Past Features

May 1, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 7)

The Lehman Community Remembers Those Lost at Virginia Tech

Displaying the finished quilt are, from left, Pilar Guichardo, Lara Tosin, Julissa Cruz, Traci Palmieri, and Amanda Dubois.
Displaying the finished quilt are, from left, Pilar Guichardo, Lara Tosin, Julissa Cruz, Traci Palmieri, and Amanda Dubois.

To commemorate the tragic loss of life that occurred in the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech, the Lehman community has come together in a gesture of support and solidarity to create a special patchwork quilt.

Following the suggestion of Associate Dean John Holloway, the Office of Student Affairs set up tables around the campus, where students, faculty and staff stopped by and worked on individual six-inch by six-inch patches for the quilt. The individual squares display words, symbols and decorations designed to offer comfort and sympathy to the Virginia Tech community.

Sewing the pieces of the quilt together are, from left, Toby Liederman, Julissa Cruz, Lara Tosin, and Shone Lane.
Sewing the pieces of the quilt together are, from left, Toby Liederman, Julissa Cruz, Lara Tosin, and Shone Lane.

After collecting approximately 100 squares, Amanda DuBois, coordinator for Community Service/Service Learning, worked with student volunteers over a two-week period to sew the squares together. The final product is a quilt measuring approximately eight feet by three feet.

Lara Tosin, one of the many students who worked hard on the quilt, said, "There is just so much to say to the Virginia Tech community, I wouldn't know where to start. This quilt symbolizes something you can rest on. We send them our love." Another student, Traci Palmieri, summed up the meaning of the project: "Even though it happened there, it affected all of us."

The finished quilt will be on display outside the Music Building on Monday afternoon, May 7, and will then be sent to Virginia Tech.