May 25, 2014
A Message to the UCSB College of Engineering Community from Dean Rod Alferness
To our UCSB College of Engineering students and community:
It is with profound sorrow that we share more news during this devastating time. Yesterday, we were all informed that three UCSB students, Katherine Cooper, Christopher Martinez, and Veronika Weiss, were among those killed during the tragic shooting in Isla Vista on Friday night. Today, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office has released the names of the remaining three victims.
These three victims were members of our UCSB College of Engineering community: George Chen (junior, Computer Science) and W. Wang (junior, Computer Engineering); the parents of the third student, C. H. (senior, Computer Engineering), have requested that we only use his initials.
To our students, parents of our students, and alumni: we join you in mourning their tragic loss.
The violent events in Isla Vista have been devastating for everyone in our community, and on behalf of the staff and faculty of the College of Engineering, we express our most solemn condolences to the familes and friends of the victims.
Our first priority now is to support the students of the College of Engineering. You may be wondering how to deal with this sad news, and how it will impact your lives and your studies here at UCSB. Our doors are open to you.
Starting Tuesday, May 27, College of Engineering academic advisors will be available in-person for walk-in meetings anytime between 9am and 5pm, in Harold Frank Hall room 1006 (their offices in the Dean's wing). We encourage students to meet with academic advisors during this difficult time that has an impact on every one of us.
In the Student Resource Building, counselors will be available for support 9am to 8pm. No appointments are needed. Counselors are also available to you via UCSB's 24-hour hotline at (805) 893-4411. A campus call center has been set up for parents and community members with questions at (805) 893-3901. Stay tuned for more updates about additional counseling resources available to students.
UCSB has declared Tuesday, May 27th a Day of Mourning and Reflection. Regular classes will not be held on Tuesday. Classes will resume on Wednesday. There will be a memorial service at Harder Stadium on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. organized jointly by students, staff, and faculty. Associated Students is planning a memorial wall at the Pardall Center.
We express our tremendous gratitude to the UCSB campus police officers and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies who bravely defended our community and committed to the investigation.
We continue to feel deeply moved and inspired by the acts of solidarity and support within the UCSB and Isla Vista communities, from Chancellor Henry Yang and President Janet Napolitano, and from our peers and friends at campus communities across the world. Thank you for your strength, kindness and patience.
Rod C. Alferness, Dean of the College of Engineering
Glenn Beltz, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies of the College of Engineering
on behalf of the staff and faculty of the College of Engineering
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