As you may know, this week has been tremendously heartbreaking in the world of higher education. Two campuses, The University of Virginia and the University of Idaho, have both suffered unimaginable pain and tragedy due to mortal acts of violence. Our hearts ache for their campuses, communities, parents, and family members.
When I read stories like these in the news, my heart aches. While I mourn with our fellow colleges across the nation as they experience these horrific trials, I can’t help but think about our SUNY Broome family members…the students, faculty, and staff who make up our academic community. Each of you are important parts of this community and SUNY Broome family. Today, UVA and UIdaho mourn the members of their families that they have lost and we stand firmly by them during this terrible time.
As we enter the holiday season, which for some can sadly be a time full of stress or loneliness even in the best of circumstances, I implore us all to not lose hope. If you are ever feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, please visit our Counseling Services office for students or access our EAP services for faculty and staff through our HR Office. You can make an appointment to talk to a compassionate counselor who is there to support you and to help make your time at SUNY Broome an enriching experience both academically and personally.
Counseling Services are available to SUNY Broome students in the Old Science Building room 102, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students off campus may call +1 (607) 778-5210 to speak with a counselor. SUNY Broome counselors are available 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with after-hours phone coverage available after 5:00 pm.
For faculty and staff, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) staff are available to provide support; they can be reached at (800) 327-2255.
For members of our campus community who may be in need of someone to talk to, or are seeking support to process these or any tragic events any time, please visit Support Resources – Counseling Services.
Dr. Kevin E. Drumm
President of SUNY Broome