Dear Colleagues and Students,
As I write this, we have endured yet another hurricane. And,
sadly, yet again a deadly hurricane is headed toward the Gulf
I want to thank each of you for your hard work, perseverance,
and patience as we have opened and closed the University twice
in the first few weeks of the semester. I know it's disruptive,
but in both cases it was absolutely unavoidable. The safety
and security of our University family is and always will be
foremost in our decision-making.
I also applaud your outpouring of generosity in the wake
of Hurricane Katrina. You have taken an active role in one
of the most comprehensive relief efforts of our time. You
contributed desperately needed financial support, medical
assistance, supplies, and plain old elbow grease in the relief
effort. Perhaps most importantly, you opened up your hearts
to fellow citizens in need.
You can continue to show your support in a number of ways.
On Saturday, at the
UM-Colorado football game, student volunteers will sweep through
the Orange Bowl collecting cash donations that will go directly
to Hurricane Katrina relief. You may also make donations to
hurricane relief through the University's United Way campaign.
Faculty, staff, and students may make one-time donations for
Hurricane Katrina relief by contacting Pat Grewe at 305-284-6348.
And I urge each of you to increase your annual contributions
to United Way, as well, at MyUM.
Unfortunately, the need is always greater than the resources
As you're aware, we reached out to other institutions of
higher learning in the Gulf Coast states. To date, we have
enrolled a total of 101 undergraduate, graduate, and professional
students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Those tuition
dollars are being held in escrow and eventually will be returned
to those students' home institutions.
Finally, and on a much lighter note, I'd like to acknowledge
the birthday of a very dear friend of mine. Though he certainly
doesn't look it, Sebastian the Ibis is turning 50 this year.
This milestone will be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend,
but you have an opportunity to express your birthday wishes
now. He's in the running for Capital One Mascot of the Year
- but he's in last place and needs your help! Visit this Web
site and vote each day through mid-December: http://hurricanesports.collegesports.com/genrel/090605aac.html.
I am always proud to be a part of this great University,
but never prouder than during the past few weeks. This is
a wonderful place to live and learn and work (and play).