JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 13, 2008– Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – markers of a grace-filled community. These virtues have been so obviously evident to those who have been observing the Union community over the past eight days. I have told several people that the nation, even the world, has observed what I have the privilege of watching everyday. The quality of Union students, staff and faculty is a joy to behold.
As we move into the second week after the tornado we will need to pray for God to manifest these virtues in our lives. Many faithful people across this campus have worked tirelessly to help move the recovery process forward. I want to ask everyone to please be patient with those who are tired. It is a time to be gentle with them.
We must pray that God will give us focus, fortitude and strength for the long journey ahead. In just a few days our students will return. Let us pray that the new beginning of this semester will be an outpouring of love for our students and a time of joyful thanksgiving together for God’s good and providential care for Union University.
Let us pray for parents and students as they prepare to return. Let us pray for one another during these crucial days. It is a time for all to be supportive of our common efforts in the long journey ahead of us. Let us pray for our trustees as they gather this Saturday to make important decisions regarding our future.
Major work will begin today on the demolition of the buildings that received the most extensive damage. The Walker Road entrance will need to be reserved for the large trucks going in and out of campus. The north entrance (Union University Drive entrance) will be the primary way to enter and exit the campus.
Also, JEA is working to restore heat to both the PAC and the BAC buildings, but we are told it may be Saturday before that happens. For any other maintenance needs that become apparent, please e-mail Mary Brown in Facilities. We appreciate your patience in these matters.
We have seen great progress in recent days. We now commit ourselves with renewed dedication to the new challenges and opportunities ahead.
May God be with us all.
-- David S. Dockery, president, Union University