Adams State leaders extend sympathy to Umpqua Community College


Following Thursday's tragic shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, Adams State University Board of Trustees Chair Arnold Salazar said, "We at Adams State, along with the rest of our nation, are grieving with the people of the Umpqua campus and the community of Roseburg, Oregon. We extend to them our thoughts and sympathy."

Arnold Salazar, Chair, Adams State University Board of Trustees

According to the Associated Press, ten people, including the gunman, were killed and seven wounded in the Oct. 1 attack. Located in a rural area 175 miles south of Portland, Ore., the college enrolls about 2,000 students.

"Again, we see that these terrible incidents can occur in any community or on any campus, no matter how small or isolated," said Dr. Beverlee J. McClure, Adams State University President. "Those of us at universities and schools are particularly aware of these threats and have been proactively preparing to mitigate them. Just six weeks ago, Adams State participated with the local hospital and first responders to drill and test systems for responding to just such an incident. The safety of our students is our first priority."

By Julie Waechter