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Our hearts go out to the Hightower family

Our hearts, prayers and sincere sympathy are extended to the Hightower family.  As many of you know by now, Molly Hightower was found in Haiti early this morning.  Unfortunately, she did not survive the collapse of the building where she was quietly sleeping.  As fate would have it, her sister, Jordan, was in my higher education class last semester.  I have come to know Jordan quite well, and the passing of Molly has special meaning to me.  It is just another illustration of the humanitarian efforts of the Hightower family – Molly was continuing a tradition of service started by her parents, her uncle, and others.  Last night, some 50 students and community members gathered at Sacred Heart Church on College Hill to hold a candlelight vigil for Molly.  It is important to realize Molly attended the University of Portland – not WSU – and yet her loss is felt so painfully in our community.  Molly’s impact, and the lessons she chronicled on her blog while helping the less fortunate in Haiti, were truly realized on a national scale.  We have but to thank Molly for the inspiration from her truly selfless contributions, though it comes from the most tragic of circumstances.

I encourage those interested in helping those in Haiti to make a contribution to the Cougar Haitian Relief Fund.  Some of our students have been collecting donations and planning fundraising efforts inside the CUB to contribute to fund.  This morning alone, they raised $400 for the fund at their booth in the CUB.  If you would like to contribute, you may send donations to the WSU Foundation.  The address is:

WSU Foundation
Town Centre Building, 3rd Floor
255 E. Main Street, Suite 301
PO Box 641925
Pullman, WA 99164-1925

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