welcomes students displaced by hurricane
by Hurricane Katrina, transfer student Sabrina Bownes
works on her class schedule Wednesday with Miguel Molina,
associate director of Admissions and Records at Sac
Sacramento State raising funds for newest
students – those
displaced by Katrina
pitches in to help hurricane victims
opens doors to students affected by hurricane
Call to Californians
Aids Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina
State hurricane relief and related information
State is opening its doors for students forced to flee the
devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Last week, even as faculty, staff and students were organizing
fund drives and offering assistance on a personal level,
Sacramento State began enrolling displaced students. An intense
effort was underway to quickly guide them through admissions,
financial aid, and advising processes so that they could
get into classes.
State has also kicked of an effort to raise funds specifically
for the displaced students.
By Friday, 18 students had been admitted. Seven had enrolled
in classes, and most of the others were actively seeking open
“In assisting these students, Sacramento State is taking part in an extraordinary
relief effort ,” said Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez. “All
over the country, organizations and individuals are finding ways to help, and
we should all be proud of what this University has been able to do.”
“We’re trying to ensure these students don’t
have any additional stress. We’re removing obstacles
and getting them taken care of,” says Miguel Molina,
associate director of Admissions and Records, who is
assisting with the
effort. “The reality of what is happening here is
really nice. It feels good.”
of the students are originally from the Sacramento area,
and have returned to live with family, though at least
one was looking for housing late last week. They come from
Gulf Coast universities that include Xavier, Dillard,Tulane,
University of New Orleans, and Southern University.
The enrollments followed a CSU systemwide offer the week before
to take in displaced students without the usual paperwork
and testing requirements, and without the usual out-of-state
fees for non-California residents.
At Sacramento State, application fees are being waived for
the displaced students. Many are being admitted with a deferment
of fees, and they’re getting one-on-one meetings with
admissions and financial aid counselors.
They are also given a letter indicating their status to show
professors as they try to sign up for classes.
students and faculty at Sacramento State have joined the relief
effort to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
California Faculty Association is accepting donations for
the Red Cross. Checks made payable to the Red Cross or the
Union Community Fund can be dropped off at the CFA office
in Brighton Hall Room 106. For more information, contact the
association at 278-6196.
student groups are banding together to raise funds for the
Red Cross as well. A “Five for Life” coin drive
is underway with participants being asked to give in quantities
of five: five cents, five dollars, $50, etc. The students
have set a goal to raise $10,000.
collected funds during Welcome Week activities last week on
campus and will continue to at other events during the semester.
Contributions, made out to the American Red Cross, can also
be dropped off at the Students Activities office on the second
floor of the University Union. For more information, call
Student Activities at 278-6595.
about admission to a CSU campus for students displaced by
the hurricane is at www.csumentor.edu or (562) 951-4727.
more about the CSU system’s efforts, visit www.calstate.edu/katrina.
For updates about Sacramento State efforts, visit www.csus.edu/news/090905katrina.stm.