Past Features

September 26, 2005 (Vol. 2, No. 2)

College Continues to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims

Students on Lehamn Campus
It's been over a month since Hurricane Katrina landed near New Orleans and other areas along the Gulf Coast, flooding the city and wreaking havoc on dozens of communities. At Lehman, the College is continuing to help the storm's victims.

Lehman's Katrina Relief Fund continues to grow. Since it began collecting donations in early September, the Office of Student Affairs reports receiving almost $3,000. To contribute to this effort, bring or mail a check, made out to the "Lehman College Katrina Relief Fund," to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (Shuster 206).

Several student clubs have also joined in the collection drive by setting up donation bins in their clubrooms, located in the Student Life Building. These clubs include the Rainbow Alliance, the Asian Cultural Exchange and CASA. In addition, the Dominican Students Association recently held a bake sale to help raise funds.

Vanessa Gonzalez, assistant director of Campus Life and the College's relief disaster coordinator, is working with students, faculty and staff to gather information, which she then forwards to the CUNY Central Office.

"Students wishing to make a donation, whether it's clothing, food or money, should stop by the Student Life Building, Room 222, and someone there will direct them to the different clubs that are collecting donations," she says.

All funds raised will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Operation.

The City University of New York is also doing its share to help students from the affected areas by offering late admission at in-state tuition rates to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the University is waiving application fees and late registration fees. Also, colleges are being encouraged to permit students to defer tuition payment until federal and state policies become clear during this emergency. For full details, read the Chancellor's message. Lehman's admissions office has already received a number of calls from students seeking to transfer to the College. To date, one student has registered at Lehman from the University of New Orleans.

American Red Cross Volunteer Training

Lehman will also serve as host for a training program from the American Red Cross on becoming a Disaster Responder on Tuesday, September 27, in the East Dining Room at 6 p.m.

The first step to becoming a Red Cross Disaster Responder is to attend a session of the New Volunteer Training Program. Attendance at one of these free three-hour programs will accelerate the process of preparing to respond to disasters, whether Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita or the 3,000-plus emergencies we have each year right here in New York.

In this program, taught by experienced Red Cross instructors, a volunteer will:

  • Learn about the mission, history and services of the American Red Cross in Greater New York
  • Obtain an "Introduction to Disaster Services" Certificate
  • Learn about the requirements to become a Red Cross Disaster Relief Responder
  • Find out what other volunteer opportunities are available with Red Cross in New York

At the conclusion of the session, the volunteers will be able to meet with Red Cross staff to discuss the next phase of disaster preparedness training or other volunteer opportunities. For more details, visit the Red Cross Web site at