As we end our first week back in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, I wanted to write the university community expressing my appreciation for the efforts of faculty, staff and students alike in responding first to closing the campus and, later in preparing for its reopening. The cooperation of everyone affected made advance preparations as well as clean-up and repair efforts move more smoothly.
It is always risky to single out individuals for special recognition as someone is inevitably missed. So, avoiding that approach, there is one group, the staff of the facilities area, the grounds, custodial and maintenance trades personnel, that is deserving of particular recognition.
Before attending to their own homes, these staff members closed the campus in preparation for Isaac’s arrival. After the storm last Thursday, ten members of the grounds staff supported by colleagues from the maintenance and custodial areas began cleaning the campus. These individuals worked all afternoon often in heavy rain and then returned all day Friday and through noon on Saturday.
Together, they accomplished a major amount of clean-up work, damage assessment and even initial repairs. On behalf of the entire campus community, and the students in particular, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the selfless efforts of these staff colleagues.
As I express appreciation to the facilities personnel, I know that staff from maintenance trades, information technology, residence life, safety and other areas of the campus was hard at work assessing and repairing storm damage.
To everyone involved goes my appreciation for the hard work and commitment to Nicholls State University and the students we all serve. Thank you!