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A Message From President Dennis J. Murray on Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Dear Members of the Marist Community:

One week after Hurricane Sandy devastated our region, many Marist students, families, and alumni are still grappling with the aftereffects. In the worst-hit areas, some members of the Marist family have lost everything, while others are still dealing with a lack of electricity, cold temperatures, and gasoline shortages.

In the Marist tradition of service, the College is doing everything we can to support relief efforts. Tomorrow, at 12 noon, we will hold our annual Hunger Walk/Run in front of the Chapel, and all proceeds will go to benefit hurricane victims. Going forward, the Marist chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be actively involved in helping devastated communities rebuild, and the College will continue to support relief to all affected areas.

Many people have asked how they can support efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, whether through monetary contributions or volunteer work. The overwhelming recommendation of those leading storm relief efforts is for people to make a donation to one or more of the trusted organizations helping victims in all of the affected areas. Among the many organizations working to feed, house, and clothe those who have been severely impacted by the storm are:

-- American Red Cross:
-- Salvation Army:
-- United Way:

For those Marist students whose homes and families were severely affected by the storm, I strongly encourage you to let Academic Advising and/or Student Affairs know, so they may provide you with the appropriate academic and social support. If you are experiencing difficulties of any kind, there are offices here on campus that are ready and willing to help you.

We often think of Marist as a family, and in times of crisis we always come together. The thoughts and prayers of our college community continue to be with those who are suffering through this very difficult time.


Dennis J. Murray



Marist College Office of Media Relations, (845) 575-3174.