TO: Members of the University Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.
SUBJ: Support for the People of Japan
DATE: March 11, 2011
While events are still unfolding in Japan, it is clear that the devastation from yesterday’s earthquakes and tsunami have touched millions of lives. During this Lenten season especially, we are called upon to recognize and support those who are suffering; natural disasters such as this afford us particular opportunities to do so. I ask that you include everyone impacted by this tragedy – especially those who have lost their lives, and their loved ones – in your prayers.
In this time of tragedy, I ask that we all be particularly mindful of our students from Japan and make an extra effort to support and assist them. The International Student Program office is leading and coordinating efforts to help accommodate their needs during this challenging and stressful time.
I am grateful to our colleagues in Student Life, who worked throughout last night in conjunction with Athletics and the Center for Community Action and Service Learning to assure the safety of our GU community members on Spring Break projects located along the coastal areas of North America that were initially anticipating a tsunami. Everyone was safe and accounted for as of this morning, including students, faculty and staff on the GAMP Trek in San Francisco; Mission: Possible efforts in Neah Bay and San Francisco; and the Crew event in San Diego.
Over the next few weeks we can expect to see increasing opportunities to support the people of Japan. As always, I am confident the Gonzaga community will respond with love and generosity.
Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.