, for example,” said Hope English, group sponsor. “This was the students’ idea, and they’re planning it. We’re calling it Wayland Remembers Virginia Tech. There is a very active chapter of APO at Virginia Tech so we wanted to tie in with them.”

The public is invited to participate in any of the memorial activities.