Outpouring of Support at Southeast for Hurricane Relief Efforts

 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 15, 2005 – In response to the dire needs of people in the Gulf Coast communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, a number of organizations and groups at Southeast Missouri State University have stepped up to organize disaster relief efforts across a wide spectrum.

 “The University is grateful for the kind and charitable efforts that are being made to relieve those suffering in the midst of this tragedy,” said Dr. Irene Ferguson, dean of students at Southeast Missouri State University, who is coordinating hurricane relief efforts.

Relief efforts under way at Southeast include the following:

  • Southeast Athletics accepted cash donations to support relief efforts at the Southeast vs. Southern Illinois University football game at Houck Stadium on Sept. 1. Donations totaling about $2,000 have been forwarded to the American Red Cross.
  • The All University Judicial Board, Residence Hall Association, University Center, Southeast Bookstore and Dean of Students are sponsoring a “Redhawks to the Rescue”fund-raising campaign to support Katrina relief.  One dollar contributions are being collected at designated campus sites, and monies collected are being forwarded to the American Red Cross-SEMO Chapter. The goal is to collect $5,000 for the local American Red Cross. Representatives of the All University Judicial Board and Residence Hall Association are in the University Center, Towers Cafeteria, and on Normal Avenue between Academic Hall and Kent Library Wednesdays and Fridays through the end of September. Patrons making donations at Southeast Bookstore will have their names featured on a “Redhawks to the Rescue” bulletin board. Drop jars also are set up in the Student Development Office in the University Center Room 422. For more information on this effort, contact Student Development at ext. (573) 651-2264.
  • Southeast Public Radio joined the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Sept. 9 in an industry-wide effort to raise a minimum of $100 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The “Broadcast Unity for Katrina Relief” initiative involved thousands of local radio and television stations from coast to coast voluntarily donating airtime for special fund-raising appeals. The NAB designated Sept. 9 as “Broadcast Unity Day,” when broadcasters aired special fund-raising messages throughout the day.
  • The Southeast Missouri State baseball team collected clothing Sept. 9 for hurricane victims who have been relocated to Camp McClanahan in Kennett, Mo. Dustin Pritchett, a Southeast baseball player originally from Kennett, and his father delivered the clothing to the relief shelter Sept. 10.
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society is holding a hurricane relief fund raiser through Sept. 14 to help victims of the disaster. The organization is collecting monetary donations from students, faculty, friends and families to be forwarded to the local American Red Cross chapter. In addition, the organization has set up a donation box in the main lobby of Carnahan Hall for donations of bottled water, diapers, baby wipes and personal care items which will be donated to the Salvation Army of Cape Girardeau. All donations collected through this effort will go to help displaced families who are arriving in Southeast Missouri from hurricane stricken areas.
  • Chartwells Educational Dining Services, which provides food service on the Southeast campus, is doing its part to provide bottled drinking water in the Gulf Coast region. “Those who have been displaced by this epic disaster are in desperate need of drinking water,” said Tim Weatherly, Chartwells resident district manager.Chartwells customers may purchase cases of discounted Dasani bottled water using “Redbucks,” debit or cash to be sent directly to Baton Rouge, La. A case of 12 oz. Dasani is $5.83. Bottled water donations made through Chartwells are being distributed to those in need at Louisiana State University (LSU), an official crisis shelter for those evacuated from New Orleans.
  • Chartwells is also matching cash donations up to $1,000 with monies collected to be forwarded to the American Red Cross.
  • The Association of Black Collegians accepted cash donations and non-perishable items and clothing Sept. 1-9. More than $300 has been collected to date with those monies earmarked for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
  • The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in the University Center this week through Friday. The blood drive is sponsored by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity each day, and Southeast’s Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology participated on Tuesday as a sponsor. Those who still wish to donate blood may do so from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.
  • Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is also assisting with the annual Boy Scouts canned food drive Nov. 12-19. Items collected will be distributed to local food pantries, including that of the Salvation Army.
  • Faculty Senate is asking Southeast faculty members to make a one-time cash donation or a pledge via payroll deduction to support hurricane relief efforts. Dr. James Champine, chair of Faculty Senate, said pledges and donations are being accepted through Oct. 5 when they will be forwarded to the American Red Cross. Faculty members can direct their donations to either the American Red Cross-SEMO Chapter or the National American Red Cross, he said.
  • The Iota Rho Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha is working in conjunction with Louisiana chapters on hurricane relief efforts. The organization is sponsoring a fund-raiser with a local student band. The date has not yet been set.
  • University Relations staff members donated beef to be cooked and served to Gulf Coast evacuees staying at Camp McClanahan in Kennett, Mo.
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society is accepting cash donations and collecting non-perishable items to be given to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Donations are being accepted in the lobby of Carnahan Hall and across the Southeast campus.
  • Social work classes taught by Dr. Jack Stokes are collecting cash donations and non-perishable items and clothing for hurricane victims. Donations are being forwarded to the American Red Cross, local food pantries and the Salvation Army.
  • Southeast student Stephanie Moore of St. Louis and a group of her friends collected cash donations to purchase non-perishable food items to be donated to an Army Reserve Center in St. Louis.
  • Facilities Management staff at Southeast donated more than $265 and the Facilities Management Community Service Charities Committee donated $100 to be directed to the American Red Cross.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity collected $120 via cash donations Sept. 5-9, which were forwarded to the American Red Cross.
  • The University Players accepted cash donations for relief efforts Sept. 7-9, with donations given to the American Red Cross. 
  • Athletic Advising collected $200 in cash donations from Southeast’s student athletes. The monies are being donated to the American Red Cross.
  • Kent Library is filling a backpack donated by Southeast Bookstore with school supplies, personal items and Southeast merchandise. The backpack will be sent to Hogg Middle School in Houston, Texas, which is spearheading the “We’ve Got Your Back” campaign. Students at Hogg Middle School is providing backpacks stuffed with school supplies to Gulf Coast students displaced by Katrina.
  • The College of Education collected $590 in cash donations Sept. 5-12, which will be forwarded to the American Red Cross-SEMO Chapter.
  • Southeast’s Greek fraternities and sororities are accepting cash donations across campus and within the Cape Girardeau community on Sept. 28. Monies collected will be forwarded to the American Red Cross.

Information on national and local relief efforts is available on the Southeast Dean of Students Web site at http://www5.semo.edu/studentdevpt.