As you know from our e-mail yesterday, a tragic accident took the lives of five Georgia Southern University Nursing students. Caitlyn Baggett, one of the casualties, was also a recent alum of East Georgia State College (EGSC), and we are deeply saddened by the loss of such a kind, compassionate, and promising young woman.
"Homegrown," Caitlyn attended high school at Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, only about 12 miles from East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. She graduated cum laude from EGSC in December 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and had transferred to Georgia Southern’ s highly competitive nursing program.
Even in such a brief span of time, Caitlyn left a lasting impression on those she left behind. East Georgia State College joins together in extending our thoughts, prayers and willingness to help in any way possible the families, friends, and classmates of these five young women and the two other students accompanying them who were injured. We wish them a full recovery as they deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.
EGSC's counselor, Anna Marie Reich, is available to help students on the Swainsboro or Statesboro campus who might need her services during this difficult time. She can be reached at 478.289.2039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Georgia's flags are flying at half-staff today in memory of the students, and a moment of silence and reflection will be held at our Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Induction tonight. Following Commencement on May 8, 7:00 PM, Caitlyn and others will be remembered at a Memorial balloon release.
Please keep everyone close in your thoughts.