Chancellor Tomlinson-Keasey On Hurricane Katrina's Devastation

To Members of the UC Merced Campus Community:

Our entire University responds in sympathy and sorrow to the horrific devastation of the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina.

For those of you who are from the region, as well as community members with families in the region of disaster: please know that our hearts and minds are with you at this time.

UC Merced is in the fortunate position of being able to assist university students who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. We have developed a number of options for student who are now unable to attend institutions in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina. UCM will accommodate students on a case by case basis. Our Financial Aid, Residential Life and Registrar's offices are available to assist in these efforts. Please call or e-mail Salvador L. Cervantes at scervantes@ucmerced.edu or (209) 724-4257.

Also, a blood mobile is currently being organized. More information will be provided soon.

UC Merced is engaged in finding other appropriate roles for our faculty, students and staff to participate in relief efforts. Individuals and organizations desiring to provide assistance to people affected by the storm can best help by donating monetary contributions to relief organizations. A partial list of organizations accepting donations can be found at http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/katrinadonations.shtm

We will keep you alerted to opportunities to respond as they arise. In the meantime, please keep those affected by this disaster in your hearts.

Sincerely,

Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, Chancellor





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