The entire Colorado State community is sending our hopes and prayers this week to the people and communities struggling with devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts go out to those in the Caribbean, United States, and Canada who are struggling, particularly the many members of our Ram Family who have suffered losses in the storm.

We recognize that many of those directly affected won’t receive this message because of ongoing power outages and limited access to the internet. We also know that many people are only now coming to understand the magnitude of the damage they’re facing. And so I ask that the rest of us rally as a community to do what we can to support them in this time of unimaginable need. Please consider making a contribution to the American Red Cross at If you would like to post a note of support to your fellow Rams who are impacted during this difficult time, I encourage you to do so through our Colorado State University Facebook page.

Great challenges and adversity always bring out the best in CSU Rams. Let’s demonstrate that spirit once again in doing all we can to offer our support and assistance to our friends and colleagues as they begin to recover and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.

With warmest wishes,

Dr. Tony Frank

Red Cross and homeowner standing in front of damaged home after Hurricane Sandy