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Reaching Across the Gulf

The Dean's Musings

This article was originally published in the October 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

The devastation wrecked by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama has uprooted many lives and the effects will be with all of us for many years. UF faculty, students and staff have responded generously and spontaneously to help where they can to allow students in need from the devastated regions to continue their education. Many departments in our college volunteered additional seating to accommodate emergency transfer students. This spirit of reaching out to our students in need arose in every corner of campus, from faculty, staff and students.

On September 2, after careful consideration, our college decided we could accommodate at least 50 full-time students in upper division arts and sciences courses. Overall at UF, we had 103 emergency transfer students from the Gulf Coast enroll in the university, 18 of whom are in CLAS—12 undergraduates and six graduate students. We are indebted to Associate Dean Albert Matheny and others in the Academic Advising Center for responding to the needs of these students and assisting them in enrolling in classes in our college or in others.

The Department of Zoology led an effort to gather more than 3,700 pounds of non-perishable food items and other supplies for storm victims, which they donated to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Michael Warren has been deployed to the region as a member of the Homeland Security/FEMA Region IV Disaster Mortuary Team and is assisting in the recovery and identification of Katrina’s casualties, as he did following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

To learn more about those spending time at UF this semester, and how you might assist, read After The Storm. To those who are spending the semester as honorary Gators, we offer our heartfelt sympathy for what you have been through.

—Neil Sullivan

Jane Dominguez

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