BC ACCOMMODATES 150 STUDENTS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE KATRINA

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (9-7-05)—Boston College has accepted 150 displaced undergraduate students from Loyola and Tulane universities in New Orleans through its Woods College of Advancing Studies, the University announced today. The students have been accepted as visiting students on a non-matriculating basis and will return to their respective universities once they re-open.

To accommodate the students, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, worked with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to provide temporary, emergency housing for 100 students at St. William’s Hall on BC’s Brighton Campus. The students will be provided for and supervised by the University’s Residential Life staff.

“So many people are in great need, and the BC community wants to help students to continue their studies while the relief efforts take place,” said Fr. Leahy. “We hope our actions will provide a small measure of hope for people who have suffered so much.”

In addition to the University’s outreach to undergraduate students, BC Law School has accepted more than a dozen second and third year law students and the Graduate School of Social Work, the Carroll Graduate School of Management, the Lynch School of Education and the Graduate School at the College of Arts & Sciences have also accepted students from Gulf Coast region schools.

Boston College will also conduct a special collection for victims of Hurricane Katrina during the BC-Army football game on September 10. Members of the BC community have also been encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities and prayers will be offered for the victims and their families during all Masses celebrated on campus during the month of September.

“The experience of being uprooted from my job, my university and my home is so disturbing and confusing,” said New Orleans resident Evan Clary, a newly enrolled student in the Lynch School of Education’s graduate program, who was teaching and doing graduate study in New Orleans when the hurricane struck. “I feel so fortunate to have a place to go, and what Boston College and its fellow Jesuit schools have done has provided a continuity and stability that is both psychologically and academically rewarding. They could not have been more gracious hosts.”

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