At 2:02 p.m. on Friday, June 17, the bells in the Browning Building clock tower will toll 49 times in honor of the victims of the recent Orlando shooting. At 2:02 a.m. on Monday, June 12, the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history took place in a Florida nightclub.

“I offer my condolences to the families and friends of victims of this recent horrific, senseless tragedy,” President Alisa White said. “The Austin Peay family joins our nation in grieving the loss, and we take this opportunity to affirm our respect and value for human life. Tomorrow, we will remember the victims with the ringing of the clock tower bells, and we will honor their memories by remaining committed to making Austin Peay a warm, safe, inclusive community.”

Austin Peay students, faculty and staff also are invited to participate in a community vigil for the victims at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 317 Franklin St. Trinity is hosting this interfaith memorial service with other local churches in response to the violence in Orlando.

For those in need of support during this time, the University offers several resources for students and employees.

•  Students in need of support and/or counseling can contact the APSU Student Counseling Center at 931-221-6162 or Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office at 931-221-7341. A brief mental health screening also can be found on their website at

• Employees can contact Human Resources at 931-221-7177 for information about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and community resources.

• David Davenport, chief diversity officer at APSU, is also available to anyone in need of guidance or direction. You can reach him at, or at 221-7196.