WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Day of Healing will be held at Purdue University Friday, Jan. 31 in the wake of the Jan. 21 shooting death of student Andrew F. Boldt.
The day will include therapy dogs and counselors at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Purdue officials said the K-9 team specializes in working with college students after tragedies. The said the use of dogs to comfort students was documented after tragedies at Virginia Tech University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Alabama.
The university has also invited student organizations to hold healing events during the day.
RecSports will offer free cooking lessons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., with a different lesson each half hour.
The Purdue Student Union Board will offer basket weaving lessons and pictures with the board’s mascot, Percy the Penguin, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Co-Rec.
The Art of Living student group will offer hour-long yoga sessions at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The student organization for Cary Quad, the residence hall where Boldt lived, will be present throughout the day.
The dogs are provided by the state’s K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team, part of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction’s emergency preparedness and response program.