Checking In

Everyone:

I apologize for my absence this week.  I fully intend to post every weekday throughout the academic year, but this week has been particularly challenging.  My mother passed away early Sunday morning in Arkansas.  I flew out that day.  We had visitation Monday, and I had the honor of speaking at her funeral on Tuesday.  I have been taking care of business matters today and will fly back to California tomorrow (Thursday).

I cannot even count how many wonderful messages of support I have received in my absence — including many sweet notes from our new students.  In addition, my colleagues have jumped in and covered for me this week.  All of these experiences simply remind me that the Pepperdine Family really is a wonderful support system during the challenges we all face from time to time.

Yours,

Al

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17 thoughts on “Checking In

  1. Trish Jean says:

    So sorry to learn of your loss. We will be praying for you and your family.
    Trish Jean

  2. Carolyn and Dan Stromberg says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Christy says:

    Professor, you have our sincerest and heartfelt condolences. We will be praying for you and your family!

    Russell & Christy Ballinger

  4. Olga & Mark Dobrowolski says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Olga & Mark Dobrowolski

  5. Judy says:

    Wishing you and your family comfort and strength at this difficult time.

    Bill and Judy Cole

  6. Abby Corpodian says:

    Our family is so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    Abby Corpodian

  7. Susan Hollweg says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Your e-mails are very informative and appreciated, but we hope you’ll be able to take the time you need for your family.
    Take care,
    The Hollwegs

  8. Dina Schwalbach says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Dina & Jon Schwalbach

  9. Bob Walker says:

    Al,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. God bless you in your grief.
    Bob and Beth Walker

  10. Michele Bagneris says:

    Hello Al, Our family is praying for your strength and comfort and hope that you are able to laugh and smile some with fond memories of your mother. As others have said, we truly appreciate all you do for our students, but be sure to do what you need to for yourself and your family…and give big hugs! Take care and God bless you, The Bagneris Family

  11. Patti says:

    Al,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dave and Patti Stakes

  12. Roland says:

    I join with all the others in expressing sorrow for your loss.

  13. greg bartlett says:

    We will be praying for you and your family . Greg and Kathy Bartlett

  14. Vivian Cid says:

    Al,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for you and your family and will continue to ask our compassionate God for comfort and strength.
    Blessings,
    The Cids

  15. Al Sturgeon says:

    Thank you all for such sweet, sweet words. I returned to my office this morning and found several cards — two of which were filled with names and notes from first year students. It has been a difficult week, but I am glad to be supported by this wonderful community.

  16. Denzil and Aloma Ratnasoma says:

    Our deepest sympathies. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and may you have strength at this special time of need. The Ratnasoma Family

  17. Stephenie Bash says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. A mother is so special. Thank you for all your wonderful notes on your blog letting us know what the students are up to. Bayley is loving law school! We are excited for Family Day!
    Stephenie and Jeff Bash

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