UC Responds to Hurricane Katrina
Office of the President
TO: Utica College Community
FROM: Todd Hutton
SUBJECT: UC Responds to Victims of Hurricane Katrina
DATE: September 2, 2005
Many of you have been following the local and national news regarding the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Since the disaster struck, our first priority has been the welfare of Utica College students whose families are from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. A team of UC employees has been mobilized to provide assistance to these and other college students affected by the storm, and we wanted to share with the campus community ways that you can help.
We have identified and now have been in touch with five students who have in some way been touched by Katrina; two students taking classes on campus and three distance learning students. Thankfully there was no loss of life or serious injuries involving our students or their families, and in most cases, property damage was minimal. However, one student’s family has lost everything.
We are in the process of assessing how we can assist this student, but in the meantime, the College has established an emergency student relief fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make your check payable to Utica College with a notation in the check's memo section stating "emergency student relief fund." Checks can be mailed to: Utica College Emergency Relief Fund, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502.
Additional Opportunities to Help
Saturday, September 3- Fifty percent of the net proceeds from this Saturday's football game will be donated to the emergency relief fund. A moment of silent reflection will also be observed at the game in remembrance of victims and in honor of emergency services workers and volunteers involved in rescue and relief efforts.
Wednesday, September 21- there will be a Blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Strebel Student Center Lounge; sponsored by the Student Senate.
The Student Senate is sponsoring "Skip-a-Meal" programto benefit American Red Cross Relief efforts – in the Campus Dining Commons.
American Red Crossdonation collection canisters have been placed across campus.
Our National Response
As you can imagine, communication with the region affected by the hurricane is difficult at best. Nearly 134,000 students attended colleges and universities in the hurricane’s path. Some of these schools may not open for weeks or months, if at all this school year. Utica College is one of a number of local colleges that have extended offers to students whose studies have been disrupted. The following message has been posted on several Web sites that have been created to serve as clearinghouses for students displaced by the storm:
Utica College in Utica, New York is reaching out to college students whose institutions have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Through Thursday, September 8, the College will accept up to 10 students for the Fall 2005 semester and will waive for the fall semester, tuition, room and board, and other fees and costs, including textbooks. Students will be admitted automatically, providing they had already been accepted at an accredited college or university affected by the storm. Interested students should call the Utica College Office of Admissions at 1-800-782-8884. Information about UC’s academic programs can be found at www.utica.edu.
I will make every effort to keep you updated on campus activities regarding Katrina as they unfold. Questions should be directed to Jim Brown, assistant vice president for marketing and Communications at (315) 792-3246 or (315) 725-9274 (cell phone).
In the face of this unfathomable tragedy, the Utica College community has risen to support those most severely affected by this storm. In the coming days and weeks we will continue to reach out to our students, both on campus and through our many distance learning programs, as well as our alumni who may have been affected by Katrina. Both Jennifer and I extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the victims of this tragedy.
Todd S. Hutton