RPI Relief for Victims of Huricane Katrina and its Aftermath
On August 29, 2005, at 6:10 a.m., Hurricane Katrina, weakened to a Category 4 hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, in the area east of New Orleans. Lives of millions of people have been changed as a result of this storm and its aftermath. The city of New Orleans is being evacuated, and towns to the east have been destoyed, killing hundreds of people and destroying thousands of homes.

In a series of letters to the Rensselaer Community, President Shirley Ann Jackson has outlined Rensselaer's immediate response to the natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response" describes the university's donations totalling $35,000 for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and America's Second Harvest, and encourages the members of the Rensselaer Community to contribute to a relief agency of their choice. President Jackson also announced that Rensselaer has opened its doors this semester to 100 undergraduate and graduate students from Tulane and Xavier universities, which have had to cancel classes for the semester due to flooding and environmental conditions in the affected areas. As of September 9, over 40 students have enrolled at Rensselaer as full time non-matriculating visiting students in the Gulf Coast Visiting Scholars Program.

Students in RPI Relief began meeting within a week of the disaster to plan initiatives that will aid in the University's response to the disaster. Various Rensselaer clubs and organizations have already begun fundraising activities. Through its Community Service initiatives, the Office of the First-Year Experience will again support the RPI Relief initiatives by keeping an up-to-date Web site of all the student events and initiatives to raise awareness and fundraising activities in support of the relief effort. It has also agreed to be the repository of all funds raised until they are disbursed to the charities of the students' choice at the end of the semester. In addition, by virtue of it's mission to positively transition new students to Rensselaer, FYE is providing support to the visiting scholars so that they can successfully navigate Rensselaer and beyond.

  • Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response
    A Letter from Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Events

    • RPI Relief Meetings will be held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m., in Academy Hall Room 4411. The next meeting is on Monday, September 12.

    • The Katrina Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 11:30 until 5:30 p.m., with a goal of 80 pints of blood. This American Red Cross Blood Drive is being hosted by the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

  • Support to Date

    • $2,000 to date for Catholic Relief Services: The Newman Catholic Fellowship reports that the Chapel + Cultural Center has collected this money at the weekend services and in the cans located in the Union office.

    • $1,000 will be donated to American Red Cross: The seniors from the Football Team will be donating this money to assist in Hurricane Relief efforts.

    • TOTAL: $3000, as of September 9, 2005

  • Special Events

    • Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner, New Orleans Style. Sponsored by the Community Service Committee. Thursday, November 17. Location to be announced. All money raised will go to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

  • Gulf Coast Visiting Scholars Information

  • Student Groups involved in RPI Relief

    • Alpha Phi Omega

    • CAVE

    • Circle K

    • Community Advocates

    • Community Service Network - OFYE

    • Interfraternity Council

    • IPAC

    • Newman Catholic Fellowship

    • The RPI Football Team

    • Rensselaer Union

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Last modified: Sep 28, 2014
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