In support of Umpqua Community College and the victims of Thursday's mass shooting, Southern Oregon University will hold a series of events Thursday at its Ashland campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
A vigil will begin at 10 a.m. at the Third Eye sculpture on the Britt Lawn. Participants will have an opportunity to share thoughts and reactions to the shooting. Members of local faith communities will be present for those seeking spiritual reflection or guidance, as will personnel from SOU's Student Life, Student Health and Wellness and Student Support and Intervention. Discussion will be led by Janelle Wilson, associate director of Student Life for Social Justice and Service, and Jody Waters, associate provost.
At 11 a.m., a barbecue and fundraiser for UCC victims' families will be held in the Stevenson Union Courtyard. It will be presented by the SOU chapter of Student Veterans of America, with food donated by SOU’s Commuter Resource Center. All the event's proceeds will go to support victims’ families in Roseburg.
At 2 p.m., there will be a community meeting for SOU students, faculty and staff only in Room 352 of Hannon Library. Representatives from SOU administration, Campus Public Safety, Student Support and Intervention and others will be on hand to address concerns and issues brought up by events of the past week.
Parking will be free on campus until 2 p.m.