August 17, 2016
Dear faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Spring Hill College community:
The recent flooding in Louisiana has left a tremendous and direct impact on the lives of many individuals, including members of our own community and their extended families, and recent news coverage from around the region continues to leave impressions on both our minds and hearts.
And so in this moment, I want to share with you an update on what we are doing both for our own Spring Hill students and their families affected by these circumstances as well as for others in need of assistance. Please rest assured that the well-being and safety of all Spring Hill students, faculty, staff and alumni are important to us and that those touched by the recent storms in Louisiana are in our thoughts and prayers. Every part of our college has come together and initiated appropriate actions to respond to the needs of community members in the region devastated by floods. Members of the Cabinet and their teams are working to touch base with our students living in these impacted areas to assess how we may best support them during this time. In fact, we have already communicated with all incoming freshman students from the region. Many of our students affected by these conditions have already reached out to members of our staff, and we are aware of their personal situations.
The Spring Hill community is based upon a foundation of support for and service to those in need. It is part of our mission to serve when we are called, and many of us currently find ourselves faced with the question of how we may be of support during these challenging times.
To extend our assistance beyond our immediate campus community, Campus Ministry leadership has reached out to various alumni and friends in the affected areas to determine how we can best support the needs of those impacted by the flooding. Those interested in making a monetary donation, in the form of cash or check, to assist with relief efforts may do so through Campus Ministry, which will coordinate the distribution of funds to local Louisiana organizations or groups in need and with which we have a relationship. If you are interested in providing support in this manner, please make checks payable to Spring Hill College. Additionally, we will be remembering those affected by the flood in a special way at our Mass of the Holy Spirit next Monday, August 22, and at our Masses on August 28.
We will continue to post updates about these relief efforts on the main Spring Hill website at www.shc.edu as new information becomes available and as we best determine how to support those who need our assistance.
Christopher P. Puto, PhD
Spring Hill College