Message from the President (August 23, 2016)
Dear LSU Faculty and Staff,
While our campus was primarily spared from damage, many in our Tiger family suffered ruinous damage to their homes during last week’s flooding. I know that many of your lives are in upheaval, and we want to help. I have asked the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to establish an LSU Employee Assistance Fund, and they readily agreed to do so. The fund will help LSU employees who are affected by disasters and hardships such as this recent flood.
If you have been impacted by the flood, and need financial assistance, or if you wish to give to the fund to help your fellow LSU employees, please visit http://www.employees1st.org/lsu for more information. A computer lab will be made available to those employees who need computer assistance to apply or donate. Please check http://lsu.edu/floodrelief later today for more details. Although the funds will only be given to employees, anyone can donate to the fund. I am asking all Tigers everywhere to join together in support of our LSU community and contribute to the fund.
We are also helping LSU students through the previously established Student Disaster Relief Fund through the LSU Foundation. For students to apply for assistance, visit http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/financialaid/student-relief-fund-application/. To donate to the fund, visit at lsufoundation.org/floodrelief. Information about both the employee and student relief funds is accessible through http://lsu.edu/floodrelief, which also lists other methods of flood relief and services available to the LSU community.
Other services provided to LSU employees include:
Complimentary dinner is available this week, through Friday, for LSU employees and their immediate family members who have been affected by the flood, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Room in the LSU Student Union. Meals will be provided by LSU Dining/Chartwells.
LSU will open its food pantry to assist employees as well as students who are in need. The pantry is located in Room 455 of the LSU Union. It is open Mondays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Auxiliary Services is offering use of laundry machines to LSU employees impacted by the flooding. Staff members may sign up for a two-hour slot to launder clothing in the LSU Student Union Theater. Two high-efficiency washers and two dryers are available during each time slot. Caldwell and Gregory, LSU’s laundry servicer, will provide complimentary detergent, dryer sheets and laundry bags. Sign up at http://www.lsu.edu/floodrelief/assistance-info.php.
LSU Sustainability recently partnered with the Capital Region Planning Commission to create a ride-share app called Geaux Ride, https://geauxride.greenride.com. Employees can sign up on their MyLSU page by clicking on Ride Share.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has begun a one-week bus service with connections to CATS bus services. For more information, visit http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/administration/announcements/Announcement.aspx?key=11943.
The LSU Registrar’s Office will reprint, free of charge, any LSU diploma that was lost in the recent flooding. To request a new diploma, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-578-2105.
LSU employees can donate extra leave time to fellow employees affected by the flood via the Flood Relief website at http://www.lsu.edu/floodrelief/assistance-info.php.
Your university family is here to help you recover from the flood. LSU’s success as a flagship research university is heavily dependent upon the efforts and contributions of its employees, and we will continue to stand by you through the recovery process.
F. King Alexander