All U-M students found; more events planned
More than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall with the Gulf Coast and city of New Orleans, University officials have made contact with all 86 of its undergraduate and graduate students from the region.
Six of those students who have returned, or plan to return, to Ann Arbor will do so with family members. In addition, the University has 50 undergraduate students and 61 graduate and professional students from other universities who were displaced by the hurricane.
For students who have come to Ann Arbor with family members who cannot return to the Gulf Coast region, the Ginsberg Center for Community Service & Learning is working to set up a "Sponsor a U-M Family" program to fulfill short-term needs, such as providing gift cards for groceries, clothes and household items.
People in need or those interested in helping should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (734) 763-9595 or email@example.com.
Meanwhile, the University community continues to respond to Katrina.
The American Red Cross recently issued a call for 40,000 new volunteers to help feed, clothe and house hurricane victims and assist in cleaning up the devastation the natural disaster caused to the Gulf Coast states and in New Orleans.
Faculty and staff interested in volunteering for the relief effort should follow University procedures for planned volunteer work by discussing details with their direct supervisors.
They should consider the amount of earned vacation or paid time off that will be available at the time of the volunteer work, or discuss the possibility of unpaid leave with their supervisors.
Recent fundraising events have collected more than $80,000 for relief efforts. U-M student-athletes and Michigan Student Assembly volunteers collected $15,795 in donations for the Red Cross before the Sept. 10 football game versus Notre Dame. A week earlier, prior to the Wolverines' home opener, a combination of donations and $2 from every game program sold that day netted more than $50,000.
"We know we are very fortunate and this is the least we can do during this time of need," says Amy Schmucker, a senior on the women's golf team who helped collect donations.
On Sept. 11, a free concert co-presented by the School of Music and the University Musical Society at the Power Center for the Performing Arts raised $15,058 to benefit survivors of Katrina. Fifty-two performers, including faculty and students from the music school, participated in the two-hour concert. They performed New Orleans Jazz, poetry readings, tap dance, Bach, and compositions by Biloxi-native Logan Skelton.
Proceeds will benefit the hurricane recovery effort through the Red Cross, Second Harvest and the National Humane Society.
A two-day donation drive sponsored by U-M-Flint students raised $17,589 for the Red Cross.
Several University units continue to schedule educational and outreach events around Katrina. On Sept. 16, the School of Public Health (SPH) hosted the panel discussion, "Hurricane Katrina and Its Public Health Aftermath."
On Sept. 29, the Institute for the Humanities will welcome Tulane University history professor Lawrence N. Powell for a lecture at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of Hutchins Hall. Powell, who will discuss, "New Orleans: An American Pompeii?," will be joined by Rebecca Scott, the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and professor of law; and Michele Mitchell, associate professor of history and of Afroamerican and African Studies.
For an updated list of University resources and activities, visit: http://www.umich.edu/katrina.html.