Liberal arts dean asks for remembrance of Kenyan university students

Dr. Robert Bookwalter has asked the Marshall University community to remember the Garissa University College students who were killed in Kenya last week. The text of his message is as follows:

Last Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 a.m. Kenyan time, a group of terrorists carried out a horrific attack on students, staff and faculty at Garissa University College. The attack, which began when students in the dorms/hostels were still asleep and lasted 15 hours, deserves a place among the worst examples of deliberate, inhuman brutality perpetrated in our lifetimes. The systematic, execution-style slaughter of anyone who was not identifiably Muslim is a violation of the spiritual precepts of every religion. Targeting those of a different faith, targeting students, targeting an institution of learning aimed at improving the lot of students, the community, and the nation, is an act of cowardice and terrorism that should be condemned everywhere.

We ask, therefore, for the Marshall University community to stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of Garissa University College. We ask that on Thursday, April 9, at 1 p.m., members of the Marshall community observe 148 seconds of silent remembrance to honor the victims of the Garissa University College attack and their families. Wherever you are, on campus or elsewhere, please join us in support of our 148 fallen brothers and sisters, and of the survivors who must carry on.


R.B. Bookwalter
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Marshall University
Huntington, WV 25755