Thursday, September 01, 2005

News Article About Schools

Below are articles about schools that will accept or host Tulane students until the damage is clear:

Please don't make any final arrangements until we hear Dr. Cowen's "master plan." I feel like we really need to consider whatever he offers (see the next post).

(picture of Tulane students enrolling in Kansas)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

All students whose academic studies are on hold following the Hurricane Katrina disaster are invited to spend the semester or academic year in Israel NOW.

The Jewish Agency and MASA- the Gateway to Israel Programs partnership between the Jewish Agency and the Government of Israel- have created a special coalition of Israeli Universities and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, to enable these students to immediately continue their studies.

Five major Israeli universities have accelerated and simplified their acceptance procedures for all students in need. All Jewish students accepted into these Overseas Studies Programs are eligible for MASA scholarships. MASA is working on arranging a special grant to cover plane fare to Israel and partial tuition costs. A special immediate Hebrew Ulpan at the universities will be created, with the help of MASA. We expect credits to be transferable.

Please distribute this information to your constituents and out to the community to assist these students in their time of need.

All interested students should contact Rachel Brown, Israel Programs Coordinator at 212-339-6903 or e-mail at: and/or

*Just as a note, since it wasn't publicized: over the summer Tulane changed their policy to now allowing credit from Israel (along with signing a waiver for that's not accessible because the Center for International Studies site is down with the rest of Tulane's site)

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helicopter This is all very nice. I would love if everyone in the city got out now, and could start life again. That said, somebody has to MAKE A DECISION. I have schools who will bend over backwards for me and allow me to take classes so I can graduate in May. I can't do anything because I don‘t want to take these schools offer and then turn around an d screw them.. Will someone get these fat, old, rich, bastards to stop helicoptering around and decide how much this hurricane is going to ruin my life. I don't mean to be selfish, but its been a week guys. Just cancel school or tell us not to take outside classes. Or do something a little less vague and say that you will accept returning students from other universities. My god you're supposed to be the leaders of my school and you can't even decided if your going to open up or not.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the first sentence editing error. Don’t take this as a chance to get off the hook Cowen, do something and earn that 400K a year.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it has been a week. Only one week, well really only four days since the hurricane, the hurricane that has caused the biggest national tragedy since 9/11, the "hurricane of the century," hit the city of New Orleans and Gulf Coast from Waveland to Biloxi. It's devastated the city of New Orleans, the fourth largest port city in the world, not to mention a very large chunk of the Gulf Coast. And some of those "fat, old, rich bastards" weathered the hurricane and the flooding in the New Orleans itself. Where the hell where you? Your nice, dry house? And, yeah, you are being selfish. Half a million people have been displaced from New Orleans alone. That's not talking about St. Bernard parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Tammany, Jefferson, LaFourche, or the other parishes and currently non-existant cities along the Gulf Coast. And you're worried about graduating in May. Some of these people have to worry about whether or not they'll have homes by May. You honestly and sincerely make me sick.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Tulaneparent said...

Does anyone know for sure if all students are accounted for? I fear some may have evacuated to the hotels (vertical evacuation) and might still be stuck in hotels. I listened to an interview of someone still stuck in a hotel in the french quarter. The National Guard commandeered the Greyhound buses that were hired by their hotel to move their customers out, and the person wasn't sure how they'd evacuate now. The SuperDome evac plan hardly seemed like an option.

I presume parents would notify someone if their child was unaccounted for, but since all the lines etc. are down, I'm not sure who they'd call. Is there any chance that some out there are missing? I noticed a fairly long list of professors/staff that people are "seeking" info on. There is a link to that list on the other (Newcomb) student blog page. Would it make sense to provide some means of checking in for students?

I also wondered if the school could use a donated server for email etc., it might help facilitate identifying anyone who is missing if they could get their email servers up. I'm sure Scott Cowen is working with the academic community for those needs, but I'm sure "Corporate" America would likely pitch in with some help as well.

Hmm.. I was going to post this as anonymous, but someone else had taken that name. :)

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm one of those girls in that picture, unfortunetly...we were unaware of where the photogapher was actually from, we had assumed KU, apparently not. Anyways, I know that we were all enrolling at KU as a back up. While now it looks certain I'll be there this semester, we are all waiting to hear about second semester and were agreeing in there that we were leaving KU and going back to tulane the second we could.

I am anxiously waiting to hear what dr. cowen has to say, and hope only for the best. Yet, I also don't have the time to be sitting around for another week to find out its closed for the semester and KU won't accept us anymore.

don't mess with your future, if dr.cowen was talking to other schools about accomidating tulane students, i'm pretty sure we all know whats going to be said at 6pm...

