Thursday September 1, 2005

Help for Hurricane Victims

UD community works to feed the hungry, help displaced students and raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims.

The University of Dayton Office of Admission is working with school administrators to coordinate the admission of students displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. It is one of the ways that UD students, staff, administrators and alumni are pitching in to aid hurricane victims.

Students from Tulane and Loyola universities in New Orleans, who had applied and been accepted to UD, have called the admission office seeking places in the first-year class. Rob Durkle, director of admission, is working with deans and student development administrators to coordinate their admission. He also has fielded calls from upper-class students interested in transferring.

Students will staff two collection tables in Kennedy Union on campus to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims. Students will collect donations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 16. Donations will be distributed to nonprofit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, to aid their hurricane relief efforts.

Students also can make a financial contribution toward relief efforts using their Flyer Cards, debit-like cards students use to cover meals and supplies.

"We've had so many students come into our office and ask how they can help," said Selena Hilemon of UD's Center for Social Concern.

University administrators and staff also are pitching in.

University chef Lisa Davis, who moonlights at the House of Bread, is making plans to travel to the hurricane-stricken region with the mobile Salvation Army kitchen. The 200 workers of the Salvation Army's Incident Management Teams will be moving in 72 canteens that can feed 400,000 people a day and two 54-foot mobile kitchens that can feed an additional 20,000 people a day.

A benefit concert for hurricane victims is being organized by UD donor relations coordinator Helen Moss and adjunct music professor Khalid Moss, who is inviting area musicians to participate and donate their talents. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at Gilly's in downtown Dayton. For ticket information, call Gilly's at (937) 228-8414.

Michelle Phillips Moody, a 1992 alumna who owns a sporting goods store near Houston, where Katrina victims are being relocated, is collecting needed supplies and encouraging UD student organizations and alumni to assist her.

For media interviews, contact Rob Durkle at (937) 229-2007, Selena Hilemon at (937) 229-2516 and Lisa Davis at (937) 229-2236.