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Carleton Responds to Hurricane Katrina

September 6, 2005

Carleton is actively responding to the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina in the southeastern United States. We share with the rest of the world our thoughts and hopes for the well-being of all those affected during this crisis.

We now have identified the locations of all our students from the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. The College is working around the clock with these students to determine their needs and the needs of their families. Some students are already on campus; others are in the process of trying to get here.

The admissions office is working to enable and assist all our incoming first-year students in the devastated areas in order to get them from their current location to Northfield. Any first-year students who are not able to begin the school year due to Hurricane Katrina will be allowed to defer their matriculation to Winter Term (January 2006) or until the 2006-07 academic year.

All of the affected students will be allowed to move into campus housing immediately and the college will assist them in meeting their immediate needs.

For some of these students, their stories of survival are gut-wrenching and remarkable. We will continue to do all we can to support them and their families during this very difficult time.

The alumni affairs office is attempting to contact our alumni in the area by e-mail. Director Becky Zrimsek ’89 assures alumni in the affected area that the Carleton community is here to be of use to them in whatever way we can be. Alumni in the affected areas who are able to do so are asked contact the alumni affairs office by phone at (800) 729-2586 or by email to let them know their situation and if they would like the office to assist them in contacting Carleton friends, alumni and/or parents. The alumni office also has set up a page for Gulf Coast alumni updates and information on relief efforts being coordinated by Carleton alumni.

Laura Riehle-Merrill, Carleton's new assistant director of campus activities and Acting in Community Together (ACT) coordinator, has indicated that ACT leadership will be meeting shortly after returning students arrive on campus to plan hurricane relief efforts.

Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum has announced that on Monday, September 12—the first day of classes—there will be an open time for reflection and prayer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel.

The College has received many excellent suggestions and recommendations for responding to the Katrina crisis. The outpouring of support from the Carleton community is heartwarming. We are in the process of assessing all of the recommendations and offers of assistance and discussing how best Carleton can help. At this time, we remain focused on providing much-needed assistance with our affected students and their families

We will continue to update the campus as more information becomes available. Further updates also will be posted on Carleton's Hurricane Katrina Response Site.