Mount Holyoke Responds to Katrina
College is taking a number of steps to assess the well-being
of students and alumnae and to coordinate relief efforts
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including contacting affected
students and alumnae and offering visiting-student status to
displaced students. Seven displaced
students—four from Tulane, two from Loyola, and one from
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary—have been admitted
to Mount Holyoke for this semester.
All Students Safe
According to Dean of the College Lee Bowie, 12 MHC students
come from stricken areas; of those, seven are from areas hardest
hit. Bowie's office has contacted all of these students or their
families to find out how they are and express the College's concern
and support. All have been reached so far. All are doing as well
as might be expected under these difficult circumstances, Bowie
said. Ten of the 12 will be on campus for fall classes; two
are studying abroad.
At the same
time, according to Executive Director Rochelle Calhoun, the Alumnae
Association is checking on alumnae
in the areas hit
hardest by the storm. She reports that 143 alumnae live in
the three states most affected by the hurricane.
also be supporting students, who will most likely be working
in coordination with CAUSE (Creating Awareness and
Unity for Social
Equality), and other members of this community, to organize
relief efforts—both fundraising and possibly a Service and Leadership
Odyssey to help with reconstruction," Bowie said, September
1. "In addition, we'll be working with the Office of
Religious and Spiritual Life to organize some sort of event.
We are also
assessing other support services for students who have family
and friends in the affected areas. Many will want to help,
and to know
what we are doing, so we will need to coordinate the concern
and the efforts."
CAUSE's coordination of relief efforts, counseling services,
and other activities
Spots to Displaced Students
Mount Holyoke will offer visiting-student status to academically
qualified undergraduates whose college or university
enrollment has been negatively affected by Hurricane Katrina,
to Jane B. Brown, vice president for enrollment and college
Mount Holyoke will waive tuition for students who have
already paid for the fall semester at hurricane-stricken institutions
and will help make sure that these students remain eligible for
federal financial aid. At the same time, the College is exploring
the possibility of offering a limited number of displaced students
residential status, despite being at near full capacity on campus.
For more information about enrollment at Mount Holyoke, please
contact the registrar’s office at 413-538-2025.
MHC's counseling service at the Patty Groves Health Center
will offer two drop-in support groups for students
affected by the hurricane,
Thursday, September 8, 2:30–4 pm
Friday, September 9, 2–3:30 pm
For more counseling information, call x2037.
of Religious and Spiritual Life is setting up the Abbey Interfaith
(AIS) for Reflections
according to Rabbi Lisa Freitag-Keshet, chaplain
to the College and adviser to the Jewish community. There
be a table
with an MHC scrapbook in which community members
can express their thoughts
and prayers. The book will then be sent to one of
the local universities in the affected areas.
How You Can
CAUSE is moving quickly to coordinate a relief effort
to assist the victims of the hurricane devastation
The CAUSE student board researched options and
decided to channel their
relief efforts through the American Red Cross.
Everyone who can possibly help financially is encouraged
to write a check
American Red Cross (not Mount Holyoke College),
a copy of your check for tax purposes, and send
it to CAUSE,
Campus Center, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley,
MA 01075. CAUSE will then forward the proceeds.
Odyssey Bookshop is also exploring ways to assist students
affected by Katrina with the College.
Anyone with information about possible housing for displaced
or Mount Holyoke families displaced by the storm, or about the status of students
in affected areas, is urged to contact Nancy Larson, assistant to the dean of
the College, at 413-538-2481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
information about the College community's response will be posted
on the News
and Events Web page
as it becomes available.
Please send updates to Sarah Barrett in the
Office of Communications at email@example.com.
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