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Morehouse Responds To Hurricane Katrina

ATLANTA, September 6, 2005-- Morehouse College, today, announced plans to aid students displaced by the devastation in the Gulf region caused by Hurricane Katrina. The College has pledged to accept up to 30 students from Xavier and Dillard Universities, both sister institutions of the United Negro College Fund.

On Thursday, September 8 from 6-7p.m., the Bonner Office of Community Service will host a candle light vigil to remember the victims. The vigil will be held on the Morehouse College campus in front of the new Leadership Center facility on the corner of West End Avenue and Westview Drive.

Also on Thursday, the Morehouse College Student Government Association will host a benefit concert featuring Jaspects, a student Jazz group. The concert will be held at 8:00 p.m. in Douglas Hall. The donation for the event is $2 and all proceeds will go to the relief effort.

More on the College’s response to Hurricane Katrina:

What is Morehouse doing to assist its own students from the Gulf Coast?The Office of Student Services has identified all of our students from New Orleans and other affected areas and is in the process of contacting them individually. OSS, through the Wellness Center, is providing debriefings for these students, as well as individual and/or group counseling for those needing help handling the disaster.

The Office of Business and Finance, through the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of Financial Aid, is contacting all enrolled students from the affected areas to determine how the College may assist them, as needed, with any financial hardship created by the disaster. Every effort is being made to minimize the concerns that parents and students from the disaster areas may have regarding their continued enrollment this semester and the Spring 2006 semester.

How is Morehouse helping students from other colleges and universities?As a member of UNCF, Morehouse is committed to doing what it can to support its fellow member institutions, Xavier University and Dillard University, which have been forced to close this semester because of damage to their campuses. Morehouse has agreed to extend offers of admission to approximately 30 students from Xavier and Dillard as “special registrants” for the fall 2005 semester.

Students from these schools who wish to enroll at Morehouse must present proof of enrollment in the form of a recent grade report or unofficial transcript, and must demonstrate that they were in good standing at their home institution. Priority will be given to graduating seniors, then to Georgia residents, and then to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will tuition for the Xavier and Dillard students be waived?Tuition and fees for these students will be waived to the extent these costs are not met by federal, state and other financial aid sources. Accordingly, we will request that all special enrollment students complete financial aid forms and pursue transfer of their aid to Morehouse. Special enrollment students from Xavier and Dillard who are not originally from metropolitan Atlanta will be permitted to reside on campus. Room and board costs will be waived for these students.

What is Morehouse doing to support others who have been displaced by the hurricane?The Morehouse Student Government Association has already sponsored a rally and several fundraisers to collect donations to support the victims of Katrina. The Bonner Office of Community Service is sponsoring a remembrance ceremony, and Provost and Senior Vice President David Taylor will lead a fund-raising effort among faculty and staff. For more information about the College’s activities, please log on to

Ranked three times as the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top feeder schools for the 15 most prominent graduate and professional schools in the country, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students. The College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. Morehouse is one of only two Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) to produce three Rhodes Scholars.
Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Sheldon “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from a HBCU.

Posted by Kara at September 6, 2005 11:57 PM

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