Statement From President Dorsey on Hurricane Harvey
August 29, 2017
TLU was back in full operation this morning. Classes were cancelled on Friday to allow students to get home ahead of the storm and all offices were closed yesterday. The campus weathered the storm pretty well—lots of branches down, some minor flooding, but nothing catastrophic. Approximately 300 students stayed the weekend without incident and we were relieved not to lose power. In all, we are fortunate, given that Seguin was in the direct path of Harvey Saturday morning.
Our concern now is for many of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who come from and have family in areas that are bearing the brunt of Harvey. Students have been instructed that their safety and family should be their top priority. Our Dean of Students Office is reaching out to communicate directly with students whose homes we know are in affected areas. Faculty and staff will do all we can to accommodate individuals who will need to be away from campus for an extended period. The same applies to faculty and staff who have been directly impacted. We have been following the plight of many of our alumni through social media. Our prayers are for your safety and recovery, and please keep us informed as able about how and when we can help. At times like this, we have the opportunity show that Bulldog family is more than just a slogan.
The TLU community also will be part of the relief and recovery effort. The campus stands ready to work with state and national authorities, as we did during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Many in our community are making donations through their churches, the Red Cross and other efforts. In the weeks ahead TLU will organize opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer. A number of relief efforts can be found here and Lutheran Disaster Response will be sending a support person to our area to assist in relief efforts.
Pastor Stewart will be leading a prayer vigil this evening at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Abiding Presence.
May God bless and keep each of you safe.
Stuart Dorsey, Ph.D.
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