Faculty‚ staff and students helping victims of Hurricane Katrina

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Sept. 6) — In the wake of Hurricane Katrina‚ Kennesaw State has opened its doors to displaced students‚ while faculty‚ staff and students have volunteered time and resources to help those affected by the catastrophe.

Georgia (Sep 6, 2005) — Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations
770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Sept. 6) — In the wake of Hurricane Katrina‚ Kennesaw State has opened its doors to displaced students‚ while faculty‚ staff and students have volunteered time and resources to help those affected by the catastrophe.

Kennesaw State has enrolled 28 students and expects additional students to arrive today.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to accommodate the incoming students‚” Susan Blake‚ associate director of admissions‚ said.

According to Blake‚ important details for admissions are:
• Deadline for fall admissions is Sept. 9‚ 2005.
• Financial aid will be determined on a case−by−case basis.
• According to the University System of Georgia‚ students of institutions in the affected areas may be eligible for tuition and fees to be deferred for the fall semester. In addition‚ students will be eligible to apply for a waiver of out−of−state tuition.
• Contact the admissions department at 770−423−6300 or visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/admissions/ugadm.shtml for additional information.
• For admissions information at other University System of Georgia institutions‚ go to http://www.usg.edu.

Students unable to attend KSU this semester may apply for the spring session. The application deadline is Nov. 11‚ 2005. Spring semester begins Jan. 6‚ 2006.

“We will work with displaced students who would like to enroll‚” Joe Head‚ director of admissions‚ said. “Our staff has also counseled with about two dozen students advising them of available options. We are prepared to inform families regarding late admissions.”

The KSU community has also mobilized its efforts to provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina‚ such as providing faculty and student nurses to assist in receiving evacuees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base over the Labor Day weekend; faculty and student nurses continue to be on call for assistance in that effort.

In addition‚ Kennesaw State faculty‚ staff and students are providing financial aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina by donating cash that will be given to the American Red Cross.

“Last year we collected more than $2‚200 for the Tsunami relief fund. We have topped that amount for the Hurricane Katrina fund‚” said Carolyn Gallagher of Volunteer Kennesaw. So far‚ faculty and staff have contributed more than $6‚500. Donations will be collected until Sept. 16.

The KSU community is also donating food for local shelters. Donations will be collected until Sept. 17.

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