Message From College President

Monday, August 29, 2011

To All members of the College Community,

I hope that none of you has suffered any family tragedy because of the hurricane and that no one has significant damage to property. Fortunately, Irene lost some of her punch as she moved north so the destruction at the College was less than anticipated.

The worst damage to the campus was to the lower parking lot behind the summer house. The entire area was destroyed by the force of the water escaping the creek bed. Physical Plant is already meeting with contractors to secure bids for its replacement. Needless to say, this loss presents parking challenges. We are asking resident Juniors and Seniors to park at SugarLoaf in order to accommodate daytime and evening parking needs. Should additional spaces be required, we will have to ask other members of the College Community to relocate to SugarLoaf until the lower lot is replaced.

There were leaks in Martino Hall, Fitzsimmons Hall, the new Fitness Center, the library and kitchen at SugarLoaf. None of them was catastrophic.

The dedication and care of our student life, maintenance, housekeeping, and security staff was exemplary. Everyone worked together to ensure the well being of students residing on campus and the safety of our buildings and grounds. On behalf of us all, I want to express my gratitude to each of them for rising to this occasion with graciousness and expertise. We are blessed in the people with whom we work.

Likewise, I want to thank the members of the Cabinet, student life staff, and the Directors of contracted services for the organization and planning prior to, during, and after the storm. The collaborative teamwork, follow-through, and follow-up was extraordinary. Thank you for your diligence and patience during a difficult time. It is a privilege to work with you.

Information about the events postponed because of the hurricane will be communicated at a later time.

I look forward to seeing all of you later this week as we begin a new academic year.

Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.
President