The University will remember those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings through a number of campus activities on April 15, the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Support services also are available to those experiencing emotional reactions at this time.

The Interfaith Center is a place for quiet reflection

Those wishing to quietly reflect on and remember those impacted by the Marathon Bombing may do so from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Interfaith Center, Donahue 540.

Moment of silence

To commemorate the victims of the marathon bombings, you are encouraged to gather together with others wherever you are at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, to observe a moment of silence.

Blood drive

Suffolk's S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 15 in the Regan Gym in the Ridgeway Building. All are invited to participate.

Students sponsor buffet fund-raiser for The One Fund

A Boston-themed buffet lunch and fund-raiser hosted by the Program Council, Residence Hall Association, S.O.U.L.S., the Student Government Association and Sodexo will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on April 15 in the Donahue Cafe. A portion of the proceeds from the $10 luncheon donation will benefit The One Fund.

One Fund Boston was formed with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic marathon bombings. One Fund Boston has continued to be a resource for those who lost loved ones, survivors and their families. The financial need continues for many and especially for those who will need long-term care for prosthetics and other lifestyle modifications for the rest of their lives.

Reactions to anniversary of a traumatic event

The University is aware that the anniversary of the events surrounding the Boston Marathon may evoke emotional responses for many at Suffolk University, compounded by last month’s tragic loss of two Boston firefighters in the line of duty. Staff at the Suffolk Counseling Center¬†and Interfaith Center are available to provide support at this time.

Students: If your response to the Boston marathon bombing anniversary persists in a way that disrupts your ability to carry out your daily life activities (i.e., sleep, eat, work or attend classes and activities); communicate and experience support in important relationships; or concentrate, please ask for help. Counseling Center staff are available for support at 617-573-8226. An after-hours urgent call line is available year round at the same number, 617-573-8226. Please feel free to contact the Counseling Center should you want or need additional assistance during this first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Faculty and Staff: Information about the Suffolk Employee Assistance Program is available on the Human Resources website.

Some people experience reactions to traumatic events around the anniversary of those events. Anticipating common reactions is helpful so that you are not surprised by your feelings, behaviors and thoughts, but rather understand why you might be having them. Although anniversary reactions may be upsetting, it is helpful to know that recovery takes time and requires rebuilding on many levels—physically, emotionally and spiritually. With patience, understanding and support from family, friends and others, individuals can emerge from trauma and disaster stronger than before.

More on anniversary reactions to a traumatic event (PDF)

Tips for self-care during anniversary reactions to a traumatic event (PDF)

Boston Police guidance

Boston Police urge students and others who will be attending the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 to celebrate responsibly in the spirit of the marathon and good citizenship. Boston Police will enforce city ordinances related to public drinking and intoxication, and zero tolerance for violations will be implemented. Please monitor local news stations for updates about traffic, etc. Updates are available on the Boston Marathon website.