Saturday, February 9, 2008

Feb. 9 -- Daily update from the president

Progress continues with the clean-up of the Union campus. For the amazing work of Union faculty and staff in this effort, we are most grateful. Volunteers are making a very positive difference and we are grateful for each one of them.

We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us with their desire to volunteer -- actually more volunteers than we can use at this time. Our rebuilding project will be lengthy and we hope that these volunteers will be willing to help us in weeks and months ahead. For every prayer, every word of support and encouragement and for every indicator of good will toward Union, we are indeed thankful.

I want to encourage students and parents to check the UU Recovery site for updates about recovery of belongings from the student residential life areas. Over 150 Union University staff members, led by Provost Carla Sanderson, are extending every effort possible, assisted by structural engineers and emergency personnel, to recover all undamaged student belongings from the residence life facilities.

Please follow the updates on the main Union Web site and the recovery site. Also, please check with the Volunteer Hot Line -- (731) 661-5160 -- or the helpful staff at Union Station -- (731) 668-1818 or (731) 661-5000 -- for needed information.

We thank God for His providential care and direction as we seek to move forward. We are encouraged by the wisdom of one of the church's great leaders from centuries ago: "Let us do the necessary so that we can do the possible, and soon God will lead us to do the impossible." By God's grace we will continue to move forward together for the good of Union University.

-- David S. Dockery, president, Union University