University of Virginia to Host Memorial for One-Year Anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shootings April 16

April 11, 2008 – Members of the University of Virginia community will gather on April 16 to honor the victims of last year's Virginia Tech shootings. The service will be held at McIntire Amphitheater on the U.Va. Grounds at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the U.Va. Student Council, the event will include a keynote speech by the University's vice president for student affairs, Patricia Lampkin, and performances by two student a capella groups, the Academical Village People and the Virginia Belles.

• A Letter to the University Community

Additionally, a letter will be read to the University community from U.Va. undergraduate Randa Samaha, whose sister Reema was among those killed at Virginia Tech last April. Students will also have the chance to write postcards to Virginia Tech students. Student Council will package the cards and send to the school.

In a separate initiative in remembrance of the tragedy, Student Council and the University Programs Council have organized the "Trees for Tech" project. For each dollar donated to the Arbor Day Foundation, one tree will be planted in one of America's forests in memory of those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech last year. Student Council and UPC have collected money this week and will announce the total number of trees to be planted on April 12.

For more information about the memorial, contact Victoria Ingenito, Student Council's director of University Relations, at 540-270-6938.

— By Catherine Conkle