3:27 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response
September 2, 2005

To: The Rensselaer Community

From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President
The devastation in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama reminds us, again, that Rensselaer is a global community. Many of our students, scholars, faculty, alumni, and their families are from regions affected by Hurricane Katrina, where there has been unspeakable tragedy. Even as I write, many of those affected face uncertainty about where they will live, work, and continue their education.

Thus, we are establishing a Gulf Coast Visiting Scholars program which will accept up to 100 students who had enrolled at Tulane University or Xavier University of Louisiana, both located in New Orleans. Tuition, fees, room, and board will be waived for these Visiting Scholars for the Fall 2005 semester. We, also, have offered to accommodate a faculty member or student life professional from these universities to assist us and their students in creating the conditions necessary for success.

This program will also be available to capital region students who had enrolled in any college or university in the Gulf Coast areas affected by the hurricane. Tuition and fees will be waived for these students for the Fall 2005 semester.

Gulf Coast Visiting Scholars must be in good standing in their universities, and Rensselaer must be an appropriate choice for them. Our goal for these students is academic and personal success, as they plan for their return to their home institutions.

We have established a national number for inquiries and information about the Gulf Coast Visiting Scholars program at 1-866-436-6210.

As a matter of community and global responsibility, Rensselaer has made a financial contribution in the amount of $25,000 to the hurricane relief effort of the American Red Cross. We will also make gifts of $5,000 each in the name of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to The Salvation Army and America’s Second Harvest. These organizations have direct and successful experience in this kind of effort.

Many more agencies are doing heroic work, as well. The Rensselaer Web site (below) provides additional information.

I encourage you to contribute to a relief agency of your choice. If you would like to add your contribution to Rensselaer’s, I invite you to write a check to one of the three agencies listed above, and to send or deliver your check by September 30, 2005 to Ms. Christina Kinner, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Finance, Troy Building, Fifth floor. Please note “Katrina Hurricane Relief” on the memo line, and write the check to the agency and not to Rensselaer.

Other efforts are in planning. Updates will be available at

Higher education is a shared ideal, a network of colleges and universities working with students, their families, and their mentors to provide educational opportunity. As part of this network, Rensselaer acknowledges a fundamental obligation to assist its sister institutions and their students in the regions devastated by Katrina.

As part of our historic mission to “apply science to the common purposes of life,” Rensselaer has risen to occasions such as those which our nation, especially, the Gulf Coast, now faces. Thank you for all of your efforts, now and to come, as we work together to address this terrible tragedy.

There are good people everywhere who respond to human tragedy with thousands of unheralded acts of human kindness. We want to be among them.


Selected Hurricane Katrina Relief Organizations:

The Salvation Army

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The Salvation Army continued providing services to storm victims and first responders in Hattiesburg, MS, Mobile, AL and New Orleans, LA. 250 storm refugees continue to receive safe shelter and food at The Salvation Army’s Corp Community Center in New Orleans and Mobile. Canteens are serving hot meals to storm victims and first responders in Hattiesburg, MS and Mobile, AL. Additional canteens are staged in Baton Rouge, LA, and Mobile, AL to be deployed to affected areas along the Gulf Coast once emergency response authorities determine that it is safe to enter these areas.

"As people begin to leave shelters, we are focused on meeting their immediate need for safe drinking water and food," said Major Dalton Cunningham, Salvation Army Commander for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. "We began serving nearly 100,000 hot meals today, and as soon as the flood waters recede, we'll move into more effected area to address the staggering need."

The Salvation Army is prepared to serve up to 500,000 hot meals per day to residents and first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. More than 250 volunteers, employees and officers will serve the meals from approximately 100 mobile canteens that are able to provide up to 5,000 hot meals per day. In addition, the Army has staged two, 54-foot mobile Base Camp kitchens that can provide 20,000 hot meals per day; one is in Baton Rouge; the other in Mobile, and will be moved once emergency response authorities determine a safe location for them.

As well as mass feeding, The Salvation Army is also prepared to offer emotional and pastoral support to storm weary victims of Hurricane Katrina’s wrath. Salvation Army officers (ministers) are prepared to provide encouragement and a compassionate listening ear to residents of areas left to recover from Katrina’s wrath.

The Salvation Army asks people who want help those affected by Hurricane Katrina to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit any Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. For example, a $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide 2 cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is deeply grateful for the generosity of contributors like Wal-Mart, which yesterday donated $1 million to help its neighbors in the wake of Katrina.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

6:29 PM  
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