Sending some relief: University-wide efforts offer help to Katrina’s survivors on Gulf CoastBy Josh Schonwald
Like so many others across the nation, members of the University community have been deeply saddened by the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, University staff attempted to reach all University students living in the Gulf Coast region. In a message from President Randel sent to the University community Friday, Sept. 9, he noted that all Chicago students are believed to be accounted for, and he added, “We will give them every possible support as they return to campus.”
The University also has created an online bulletin board to contact its hundreds of alumni in the affected region. In addition, Argonne National Laboratory, which is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy, is playing a key role in the federal government’s emergency response efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
A team of Argonne scientists is working with the Department of Homeland Security to identify vulnerabilities and evaluate the hurricane’s damage to infrastructure and key resources. Researchers in Argonne’s Infrastructure Assurance Center, which is part of the Department of Energy’s virtual team, also are in the process of evaluating damage to the numerous oil and natural gas infrastructures in the affected areas. For more details about Argonne’s efforts, please visit: http://www.anl.gov.
Many members of the University community have been actively engaged in efforts to aid and comfort those who have been affected. Due to the wide range of activities undertaken by faculty, staff and students, from organizing fund-raising drives for relief agencies, to collecting clothes for infants and providing medical care to displaced residents, the University has created a Web site with regularly updated information about news, activities and services related to the Gulf Coast hurricane at: http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/05/katrina/.
While many are contributing to the relief efforts by donating social services, time and food and other basic items, others are continuing to make cash donations. The University and its Hospitals will match all student, staff and faculty contributions to the relief funds of the American Red Cross and the United Way, up to $250,000. There are three ways to ensure a matching gift will be made.
If you have any questions about the matching gift program, please contact Nancy Gormley via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As one of a large number of institutions across the nation working to assist students who have been displaced from schools affected by the hurricane, the University will be welcoming a large number of temporary students to both the College and the graduate and professional schools. “I greatly appreciate the support and the generosity of all members of our community at this time,” wrote Randel. “Given the unprecedented scope of this tragedy, I know there will be an ongoing need for support, and I sincerely appreciate your continuing compassion.”