[CUA Office of Public Affairs]


Catholic University Responds to Hurricane Katrina


The Catholic University of America has organized several initiatives to respond to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. To follow are a list of events, ongoing outreach efforts and information for media who are covering the disaster and recovery efforts.


* NEW *  National Day of Prayer: CUA will participate in the National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina established for Friday, Sept. 16, 2005. Classes will not be cancelled. Click here for more details.


Outreach to Affected CUA Students:  Staff in the university’s offices of residence life, campus ministry and the dean of students are in contact with CUA students who, based on permanent address records, may have been directly affected by the hurricane’s devastation.


Outreach to Non-CUA Students:  CUA has accepted 11 undergraduate and four graduate students — in addition to five visiting law school students — from the hurricane-affected areas.  The university was able to provide on-campus housing for seven of the undergraduate students. Financial aid requests have been handled on a case-by-case basis. The Office of the Dean of Students, working with the entire campus community, will continue its outreach to these visiting students to ensure an easy transition to the CUA campus.


Media Experts: Faculty members with expertise about hurricane-related issues including mental and community health fallout; architecture and engineering topics related to reconstruction; and rising gas prices and the economy are available to speak to the media. For more information, view the Expert Tip Sheet, contact the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or e-mail: cua-public-affairs@cua.edu.


Spiritual Response: The Office of Campus Ministry organized a Day of Prayer and Communion, held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and has been collecting pledges of personal commitments of prayer, fasting, service and/or sacrificial donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Pledge forms are available in the Campus Ministry office and in the Pryzbyla Center.


Volunteer Outreach: The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events is coordinating volunteers to offer assistance to the neighboring Armed Forces Retirement Home, which opened its doors to hundreds of military veterans displaced by the hurricane.  Volunteers are needed to staff the home’s clothing store and assist with bingo games. Those interested in volunteering at the AFRH should stop by the UCSPE office (Pryzbyla 204) and provide their names, contact information and the times they are able/willing to work on the sign-up sheet provided.  Volunteers may send an e-mail with the same information to cua-ucspe@cua.edu or they may call 202-319-5291. 


Donations: The university administration is recommending that donations be sent directly to Catholic Charities, USA.  For more information, visit http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.



Revised Sept. 14, 2005








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Revised: 9/14/2005

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