Message from the President (August 19, 2016)
Dear LSU Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The past week brought historic flooding to our state, but it also highlighted the deep and lasting ties that bind our community together in times of crisis. LSU was fortunate – campus sustained minimal damage and will be up and running as planned next week. But we know that is not the case for thousands across Louisiana, many of whom we count as members of our LSU family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the devastating flood waters. Recovery will not happen overnight, but it will happen, and we will get there by working together as Louisianans.
LSU will begin the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 22. We know some of our faculty, staff, and students will not be able to join us yet, and we will make accommodations to make their re-entry process as smooth as possible. It is critically important for our community to continue moving forward even as we help our friends and family recover. Healing requires a sense of normalcy and routine and comfort – and we are here to provide that, and so much more, to all those who call LSU home.
One of the things that makes this university special is our close-knit community. We are more than colleagues, peers, and neighbors – we are LSU. If you need help, we are here for you. Visit www.lsu.edu/floodrelief for a listing of resources available to flood-affected members of the LSU community.
Many challenges will follow the receding waters, but please know that we stand ready to assist those who need it. Thank you for everything you do for LSU, and remember that your university family stands behind you on the road to recovery.
F. King Alexander