Giving hurricane relief
They left their personal possessions
in res hall rooms and apartments, thinking they would be gone
for days, not months. Some arrived at Marquette with parents,
others made their way to Milwaukee alone. The offers of help
were extensive — from
school supplies and linens to trips to Target to purchase other
necessities. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Marquette
community demonstrated the Catholic, Jesuit mission of serving
others in need by accepting nearly 100 students from universities
affected by the storm and reaching out to employees with immediate
families whose homes were destroyed.
“The outpouring of concern among our
faculty and staff has been overwhelming,” Marquette President
Robert Wild, S.J., says. University offices remained open Labor
Day weekend to admit students from Loyola University New Orleans,
Tulane University, Xavier University New Orleans and the University
of New Orleans and assign them housing. Sixty-nine students
enrolled. There were special orientation sessions, welcome
events and counseling support for the displaced students.
Welcome signs in the residence halls and home-baked cookies
in their rooms brought smiles. A quickly organized dinner
gave the students a chance to connect with each other.
University Hurricane Relief Fund was established to help the
students purchase books, clothing and other items essential
to their studies and their sudden arrival at Marquette. Donated
funds will also be used to support the immediate families
of Marquette employees who lived in and had to evacuate the
areas hit by the hurricane.
Student and staff groups organized
fund-raising events for hurricane victims — everything
from bake sales to contributions at soccer and volleyball games. Hundreds
attended a prayer service for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Individuals and campus groups made donations to the American
Red Cross and Catholic Charities U.S.A. for hurricane relief
The transitions for the visiting students
continue. They are in classes, joining campus activities, expressing
their gratitude for everyone’s concern and
assistance. And they’re looking forward … wondering how cold
Milwaukee really gets and when they’ll be able to return to their own