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Weekly Update from the President, 9/28/05

Loyola press release - October 4, 2005

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,



Since I wrote to you last week, the life of the University has been complicated by Hurricane Rita. While Rita did not do any further damage to the campus, the hurricane slowed the recovery efforts on campus and did some further damage to other parts of the city. Rita also forced the evacuation of Houston and the closing of our Academic Affairs operations at the University of Houston. I am sure that closure has been frustrating to a number of you, especially students who have academic questions or financial ones. I expect those offices will be up and running by the end of this week and they will be able to respond to your questions and inquiries.



I continue to receive some emails with questions about tuition. What I have said from the start of this is that Loyola will handle tuition, room, and board on an institution to institution basis. I have also said that no one will pay tuition twice for the same semester. If someone is attending an institution and has had to pay a second tuition, we will work out a refund as soon as we can given the fractured nature of our infrastructure. If someone has questions about financial aid or scholarships, they should contact our Academic Affairs office listed on our web page (http://www.loyno.edu ).



Entergy has been at work to restore power to campus. This will be a major step since it will bring back lighting and air conditioning. I know that many of you are anxious to return to campus. As I said earlier, we have prepared a plan for return to campus. When conditions are right and the city gives us the go ahead we will make the re-entry plan available on the web page. Your co-operation in the plan is important.



This week I begin my visit to our alumni chapters and students across the nation. This week I will be in Chicago, St. Louis, and Miami. The events will be an opportunity for me to speak about the University’s current situation and its future. It will also be an opportunity for me to ask for support in our relief and renewal efforts. The road to resurrection for Loyola has risks. The relief fund is crucial to our ability to stabilize the University and its faculty, staff, and students.



Throughout all of this I have been reminded that Loyola’s greatest resource is its people: faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents. The examples of heroism and self-sacrifice are too numerous to recount. And I am sure we will hear more and more stories of wonderful people and great examples of heroism and generosity. It is this resource that gives me optimism that the University will move through these difficult moments to resurrection. I am also confident that the resurrection of the University will be an important part of new life for the City of New Orleans.



With prayers and best wishes,





Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

President



28 September 2005