UNT President Neal Smatresk greets students
Welcome back: Greeting students in the University Union on Monday, Aug. 28
Straight from Smatresk

Dear Alum,

This week marks the start of our 2017-18 academic year, and while this is an exciting time for our community, we cannot help but think of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. My heart goes out to all of our students impacted, and I know that many of you may live or have family and friends in the affected areas and we are thinking of you, too.

We will support the impacted individuals in every way we can because our university is a community of great compassion. The close bond our community members share remains one of the things that always impresses me about UNT.

Already, I am proud to see our faculty and staff going out of their way to be flexible and compassionate to help students from areas in the storm's path who recently moved into our residence halls or were unable to get to classes this week because they were flooded in their homes. We also are responding to the higher education needs of students from other universities who may be displaced.

UNT is equipped and prepared to open an emergency shelter for evacuees, if and when we are asked. Many of our caring faculty and staff are looking for additional ways to help and we've posted this list of charities accepting donations to help survivors rebuild.

We will help our students and any students who join us from the impacted areas get through this fall as successfully as possible.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
President
@UNTPrez

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