Message from Dr. Kevin Bailey, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
I write you today with a heavy heart. It is with deep sadness that I share we lost a member of our community late last night. Sophomore Polly Rogers was killed in a traffic accident on Tryon Street.
As we begin to understand the circumstances surrounding Polly’s sudden passing, we also reflect on her life and her time with us. Polly was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and was studying special education in the Cato College of Education. Her professors describe her as warm and caring, as do others who had the pleasure of knowing her.
If students need support during this difficult time, please reach out to the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at 704‑687‑0311 (after hours, press 0 to be connected with a counselor) or Student Assistance and Support Services at 704-687-0289.
Faculty and staff who need assistance should contact ComPsych (employee assistance program, available 24 hours a day) at 877-603-8259.
Please join me in holding Polly’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead.
Message from Dr. Ellen McIntyre, dean of the Cato College of Education
The Cato College of Education is grieving the loss of one of our own. Polly Rogers was a promising future special education teacher, and is remembered by those who knew her for her kind and gentle spirit. We are heartbroken, and send special wishes to Polly's father, Tim, and his family. Tim was a valued member of the Cato College of Education as our Director of Development for many years. His family is part of our family and we send forth our collective strength during the tragic time.