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Columbia College aids hurricane relief efforts

Faculty, staff and students have undertaken a number of efforts to alleviate the devastation left in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

The "Everything Drive" sought any item that individuals or families might need after a hurricane, including clothing, shoes, toiletries and household goods for distribution by the Salvation Army. The College Democrats, Delta Epsilon Chi, the Elysium Players, Kappa Mu Epsilon and the Mock Trials team participated in the drive.

The Cougar softball team raised $1,500 for disaster relief. The team placed donation jars in the Cougar Cafe; and the Mail and Print Services Department and raised money individually. Marcy Dotson, softball player, said the team set a goal for each player to raise at least $100. The team's donations will go to the American Red Cross.

Social Workers Initiating Future Trends adopted a displaced family that came to Columbia from Louisiana. SWIFT provided the family with $200 in Wal-Mart, JC Penney and Old Navy gift cards. The group is also providing them with transportation assistance.

In addition to the student organizations providing hurricane relief, five children of Columbia College faculty and staff sold lemonade at the Cougar soccer game during Family Day and Homecoming, raising $71.50. The funds were donated to the American Red Cross, Boone County Chapter. Hy-Vee supplied lemonade for the fundraiser and Wal-Mart provided cups.

In addition, Columbia College offered free tuition - up to six credit hours for accelerated on-campus classes - to assist students displaced from Gulf Coast colleges and universities. Students could use the free tuition at any of the college's 30 Nationwide Campuses, including the Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo.

Columbia College students deployed for hurricane relief

Eight Columbia College students put their fall coursework aside for deployment to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief efforts. Those students include:

  • Tony Kovall, Columbia, Mo., campus
  • Josh Behrens, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • Jesse Fossum, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • David W. Benoit, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • Kristopher K. Cyrus, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • Benjamin Hawkins, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • Harold Subia, Fort Worth, Texas, campus
  • Guillermo Velasco, Los Alamitos, Calif., campus