September 25, 2005

Help for Hurricane victims

Prayer Service Set for Tuesday

Perkins School of Theology will host a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Perkins Chapel to ponder the losses that have suffered because of the recent hurricanes and to pray for those in need.

Red Cross Donation

On Saturday, the Boulevard became The French Quarter as SMU vs.Tulane offered a celebration of New Orleans. Beads, jazz, and Cajun food were part of the festivities, which culminated in the Mustangs-Green Wave match-up at 1 p.m. in Ford Stadium and the halftime presentation of a check for more than $50,000 to Conference USA for the Katrina Relief Fund benefiting the American Red Cross.

The SMU community continues to offer assistance to the more than 200 students now enrolled at SMU because of Hurricane Katrina's effect on their universities, as well as remaining actively involved in relief efforts for other victims.

Read about ongoing efforts by SMU to collect funds and needed items.

Read about assistance and special programs for displaced students


The University will assist SMU students who are from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Read President R. Gerald Turner's letter.

Fox News interviews Tulane student Marie Guevara and Vice President Jim Caswell about SMU's acceptance of displaced students. See the video.

Other Affected Universities

Check the status of recovery efforts at affected schools whose students are now at SMU:

Other Texas universities also are helping displaced students.

New SMU Students Tell Their Stories

The students came from Tulane, Xavier, Loyola, Dillard. Some came with only the clothes on their backs and several days’ worth of changes. They left behind everything else they owned.

“I was watching the news on Monday, and I saw my flooded apartment building on television. I love New Orleans, and it hurts so much to watch what’s happening. SMU was the first place I looked for the classes I would need to get…”

“We evacuated to Dallas. We didn’t know where to go. It’s been pretty hectic, especially watching TV. Our city is like a war zone. I left everything behind…”

Read their stories . . .