September 30, 2016 2:00 p.m.
It was a gathering that didn’t have an official name but its impact was huge.
Friday morning, a moment of silence was held on the campus of Umpqua Community College. When the bagpipers started to play at about 10:30 a.m. scores of students and staff left their classrooms or offices to take a moment to remember the events that rocked the campus just a day over a year ago.
Following the bagpiper’s second song, “Amazing Grace’, the time of silence began. You could have heard a pin drop as those gathered contemplated the UCC tragedy. Many of those attending were on campus last year, and a few were even somewhere in Snyder Hall.
Board Chair Vanessa Becker wrapped up the time of quiet by reminding people to take care of themselves and of each other. As the group disbanded, some students and staff took special small rocks that had been created especially for the gathering. Those rocks had words like “healing”, “courage” and “strength” on them. People were encouraged to take them home and place them someplace special.
Within in short time, students and staff began to drift back to their classes or work.