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Michael P. Malone
Michael P. Malone

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News Release

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

March 28, 2008

Suggestions sought for memorial
to honor victims of Feb. 14 tragedy

DeKalb, Ill. — NIU Vice President for University Advancement Michael P. Malone, who has been named chair of the February 14th Memorial Committee, is soliciting suggestions for the creation of a permanent physical memorial to honor the victims of the tragic events of last month.

Members of the NIU community are encouraged to send their suggestions to

“The university's ultimate goal is to create a fitting memorial—a special place where people can gather to reflect upon and honor the memory of the victims and to reaffirm the core values of NIU,” Malone said.

The committee will be made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni, annuitants, community members, friends and supporters of NIU. Additionally, the newly created NIU Office of Support and Advocacy will seek important input on the memorial from families of the deceased and from students who were physically injured in the incident. Representatives from this office will be a part of the Memorial Committee to provide this valuable perspective.

“We will review all submitted suggestions, examining their merits and looking for common themes that emerge,” Malone said. “In addition to looking at different types of suggested memorials, we also will examine the merits of potential sites on campus for such a memorial space.”

He said it is important to note that while the advisory Memorial Committee will provide recommendations for development of a memorial, it is not examining issues related to Cole Hall.

“This is about the creation of a memorial, not about the future of Cole Hall,” Malone said. “These are separate issues.”

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. (More detailed information on Cole Hall efforts is available at