SALISBURY, MD---As the nation reacts to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Salisbury University is offering students displaced by the storm a chance to continue their education on the Eastern Shore.
According to Jane Dan?, dean of enrollment management at SU, two students from Tulane University and one from the University of New Orleans have enrolled as visiting students in Salisbury. SU has received inquiries from students enrolled in other Gulf Coast campuses, as well.
At least one SU student has temporarily withdrawn from classes to serve in the National Guard which is being called to assist in the stricken areas. He will automatically be readmitted when he returns.
Brenda Windemuth, a family nurse practitioner and clinical faculty member in the Nursing Department, has been sent to New Orleans. The governor called her Wellmobile crew to go to Alabama or Mississippi to help out for two weeks.
“It is impossible to comprehend the enormity of the destruction and toll on human life and well-being caused by the recent hurricane along the Gulf Coast,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. “Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster.”
Students, faculty and staff are joining forces to collect funds and non-perishable food to support hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans and Mississippi. Among the efforts at SU:
Dr. Clara Small, who worked tirelessly for victims of Hurricane Floyd, has again stepped forward, volunteering to help coordinate campus efforts, with the Student Affairs Office, to raise money and non-perishable food items.
The Student Activities Office will hold its first hurricane relief fund drive at Saturday’s football season opener at Sea Gull Stadium, collecting non-perishables and monetary donations for the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. Student Activities will accept donations from 1-4 p.m.
Sea Gull volleyball and softball team members are creating “Flood Buckets”—health kits that include basic cleaning supplies—to be shared with those whose homes were spared by the hurricane but are in dire need of repair.
SU’s Saferide—the campus weekend safe-transportation service—is collecting hurricane relief donations from passengers riding its vans.
The student chapter of the NAACP, together with the Student Government Association and Alumni Office, holds a Homecoming pep rally for students and alumni on Monday, September 26, from 8-10:30 p.m. in Maggs Gym where they will collect non-perishable food items and toiletries for hurricane victims.
Students in the Geography and Geosciences Department are organizing efforts to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations in Henson Science Hall.
The University Counseling Services Office is available for emotional support and counseling to SU students from the Gulf Coast states affected by the hurricane.
Ellen Zinner, assistant to President, was interviewed by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys on Wednesday, August 30, on his Griefcast: Helping Grieving People, an internet pod broadcasting program (http://griefcast.blogspot.com). The program focused on community grief and referenced her 1999 edited book, When A Community Weeps: Case Studies in Group Survivorship.
SU also has established a special Web site, letting student, faculty and staff know how they may help. For more information, visit www.salisbury.edu/newsevents/pressrel/katrina/default.asp. "