From the Chancellor: Our Thoughts are with Paris

Dear Orange Friends:

Nearly 27 years ago, terrorism struck the Syracuse University community and changed our world forever. Because of Pan Am Flight 103, this great University long ago experienced the searing pain of terrorism. Each day since then, we have paid respect to those victims and learned how to reassert and fight for our values of good in the face of evil.

Today, our hearts ache for our friends in France and for all the men, women, and children affected by yesterday’s terror attacks. It’s a feeling all too familiar for the Syracuse University community.

Today, we pray for the lives lost. We send our support to the family and friends of those who perished. And, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the military and police for their quick response and their ongoing efforts to keep the people of France safe.

This evening, to show our support for those impacted, the Hall of Languages will be lit in the colors of the French flag.

As you know, Syracuse University is a global institution with eight overseas centers. Those centers host thousands of students studying abroad each year. The SU Abroad staff has been in touch with all their overseas directors and partners, all of whom are currently conducting welfare checks to confirm the safety and well-being of the University’s students, faculty and staff traveling in Paris and Europe.

SU Abroad will continue to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates on the SU Abroad home page.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud