If you live in the South, you may have heard about the fatal shooting that occurred Friday afternoon at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  My heart is heavy today for the victims and their families and for the students and faculty at UAH.  You see, UAH is my school, and no matter how long I am gone, I will always think of it that way.  I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from UAH, and I spent two years there working in the College of Liberal Arts.  I met my husband at UAH, and I gained friendships that will last the rest of my life.  I grew up there; became the person I longed to be. 

My UAH is a place filled with some of the most outstanding students and faculty you could ever hope to find.  The research projects and developments that take place on that campus absolutely blow my mind.  Although students at UAH do lots of studying (UAH does have a reputation as one of the most demanding schools in the Southeast), like any other college, you can always find students gathered outside the dorms and buildings, laughing and talking about weekend plans.  I am so angry at the thought of a disgruntled professor taking matters into her own hands and causing the fear and heartache that is going on over there right now.  How incredibly selfish.

My UAH is an amazing place, full of amazing people, and I have no doubt that they will come together to survive this tragedy, emerging stronger than ever before.  My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, victims, and families.


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