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Displaced Gulf Coast students welcomed by campus community

Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the college has received more than 15 calls from displaced Gulf Coast students inquiring about possible admission and has enrolled four. In response, the offices of admissions, academic advising, residence life, financial aid and several faculty have rallied together to help.

Richard Bodenschatz, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management, said that the college has waived all fees associated with the standard admissions process for these visiting students, and that they will continue to make an extra effort to accept these traumatized students so the transition will be as stress-free and easy as possible during this difficult time.

Bodenschatz said that to-date the college is hosting one student from Tulane University, one student from Dillard University and one student from University of New Orleans. And, in January the college will welcome one student from Loyola University.

"Although we are at capacity this semester, we felt that this was the least we could do to help these families," said Bodenschatz. "It is very rewarding to be in a position to help just a few of these students."

Last week the Governor announced that New York's public universities would providing in-state tuition rates at all 64 SUNY campuses to students who were attending colleges and universities in the Gulf Coast area.

Inquiries from students displaced by Hurricane Katrina should be directed to the office of admissions at x3204.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 18

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