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Feb. 12 -- Daily update from the president

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 12, 2008 – Today, I want to pause to say a word of thanksgiving, particularly to those throughout our Madison County community. I know you will join me in expressing thanks to them and for them.

One week ago, Union University experienced the greatest challenging hour it has ever faced in its storied 185-year history. The EF-4 tornado that ripped through our campus destroyed buildings, residences and offices, resulting in more than $40 million in damage.

But thanks be to God, it could not destroy the courageous spirit of the Jackson-Madison County community, nor did it take a single life.

On this day, the Union University family is a community overwhelmed with gratefulness. To this end, together we:

In addition, we want to pause in the midst of our recovery to express our deep heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals:

To the following churches and organizations, our hearts overflow with thankfulness:

Further, we wish express our great appreciation to:

In particular, as the president of this great university, I want very personally to thank our marvelous board of trustees, faculty, staff and remarkable students who have shown a strength of will and courage that displays the heart and mission of Union University. With all of these I am deeply humbled and privileged to work every day. The nation has the opportunity that I am privileged to see each day, which is the amazing quality of people who make up the Union University family.

And, finally, for our ongoing gratefulness to a long list of groups and individuals too lengthy to innumerate in this space, those who encourage us and continue to send help and financial support our way. To all of you, we can never give enough thanks.

For those of us on the campus of Union University, the past week has already felt like an entire year, we know that a long journey still stretches out before us. But we take heart in our great God, about whom Moses sang:

Who is like unto thee, O LORD?
Who is like unto thee—majestic in holiness,
Awesome in glory, working wonders?
Who is like unto Thee?

Faithfully,

-- David S. Dockery, president, Union University


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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