A Message to the Messiah College Community Following Hurricane Sandy from President Kim Phipps
As president, I want to express my profound gratitude and appreciation for the way that the Messiah College community has responded to Hurricane Sandy and all of its related challenges—not only during the storm, but in the proactive planning and response to this historic weather event. A hallmark of the Messiah community has always been the way that we work together and care for one another in difficult times—and that has certainly been exhibited in the events of the past several days.
Messiah’s Crisis Management Team, led by Vice President for Operations Kathie Shafer, has prepared and responded admirably to the challenges of Hurricane Sandy, keeping our campus community secure and well-informed. This team represents an effective partnership between numerous campus departments, and they met frequently in the days leading up to, during and following the storm to plan and make the necessary (and often difficult) decisions to keep our campus safe.
Students cooperated with the safety instructions from their residence staff and other College personnel and responded with patience and good-spirit to the hurricane-related schedule changes and inconveniences. (I’ve enjoyed hearing the stories and seeing the photos of the creative ways that students and residence life employees found to pass the time!)
Essential employees in Campus Events, Dining Services, Facility Services, Safety, and Residence Life exhibited selfless dedication in the way they cared for the needs of our students and physical campus environment. The majority of these individuals were on campus around-the-clock for several days, spending time away from their own families in the height of the storm to protect the wellbeing of our students.
Alumni, parents and community friends prayed for the safety and protection of our students, employees and campus—and we deeply appreciate their prayer support.
As a community, may we continue to pray for those individuals, families and neighborhoods who are dealing with the overwhelming loss and destruction from this devastating storm.
Kim S. Phipps