The bombings in Boston and their aftermath affected the UMass campus profoundly. Many of our students and faculty were at the Marathon, either as participants or spectators, and many had relatives and friends who were in the vicinity of the bombing. All of us have struggled to make sense of a profoundly nonsensical event. One of our alumni, Brittany Loring '06 (political science), a law student at Boston College, was seriously injured and remained hospitalized until April 28. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her for a full and speedy recovery.
The campus has rallied in many different ways, including a community run on April 18 to honor the bombing victims and to raise funds for One Fund Boston, administered by UMass alum Kenneth Feinberg. Hundreds of individuals participated. I am confident that the campus will continue to show resiliency in face of this tragedy. Students, staff, and faculty have been united in their resolve to continue their lives and to do the work that being part of this great community allows, and to move forward.