I thank the many alumni and families who have inquired about Trinity and San Antonio in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Trinity campus and the San Antonio area have been spared the brunt of Hurricane Harvey as it came on shore this weekend
Our attention is turned to our students’ families, Trinity alumni, and residents along the Texas coastline and in the Houston area. Many of us have loved ones devastated by the flooding and life-threatening rain fall. Like many of you, I have made phone calls, sent text messages, and used other ways to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues to check on their welfare and ways that I can offer support.
More than 25 percent of Trinity’s student body have families in the Houston area and along Southeast coastline. About 15 percent of Trinity’s alumni now make their homes in the Houston- coastal area.
As soon as campus opened yesterday, Trinity students began organizing relief efforts. Trinity University Volunteer Action Community, the Student Government Association, and Greek organizations have mobilized activities this week, including community service at the San Antonio Food Bank, a food and household items drive, and Tiger Bucks donations for needed goods. One student from the coast will be traveling to transport needed items to the area this Labor Day weekend.
These actions remind me of the level of compassion our students have. They embody our values of impact and community through their actions. Visit the Trinity Emergency Website to learn about how the community is stepping forward and how you can help.
Trinity alumni in the Houston area are sharing their stories too. I encourage you to continue posting messages on the Alumni Facebook page. This platform can help make connections for alumni who want to assist and for alumni who need assistance.
I am proud of the Trinity community. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni spoke up instantly offering to contribute in different ways. We will know more about additional opportunities to provide support in the upcoming days, and we will work to coordinate Trinity efforts. This outreach exemplifies the Trinity journey we all share as we keep the entire Trinity family in our thoughts and prayers.
As Trinity's chief storyteller, I love to share news about the University. But I also love hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at TUPresident [at] trinity.edu.