College Mourns the Loss of Three Barnard and Columbia Students

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The following message was sent to the Barnard Community on Jan. 19, 2016.

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

This evening, January 19, at 6:00 p.m., please join with members of the Barnard and Columbia community for a candlelight vigil on Low Plaza in remembrance of our own Daniella Moffson ’17, Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt ’18, and Abigail Flanagan, General Studies student, CUMC nurse practitioner and Columbia parent. The vigil will begin with the tolling of the chapel bells and will include student speakers from Barnard, Columbia College, General Studies, and the School of Nursing.  The University Chaplain will preside, and President Spar and President Bollinger will make remarks. Following the vigil, light refreshments will be served in Sulzberger Parlor, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

We expect that there may be a significant press presence at the vigil and around campus throughout the day.  Please know that you have no obligation to interact with members of the media, and that University staff will be on hand at the vigil to ensure that they maintain respectful boundaries.

As always, if you are in need of support during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Furman Counseling Center (212-854-2092) or the Dean of Studies office (212-854-2024).

Our deepest condolences go out to all those who knew Daniella, Olivia and Abigail.  They will be in our thoughts and prayers today, and in the days and weeks ahead.


Avis Hinkson

Dean of the College

The following message was sent to the Barnard Community on Jan. 14, 2016.

Dear Students,
As you read in President Bollinger’s and President Spar’s emails on Wednesday evening, Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt and Barnard College student Daniella Moffson died yesterday in a tragic bus accident in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, while on a volunteer mission organized by the humanitarian group Global Brigades. Abigail Flanagan, a General Studies student and nurse practitioner at CUMC, and the mother of Columbia College student Patrick Flanagan, was also killed.
This service trip involved students from all four of the undergraduate schools. Many of the students are still in Honduras. Columbia staff members have arrived in Tegucigalpa to provide on-the-ground support to students, and we are working collectively to ensure their safe return home.
We are all saddened by this tragedy, and we encourage you to rely on one another and your families and friends, as well as school and University offices for support. Please know that your advisers and deans, the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and Furman Counseling Center, and members of the Office of the University Chaplain, are all available to provide you with any support you may need in dealing with this tragedy. We have listed their contact information for you below.
The University will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, on Low Plaza, for the Columbia community to reflect and to remember Olivia, Daniella and Abigail. The University will also fly flags at half-staff that day in recognition of this great loss to our community.
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