2005-2006 Academic Year

Message from President Trombley to the Pitzer Community Regarding Hurricane Katrina

September 2, 2005

Dear Members of the Pitzer Community,

Over the past few days, ever since Hurricane Katrina struck the southern United States, I have received numerous phone calls and emails from you asking what we could do as a College to assist the students who have been displaced. I would like to thank the faculty and staff who have offered to open their homes to students, and to the staff in Admission who are already working with students seeking emergency entrance. Your calls and emails are a wonderful testament to our community of caring individuals. Today I asked the members of the faculty to support the addition of approximately six students to our College on an emergency basis. I would like to express my appreciation to the entire faculty for their full support. I have spoken with Arnaldo Rodriquez, and we agreed that with the community’s assistance we could appropriately provide for these additional students.

At of the time of this message, Tulane University is closed indefinitely and has relocated its offices to Houston, Dillard University is submerged under eight feet of water, and Xavier College does not expect to reopen until at least January. Nearly 107,000 undergraduate students and nearly 14,000 graduate students are in schools that have had to close. To provide you with context regarding how dire the emergency situation has become, I have included a link to a recent posting by the Associated Press: www.breitbart.com/news/na/D8CBN9OG2.html.

This is a catastrophic event and it will take months, if not years, for cities and institutions to rebuild. The challenges are enormous and the human suffering is beyond description. For those of us who have visited these areas in the past, it is difficult to conceive of the magnitude of the devastation. For those members of our community who come from Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana or who have loved ones living there, your sense of loss and anxiety must be unimaginable. Please know that as a community we are here to support you during this terrible time. You are not alone.

Thank you once again for all your offers of assistance.

Laura Skandera Trombley
Pitzer College