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UTC community supports Katrina evacuees

Governor Bredesen
addresses local leaders

UTC students, faculty and staff are helping evacuees of Hurricane Katrina in a variety of ways.

The University provided the setting for a meeting with Governor Phil Bredesen and local government leaders and emergency management personnel on Wednesday, September 7. Bredesen told the group it was his understanding there would not be many more evacuees diverted to Tennessee and asked the group for ideas on how to improve the way the state is assisting local entities.

UTC welcomes displaced students

Last week, Governor Bredesen extended an invitation to higher education students at universities and colleges damaged by the hurricane to enroll at Tennessee’ campuses. As of Friday, about 20 students had enrolled at UTC from campuses such as Tulane, University of New Orleans, and Dillard. For information, contact the UTC Admissions Office or the Tennessee Government.

Faculty notes

Dr. Joe Dumas, a faculty member Computer Science, collected water, food and supplies on campus for hurricane victims in Mississippi. He and his wife delivered the supplies over the Labor Day weekend. Read his firsthand account of their trip.

Dr. Kristi A. Gibbs, Graduate Studies Division has volunteered to set up a mental health crisis response team in Opelousas, Louisiana where four shelters have been set up by local churches and sponsored by the Red Cross and where hundreds of families are taking refuge. Gibbs joins other east coast university colleagues whose goals include setting up triage for urgent needs, establish play therapy areas for children, assess needs, and train local counselors carry on the work.

UTC student groups offer support

UTC Student Government Association (SGA) will launch “Chattanooga helps Katrina” next week, Tuesday, September 13th-Thursday, September 15th. Events planned include:

Tuesday, September 13th
9:00 am Katrina Fundraiser Kick-off, on Vine Street at the University Center
SGA President Amy Prevost says, “Each campus organization can pick up their bucket to help raise money for Katrina survivors. This is a competition to see who can raise the most. Please be creative in your ways of fundraising, including collecting money from students, businesses, having fundraising events. The winning organization will get their group picture in the University Echo, a plaque, and a pizza party. All buckets must be turned in by Friday, September 16th at 10 am to Student Development. “

Wednesday, September 14th
New Orleans Style Lunch donated by Aramark
11a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Vine Street at the University Center
$3 donation for a meal and drink
Music will be provided by a local radio station

Thursday, September 15th
Closing the fundraising
NAACP Talent Show
7:30 pm in the UC Auditorium
Admission is money, clothing, or canned foods.

Delta Sigma Theta sorority has adopted a family hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. They are busy collecting money and taking care of the family's needs.

Campus organizations National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Conference are working together to collect money for the American Red Cross, designated for hurricane victims.

Student athletes collect money for relief fund.

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry is taking a 24-foot truck filled with non-perishable food items, diapers, toilet paper, toiletries, and clothing to help Hebron Baptist Church of Bush, Louisiana feed 100 hurricane evacuees three meals a day.

Thirty UTC student athletes took up a collection for hurricane victims that netted $2,049 at the UTC Mocs home opener on Saturday, September 3 at Finley Stadium. The money was taken to the American Red Cross.

September 13, 2005

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