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A Message from the President - 9/1/05

Loyola press release - October 4, 2005

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We all know that we have suffered a terrible loss in Hurricane Katrina. But I want you to know that we are working, as quickly as possible to resume operations. While it will be some time before we will be at work again on St. Charles Avenue, we can continue our work while in dispersion.

We have had a number of generous and supportive offers from other universities. The other twenty seven Jesuit universities are open to accepting our students. You can find information for them at the website for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Also, Louisiana State University will welcome our students. And we are working with options for the Law School. I hope to have these resolved soon.

The faculty and staff should know that we are reestablishing financial operations. We want to be sure that everyone is taken care of in this crisis.

Tomorrow we will open an administrative office where people can contact us by phone or internet. We will try to deal with questions as they come along.

Along with members of our facilities staff and University Police I was on campus through Katrina until yesterday. While we have sustained some damage, the campus is in good condition. We will have to work with the city, and others, to get the basic services restored to campus. I am deeply grateful to the men and women who remained on campus, during the hurricane, to help us through this. I especially want to thank Mr. Paul Fleming and Chief Pat Bailey. At some time in the future, we will take the time to thank formally the many people who have helped keep Loyola together.

This has been an extraordinary time of testing for all of us. The examples of generosity and heroic leadership are many. Our challenges are great but so are our opportunities. We have a chance now to help build a renewed Loyola University in a renewed New Orleans. I look forward to working with you to meet these challenges.

With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.
President
1 September 2005