SUNY Oswego takes in those displaced by hurricane

Students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego are organizing to respond to the disruption and devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf states.

Last week (Aug. 31) SUNY Oswego enrolled two students who had been scheduled to attend universities in New Orleans this fall: one from Loyola University and one from Tulane University.

Both are Oswego area residents who expect to continue their studies at SUNY Oswego this semester while their own campuses are closed, said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Joseph Grant.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, SUNY Oswego offered temporary shelter to up to 70 people left homeless by the hurricane and subsequent flooding, Grant added. The college has 35 hotel-style rooms in Sheldon Hall that it could free up on an interim basis until the displaced people could move to more permanent apartment-style housing elsewhere, he said.

Oswego’s Center for Community Service will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Room 217 of Hewitt Union to organize the relief efforts of the college community. Dean of Students James Scharfenberger and his staff in the Student Affairs Division are working with student clubs and organizations on these efforts. For updates on their work, see

Faculty and staff organizations are pursuing relief efforts, and faculty plan to present panel discussions exploring the larger issues raised by the catastrophe and how they can be remedied now and allayed in future emergencies.

“Our hearts go out to our fellow American citizens who have suffered so much, and our community is extending our hand and spirit to help,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

Gulf region college students who have been displaced by the hurricane and seek collegiate assistance in upstate New York should call the State University of New York Hurricane Katrina Hotline: 1-800-481-2905. SUNY’s 64 campuses, including Oswego, are fast-tracking the admissions and enrollment process for students who enrolled in schools in the affected area and who have now been forced to return to New York as a result of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

[Fourth update 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005]

(Posted: Sep 06, 2005)