November 12, 2012
Dear Colleagues and Students,
Two weeks after landfall of Hurricane Sandy, Union County College and everyone in the State of New Jersey and
our region are focused on recovery and rebuilding. Most of us suffered from the inconvenience of a lengthy power
failure while others experienced catastrophic losses. We are mindful of the current and future challenges that
some of our employees and students are encountering. The College's Human Resources staff, our Counseling staff,
and Social Workers from the Union County Department of Human Services are available to assist as needed.
Through the extraordinary work of our faculty and staff, Union County College was able to rapidly and successfully
activate our Disaster Recovery Plan. This enabled us to preserve the integrity of the semester and ensure
continuity of services to our wonderful students.
Since my appointment as your President in 2010, my mantra has been "Caring, Courage, Community." Those three
words were put into action when our employees quickly mobilized to participate in our recovery. To recognize
and honor some of the people who went above and beyond the call of duty during this crisis, our website will
begin featuring “Hurricane Heroes.” While we may not be able to recognize everyone in every department, each
individual will represent the remarkable people who stepped up during this crisis, demonstrated leadership, and
showed the world why Union County College is New Jersey's Flagship community college.
Thank you for answering the call to serve.
Thank you for your resilience and leadership.
Thank you for your dedication to the noble mission of Union County College.
Together we are changing our community, one student at a time.
Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin