Thursday, February 7, 2008

Feb. 7 -- Daily update from the president

Let me begin by once again offering our heartfelt thanks for everyone who has provided help, support, service and prayers for the Union University community during this incredibly challenging time.

At the 36-hour mark, we have moved from the emergency phase to the recovery and restoration phase of our efforts.

On Thursday, Feb. 7 our efforts will focus on helping students remove their vehicles from the campus.

Students and parents should report to the Chi Omega house to work with student life teams to retrieve their vehicles between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tennessee Guard will be working with Union security to retrieve undamaged personal goods from various residence life rooms Feb. 7-8. All personal belongings will be bagged so that students can retrieve their undamaged personal goods beginning on Feb. 18.

The damage not only to buildings and university property is severe, but the damage to student possessions and belongings has been equally severe.

All questions should be communicated through the switchboard at (731) 661-5000 or (731) 668-1818.

Faculty, staff and community volunteers who want to participate in the cleanup process are encouraged to report to Luther Hall at the south end of the university campus at 9 a.m. on Friday and/or Saturday, Feb. 8-9.

Union University friends who wish to help our students during this time of crisis are encouraged to support the university through the designated disaster relief fund or by providing gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s or Home Depot for our students. Please send all monetary and gift card donations to:

Union University Disaster Relief Fund
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
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Gifts of gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other materials needed to assist with the cleanup should be taken to Luther Hall.

David S. Dockery
Union University