Saint Francis senior visits Parkland Memorial

Courtesy photo Lucy Rojas, a senior public health student at Saint Francis University, Loretto, is shown at the Parkland Memorial in Florida.

LORETTO — The recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., hit home for Saint Francis University’s Public Health Program.

Lucy Rojas, a senior Public Health student is participating in field experience with the American Red Cross in Broward County, Fla.

Rojas has been deployed to the Family Assistance Center, established by the Red Cross, to work as a field support volunteer.

The center is providing mental health counseling, spiritual support and general resources to those directly affected by the tragedy.

Public Health Program Director Theresa M. Horner spoke with Rojas immediately following the tragedy to ensure her safety and to offer campus support for the 17 victims and their families.

The campus community came together in remembering all at a Mass and by signing a 36-by-48-inch poster.

The poster was sent to Rojas and was placed at the Parkland Memorial.

Horner later traveled to Parkland to visit with Rojas and helped provide disaster mental health services.

The poster was a means for students, faculty and staff to send their prayers, love and encouragement to all involved. Horner shared, “It was very touching, although not surprising, to witness the outpouring of compassion and empathy expressed by the campus community — a personification of what it means to ‘Become that Someone.'”