from Dr. Byington
August 2017: Hurricane Harvey Update
To the HSC community,
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our hearts are heavy with the devastation along the Texas coast, Houston and all of southeast Texas. Today I write to you to assure every student, faculty and staff member that we are actively working with our colleagues at the university and System to closely monitor the situation and establish a recovery and relief plan for those impacted.
We are receiving reports out of Houston and across the coast of on-going support efforts. I am so proud of those in the midst of the storm who have volunteered their time to help their communities. I am also thankful for the first responders and the people in these communities working tirelessly to support those in need. They deserve recognition for the work that they have done—and continue to do—for our communities.
Our thoughts are with the Aggie family, and our campuses affected in Corpus Christi, Houston, Kingsville and McAllen. Here in Bryan-College Station, we are grateful to be through the worst of it and will resume classes tomorrow, August 30, at normal hours. Additional campus operational updates are as follows:
- Corpus Christi — All locations will open August 30, at 8:00 a.m.
- Houston — The Alkek building will be open August 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for essential personnel only
- Kingsville — Normal campus operations began August 29, classes will resume August 30, at normal hours
- McAllen — Normal campus operations began August 28
It is important to note that an employee who is delayed or unable to report back to work after their campus opens due to impassable roads or other conditions are entitled to emergency leave of absence under conditions described in the TAMU emergency leave policy.
While words cannot mitigate the impact felt along the path of Harvey, we can join together in small ways to help our communities and each other. We encourage our Aggie family to stay safe and join together for those impacted by the storm. At the same time, we offer our full support and hope that the coming days bring healing across our great state.
There are many locations throughout the state that will accept your non-perishable and personal care items. In Bryan-College Station, several student groups on campus have joined together to host food and supply drives with drop-off locations across campus, as well as a blood drive early next week.
We are Aggies, and as such, find solace in our core values for which we stand. Today, I call upon every student, faculty and staff member to report on efforts in your area and ask that you reach out to us if you are need of assistance.
As remnants of Harvey continue to linger, please continue to monitor the weather on local media channels and for the most up-to-date information on Health Science Center campus closures, please visit www.tamhsc.edu. We will continue to monitor the situation, share updates on our campuses and provide additional recovery and relief details as they arise, in addition to on-going communications regarding resources available.
Carrie L. Byington, MD