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Michael P. Malone
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News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

March 31, 2008

Members appointed
to February 14th Memorial Committee

DeKalb, Ill. — The February 14th Memorial Committee has been officially established and will meet for the first time Tuesday, April 8, to begin the process of developing recommendations for a fitting permanent memorial to victims of the shootings on campus earlier this semester.

The advisory committee to NIU President John Peters is co-chaired by Michael Malone, NIU vice president for university advancement, and former Provost Lynne Waldeland.

Other committee members are alumni Bob Marshall and Maryann Olivier; NIU annuitants Joe Vaughn and Linda Schwarz; NIU art expert Jo Burke; community members Gary Seegers and Kurt Schweitzer; Chris McCord of the NIU Council of Deans; Mike Thomas of the DeKalb Fire Department; Mallory Simpson of NIU Development; Mary Drain and Jeff Daurer of NIU Finance and Facilities; Todd Henert of campus police; faculty members Paul Stoddard, Jeff Kowalski, Kendall Thu, Clark Neher (retired) and Lynne Thomas; Bill Nicklas of the NIU Foundation; operating staff members Linda Jennings and Theresa Kinniry; Tom Parisi of NIU Public Affairs; Supportive Professional Staff members Steve Lux and Michael Stang; graduate student James Younkin; students Brent Keller, Adekunie Sosina, Ashley Walters and Mona Farraj; and victim advocates Scott Peska, James Brunson and Cindy Henderson.

Additionally, Bob Gleeson and Diana Robinson of the NIU Center for Governmental Studies have volunteered their professional expertise to help facilitate the process of developing recommendations.

“I've asked this group to provide me with a summary report by the end of May that will provide a platform from which we can develop specific plans for a fitting tribute to the five students we lost, those who were injured, and all those deeply affected by the tragic events of Feb. 14, 2008,” President Peters said.

“The committee will conduct a very open, inclusive and thoughtful review of alternatives,” Peters added. “Ultimately, this group will aid the healing process on campus. Above all, we need this memorial to respectfully recognize our loss and honor the enduring Huskie spirit of NIU.”

Peters gave the committee four specific charges:

  • Review and consider all suggestions submitted in writing related to the development of a memorial.
  • Outline the various types of memorials suggested, with a listing of the relative merits of each type.
  • Provide a list of possible campus sites for such a memorial space, again with a list of relative merits.
  • Present any general suggestions for university policy needed to support the development of a memorial space on campus.

The Memorial Committee continues to solicit suggestions for the creation of the permanent physical memorial. Members of the NIU community are encouraged to send their suggestions to memorial@niu.edu.

The Memorial Committee is not examining issues, however, related to the future of Cole Hall. Those issues are being addressed separately by various campus groups.

Student government is working on the Cole Hall issue, gathering opinions and discussing options. Provost Ray Alden and Paul Stoddard, executive secretary of the University Council, are likewise assessing campus views on immediate, mid-range and long-term space needs related to the closure of Cole Hall. The provost's work group, consisting of faculty, staff and students, is looking carefully at all of the details involved in short- medium- and long-term replacement of instructional space lost in the Cole Hall closure.

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