Dear Siena Community,
In response to the spread of COVID-19, and the recent "shelter in place" issued by Governor Whitmer, we have closed our campus, including our residence halls. Only students who are unable to return home (international, homeless, etc.) and essential staff now occupy campus.
However, as you may know, we are teaching our students remotely. It's a very uncertain time, but as a Siena community, we will get through this together.
With these challenges in place, our students have new and unanticipated needs for food, toiletries, rent/housing, medical bills, and laptop/technology support as they complete their coursework remotely.
Today, more than 60 percent of our Adrian campus students are the first in their family to attend college. They were not secure with many of the items listed above when they arrived to study at Siena, and the COVID-19 situation has only increased their needs. The crisis has also created needs for students at our Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Dearborn, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, and Southfield locations as well as Online.
We are all under constraints right now with our jobs, family challenges, and the uncertainty of the economy. Today, on St. Catherine's birthday, was supposed to be our Day of Giving event. However, I write today to ask you to please consider supporting our students with a meaningful gift to the Saints Strong Fund. This fund is being started to help students lacking the items listed above so they can continue their studies at Siena Heights.
All gifts, whether $5, $10, or more, are important and meaningful for our students. In addition, please consider making a 20-30 second video with your smart phone highlighting your gift to the Saints Strong Fund and share it on the Siena Heights University Alumni Facebook page. And include #SaintsStrong.
Community is what Siena Heights has always embodied. Let's use this challenge as an opportunity to demonstrate to our students, alumni, and friends how the Siena family cares for one another.
Please be safe, and God Bless you!
Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD
Siena Heights University