My heart goes out to the millions who are still without power in the Northeast and the many communities from New England to North Carolina struggling to dig out from the debris and damage following landfall this week of Storm Sandy. We know from the news that this storm is one of the region’s most devastating ever.
As I watch and read the accounts, I cannot help to remember Katrina and its horrifying impact. There is no part of the country that is not affected when nature acts so destructively. We all know someone directly touched by Sandy’s fury, even here in Los Angeles, be it family members, friends, colleagues or classmates.
When such disasters strike it is comforting to know that there are so many willing to help those who have been affected. I encourage you to use your alumni and professional network. Do not hesitate to reach out to classmates, professors and the University if we can be of assistance.
You have numerous connections through the Graziadio School that may be in the area or that know someone who is. Your network can be a resource for information and for ensuring those in harm’s way are safe and secure. I am also encouraging all in our community to give in this time of need to one of the many worthy organizations that are meeting the needs of the storm victims. The people displaced by this storm will need food, clothing, medical supplies and any number of things in the coming weeks.
If the University can be of assistance and you wonder where to start, contact the Graziadio School Office of Alumni Relations at GSBMalumni@pepperdine.edu, or 310-568-5532.
Please join me in keeping in your prayers and hearts the millions in the Northeast enduring this storm’s aftermath. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Holiday season approaching, they will particularly need our common humanity during this season.
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management
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