DePauw and the Haitian Earthquake
January 15, 2010
January 15, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "As the world moves to a phase of helping Haiti rebuild, I will be working with various DePauw offices to see how our community may best assist in these efforts," noted DePauw President Brian W. Casey in a message to the University community today. "In the meantime, please help in any way you can now while we seek to aid Haiti," he added.
Dr. Casey notes that there were no DePauw students nor any faculty or staff members in Haiti when the earthquake struck Tuesday.
The complete message follows:
Dear Members of the DePauw Community,
The recent tragic events in Haiti are on all of our minds. I write first to let the community know that it appears that we had no students, faculty or staff members in Haiti at the time the earthquake devastated the nation. This of course provides some immediate comfort to our local community, though those members of our community who are Haitian or of Haitian descent are surely suffering greatly. This tragedy will touch upon hundreds of thousands of lives for years to come.
I have been in contact with other college campuses in the last day as well as with state officials. During these first few days of emergency response, officials are urging that those who wish to help do so, first, by offering financial donations to the American Red Cross. The federal government and other United States relief agencies are all coordinating efforts through the Red Cross and their greatest needs right now are, simply, financial. Please go to http://www.redcross.org/to donate if you can.
As the world moves to a phase of helping Haiti rebuild, I will be working with various DePauw offices to see how our community may best assist in these efforts. In the meantime, please help in any way you can now while we seek to aid Haiti. I know you join with me in keeping the people of Haiti in our thoughts and prayers.
Brian W. Casey