2010 Loyola's Help Haiti Efforts
Welcome to the start of a new semester. I hope you’ve had a good break. I am writing to inform you of two things I want you to know about.
First, I know that you are aware of the disastrous earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. I’m sure that some of you have already responded by giving to your favorite relief agency.
In the days ahead, we will be launching our own effort to help Haiti. As in the past, the generosity of Loyolans will undoubtedly show itself. We have decided that our own efforts on campus will benefit the Jesuit Refugee Services and Partners in Health, because we have connections with both organizations and can be assured that the money will reach the intended recipients.
What will we do? We will do many different things. In fact, we are asking for all schools, departments, organizations, and units to be creative. Starting immediately, you will be asked at various junctures if you would like to contribute a dollar to the “Help Haiti” effort. This may be when you buy something at one of our dining facilities or when you attend an event. There will be maroon and white “Help Haiti” boxes at key locations around our campuses—please remember to carry dollar bills with you, and try to contribute what you can. Volunteers will be soliciting you at any number of events and on any number of occasions. Of course, you may have other ways you are helping out the relief effort. Nothing is discouraged. If you want to contribute to the Loyola effort, however, there will be many opportunities to do so. Your patience and your frequent generosity will go a long way toward helping the people of Haiti.
We have asked the schools, departments, divisions, programs, organizations—anyone wishing to host an event or solicit on campus—to coordinate with an appointed person in your respective area. With so much going on, coordination within divisions and across the University is critical. If you don’t know who the coordinators are in your area, I suggest you contact the leader of your school or department.
The coordinators for each area will feed information to Anastasia Busiek, who works in University Marketing and Communication. She will oversee a central repository for Loyola’s collective efforts and can provide “Help Haiti” materials so that all initiatives are part of the greater effort. Annie can be reached at email@example.com. Again, we are asking that a point person for each area be in touch with Annie to streamline and organize the information gathering process.
We’ll keep the campuses posted on how the campaign is going. And, as we go about this effort, let us keep the people of Haiti and those who are assisting them in our prayers and thoughts.
Second, I wish to remind you that there will be a State of the University address on February 1 at the Lake Shore Campus and February 2 at the Water Tower Campus. I’ll update you on our “Help Haiti” progress to date, as well as discuss other University initiatives at each address.
Monday, February 1
3:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Crown Center Auditorium
Tuesday, February 2
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor, Corboy Law Center
Again, my wishes for a successful start to the new semester and new year.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago