Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Update from the president

We are grateful for God's grace to us over the past 35 days as we have moved from UU Emergency to UU Recovery to UU Rebuilding. While we have a long way to go, we certainly have much for which to be grateful.

The new residential life project is moving forward. The pads for six of the new facilities are ready to move ahead. We are pleased that Worsham Brothers out of Corinth, Miss., and Ken Brasfield from Jackson have agreed to serve the university on this important project. We are grateful to TLM for their expertise and for the valuable guidance of Gary Taylor, Bill Dement, Bob Campbell and Harry Smith. We will all pray for God's blessings on this important project.

The Trustee Board Executive Committee met this past Friday and continued to offer their full support for the challenges before us. We have had well over 2,300 donors respond to our recovery and rebuilding efforts. We thank God for every donor and every gift. Please join us in praying for God's provisions for our many challenges.

Barefoot's Joe is a marvelous addition to campus life. This new student lounge will provide a wonderful gathering place for students, staff and faculty alike. Congratulations to all who provided leadership for this project.

Congratulations to Mark Campbell and the Union Lady Bulldogs, who are now 32-0 following their TranSouth Conference Tournament championship on Monday night. We wish the best to the Lady Bulldogs as they head into the national tournament next week.

We celebrate markers of progress like the terrific scholars' weekend, the recent preview day for undergraduates and the preview day for the pharmacy school. These are all important indicators that we are moving forward together. Prospects for the fall semester are most hopeful.

We will have a campus-wide chapel service on Friday at 10 a.m. The Christian singing group "Shane and Shane" will present a benefit concert on campus on Friday night (March 14).

I can't say thank you enough to the dedicated efforts of the Union University faculty and staff over the past five weeks. Our students have been amazing. We celebrate God's good providence.

As we move forward into the spring semester we will seek to continue to serve our students with excellence and care. Particularly we will continue to pray for our injured students.

As we begin to turn our full attention to the Holy Days of the Easter season, we offer our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds, even thousands, of people who have offered prayers, encouragement, support and help in recent days


David S. Dockery
President, Union University