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Messages to the Georgetown Community

Responding to Record Snowfall, February 2010

February 11, 2010

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

I know this has been a challenging week, full of inconveniences and cancellations that are far outside our realm of control—but we have rallied together to keep life in our community moving forward in the face of this truly extreme weather.  

It’s frustrating to have our spring semester interrupted, and I want you all to know that we are doing everything we can to get classes started again.  This will require some flexibility and patience from each of us as we develop creative solutions for this gap in our schedule and continue on with our academic work and other important projects.  

As I walked around campus this week, I was deeply grateful for the extraordinary measures being taken by many students, staff and faculty to keep our campuses safe and to keep key resources available.  I can only begin to express my appreciation to those who have made this possible: to the staff members of our libraries who ensured that students were able to continue with their research; to our DPS staff who continue to ensure our safety and security; to the members of our Jesuit Community, as well as our Chaplains in Residence and our Campus Ministry staff who offered support and  spiritual guidance; to the resident assistants and staff who helped make sure our campus residences are secure; to the Corp students who kept our campus coffee shops and grocery stores open; to the Yates staff who gave us a warm, dry place to exercise; to the students and coaches who have put up with travel delays in order to represent the University in athletic competitions; and to so many other members of our community.

Most especially, I would like to thank the members of our facilities, housekeeping and food service staffs, who have shown remarkable dedication in the face of serious inconvenience, discomfort and logistical challenges.  When much of the city was shut down day after day, our food service staff ensured that students could rely on our dining halls for a warm meal, and our facilities staff ensured that we were able to get around our campuses.  Many staff members have stayed on campus overnight and worked around the clock to make this possible, and we all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

As Provost Jim O’Donnell mentioned in his email, we will hold classes tomorrow and Monday, with liberal leave for those who cannot make it to campus for work or class.

I believe this semester will be a memorable one for the ways we worked together and found creative solutions in the face of this breathtaking snowfall.  I look forward to continuing this semester together.

You have my very best wishes.


John J. DeGioia


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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