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Media Memo: Hurricane Katrina

RELEASED: Sept. 2, 2005

UW-Eau Claire's campus community is offering its support to Hurricane Katrina victims in several ways.

Efforts to-date include:

  • Checks payable to the American Red Cross can be dropped off at the University Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center on lower campus. Service Center hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • The UW-Eau Claire HANDS (Help Against Natural Disasters) project will organize fundraising efforts and sell blue silicon wrist bands, proceeds from which will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief fund. Wrist bands, which will sell for $1, will be available at UW-Eau Claire residence halls and at booths in Davies Center as soon as shipments arrive. HANDS is sponsored by the Activities and Programs' Community Action and Lifelong Learning, Housing and Residence Life, and the local chapters of Mortar Board Senior Leadership Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • UW-Eau Claire is prepared to admit 15-20 students who may have been displaced because of the hurricane.
  • Two UW-Eau Claire students who had planned study at the University of New Orleans this fall as part of the National Student Exchange program will be back on the UW-Eau Claire campus, hopefully as early as Tuesday when fall semester classes begin. Mary Ryan-Miller, coordinator of the NSE program, is working with the students, faculty and administrators to get the students back into classes. Jules Miller is a sophomore communication major from Green Bay and Sydney Dun is a sophomore from Cadott.
  • Several UW-Eau Claire students have notified the university that they will be participating in relief efforts via the National Guard.

Students, faculty and staff are discussing additional ways to offer support and/or to raise money to help the victims of the hurricane. We will share that information with you as details are confirmed.

Contacts:
Mary Ryan-Miller is available to talk about the National Student Exchange students who were displaced, as well as how the university is accommodating students called to duty in the National Guard. You can reach her at (715) 836-2003 or ryanmk@uwec.edu.

Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, is available to discuss UW-Eau Claire's ability to enroll students displaced from universities in the areas damaged by the hurricane. You can reach him at his office (715) 836-4411 or his home at (715) 831-9038 or e-mail him at Markgraf@uwec.edu.

Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs, is available to talk about the HELP effort. You can reach her at (715) 836-4803 or stuettpj@uwec.edu.

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