Panel on Sandy Hook tragedy rescheduled for Jan. 31

Veteran educators will discuss how to respond to tragic and traumatic events in school communities and how schools strive to meet the needs of all students during a panel discussion at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Organized by WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the event is open to the public and will take place in the A.K. Hinds University Center multipurpose room from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The panel was originally scheduled for Jan. 17, but was postponed due to weather-related travel concerns.

Experienced professional educators will provide perspective and answer attendees’ questions at the event. Panelists include Mike Murray, superintendent of Jackson County Schools, and WCU faculty members Lisa Bloom, professor of special education; Phyllis Robertson, professor of counseling; Judy Robinson, visiting assistant professor of social work; and Lori Unruh, associate professor of school psychology. Dale Carpenter, interim dean of and professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, will moderate the discussion.

For more information, contact Carpenter at or 828-227-7311.