SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield is one of the public gathering places for Sunday’s live broadcast of Northern Illinois University’s Memorial Service for the victims of the tragedy on campus on Valentine’s Day. NIU graduates, as well as other members of the public, are invited to attend.
The service is scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2008 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Group viewings of the live broadcast are being held in several locations across the country. At UIS, the broadcast can be seen in Brookens Auditorium.
NIU asked UIS to host a public site for the memorial service especially so that NIU alumni and friends would have a place to gather.
“We will welcome all NIU alumni and those with ties to the university and encourage the members of our own campus community to join them in remembering the young people who died,” said Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “What happened at NIU last week was a tragedy for all of us.”
The UIS Alumni Association and UIS Student Affairs Office will act as hosts for the evening. Parking is available in lots E, C, and D on the campus. Brookens Auditorium can be reached by entering either the Library or the Public Affairs Center.
NIU also is making plans to stream the service live on its Web site, www.niu.edu.