Campus Colleagues and Students,

Our hearts go out to our Nepali students and faculty members, and their friends and loved ones, who have all been affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.  As of today, more than 3,000 have been confirmed dead and thousands more are critically injured or missing.

Understandably, our Nepali students are devastated by this news and frantic with concern for their families and their country.  I urge our campus community to show support for affected students during this difficult time.  In particular, I urge our faculty to be as flexible as possible with due dates and course requirements for Nepali students during the final few weeks of the semester.

Professional staff from the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center will be available to provide students with support and grief counseling services at the CMU Room 216 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm today.  Members of the campus community are welcome to drop by the CMU during this time to show support.

Individual counseling appointments are also available to students at no charge at the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center.  To schedule an appointment, please call 218-477-2211 or visit the website to obtain more information: http://www.mnstate.edu/hendrix.

If you have questions about support and counseling resources, please contact Rita Lall, Psychologist, at the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center (218-477-2211 or rita.lall@mnstate.edu).

For those members of our campus community who wish to contribute to relief efforts, please consider donating to the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Fund.  On campus, the MSUM Nepali Student Association will coordinate fundraising initiatives.  Please contact Steve Fox, Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations (fox@mnstae.edu or 477-218-2120) for more information about campus-based fundraising efforts.

Please watch Dragon Digest for updates as additional information is available.