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Gold bar 03-19-2003 | University Relations

Also see: ISU resources, info on the war

Statement (on the beginning of the war in Iraq)
Gregory L. Geoffroy
Iowa State University

As we enter this most difficult and challenging time, it is very important for us to come together and reaffirm those qualities that make us a strong and supportive community.

We must continue to support all members of this community, especially those who are from parts of the world that are directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, and especially the members of our community who are serving in our Armed Forces and their families and friends.

We must also continue to be strong advocates for the free and open discussion of ideas and opinions, treating all who express their ideas with civility and respect. Our primary mission is one of education, and positive, constructive education cannot occur in an atmosphere dominated by intolerance, distrust and hate.

A crisis such as this creates considerable fear, anguish, and uncertainty, as well as anger. These are understandable feelings; however, we must not let them overtake or overwhelm us. Anyone who is having difficulty dealing with this crisis and these emotions needs to know that there are people--at the university and in the community--who will help you understand and deal with them. Counselors are available through Iowa State's Student Counseling Service; and local churches, religious organizations and community groups are available for group and individual counseling.

The University's web site ( will provide information about support services available to students, faculty and staff, as well as the programs, vigils, and other activities that are being organized in response to the crisis. It also links to sites that contain information about personal security and safety.

Finally, I urge everyone in our community, across our nation and throughout the world to join in efforts to bring a quick resolution to this conflict, using all legitimate avenues available to minimize loss of life, pain and suffering.

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