It is with profound sorrow that I greet you this month. I have the heaviest of hearts. Violence has ripped into the soul of our community. It has left us grief-stricken, deeply troubled, confused, anxious, and even angry. Today I share my February update, as was planned. But instead of sharing the content I planned I am left, quite honestly, without knowing what to say.
First, I will say to the family of Jawine Evans, I express condolences on behalf of the Alumni Association of Lincoln University. You should be planning his graduation celebration this semester and instead you are left planning a funeral. You have our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies.
To the other victims, students, staff, faculty, parents, and administration, we stand with you. The scourge of violence on our hallowed grounds has stolen something from all of us, and that includes the alumni. We stand with you as we attempt to process what has happened and look for sustainable, impactful ways to up-level our support of students and the LU mission.
To alumni, so many of you have contacted me with the ranges of emotion I’ve described herein. As you know, there is an ongoing investigation, as well as a lot of emotional processing going on. We will work arm and arm with the university and students to look for ways to support them long-term. In the short run, ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT 3:30PM, I am calling the alumni body together to pray for peace, understanding, and strength as we process what has happened. Please register and attend. Also in the short term, the AALU has compiled a list of actions for your consideration. This list was compiled after asking students and University officials about how best to support at this trying time.
Also below, I share words of comfort from our National AALU Chaplain, Michael J. Canty, and a Letter from our university president, Dr. Brenda A. Allen, '81. Let us stand together against violence and lean on one another and on God because only the most powerful and unified love has the hope of conquering this nihilism. Let us all resolve to find that love and to seek and attain peace, understanding, and strength.
View the President's Message on YouTube,