Alabama colleges mourn tornado victims

Alabama’s community colleges were hit hard by the tornadoes that devastated the South, reports Community College Times.

May 10 graduation ceremonies have been cancelled at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. One of the students scheduled to graduate, 21-year-old Loryn Brown, was killed in her off-campus apartment.

A tornado killed Jennifer Hallmark, who was due to graduate with a nursing degree this week from Snead State Community College.

Hallmark, 31, had maintained a perfect grade-point average while caring for 17-month-old twins and a 6-year-old daughter. One of the twins, her husband and her in-laws were also killed in the storm. The other twin is in intensive care.

Classes and graduation ceremonies were postponed for a week.
Six University of Alabama students were killed in Tuscaloosa, including Melanie Nicole Mixon, who graduated last year from Jefferson State Community College, and three graduates of Northeast Alabama Community College.

Power outages have closed Wallace State Community College and Calhoun Community College. Bevill State Community College reopened on Monday, but postponed final exams by one week.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON May 3, 2011

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April Hallmark

The 17-month-old twins did not belong to Shane and Jennifer Hallmark, they were her niece and nephew. Jayden and Julie Hallmark are the twin infants of Shane’s brother, Ricky Hallmark.

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