Campus: CSU Fresno --September 2, 2005
Fresno State Offers Various Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
California State University, Fresno has joined the nationwide drive
to provide support and aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf
Coast including efforts by the CSU system, student organizations and the
Bulldogs Athletics Department.
Yesterday, the California State University announced that its 23-campuses
will admit displaced students from Gulf Coast area colleges, as well as
California students who had planned to attend a college in that region.
Fresno State is not among the seven CSU campuses that currently have
some spaces available in their fall classes but, on a case-by-case basis,
will consider any request it receives and make an effort to accommodate
students in need, said Bernard Vinovrski, associate vice president of
Enrollment Services in the Division of Student Affairs.
"Fresno State is at capacity but a catastrophe has struck our nation and
we will do whatever we can to help displaced students who contact us,"
Vinovrski said. "We can accommodate students on this emergency basis."
Anyone wishing to inquire about emergency admission to Fresno State may
call (559) 278-4639. Callers should leave their contact information on
the voicemail, which will be checked frequently for immediate response,
The Athletics Department also announced yesterday that it will accept
donations during Fresno State's season opening game against Weber State
on Sept. 10.
Bulldog student-athletes will solicit donations during the pre-game
tailgate functions, at Bulldog Boulevard and during the game itself. Red
Cross stations will also be manned at various locations throughout Bulldog
Stadium for those who wish to donate. All proceeds will be turned over
to the American Red Cross to assist with the hurricane relief efforts.
On the broader university front, Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
(CESL) and the Division of Student Affairs are marshaling forces to
coordinate various individual efforts by students and campus organizations.
The two offices are coordinating a meeting for representatives from all
student clubs and organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to
7 p.m. in Family Food Science Bldg, Rm. 213. (Located at end of Campus
Drive, access from Barstow Ave.)
"Our hope is to build momentum for a university-wide response with the
aim of raising at least $1 from every student, staff and faculty member
at Fresno State - there's about 23,000 of us -- toward relief efforts,"
said Chris Fiorentino, director of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.
He said the community is invited to participate in relief effort donations
and encouraged students to find matching donors - parents, alumni,
He noted that many different organizations will participate in relief
campaigns - citing four that he is aware of - and that a united effort
will be helpful. Additionally, his office can assist with contacting
appropriate relief agencies - such as the American Red Cross or the
Salvation Army among others -- who will make sure donations get where
they need to go.
Some of the university efforts, in addition to Athletics, are "Operation
Love" by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity,
and the Smittcamp Honors College. Others have also inquired.
Students who are interested in participating or have a project under
way are asked to contact the SCS office at (559) 278-7079.
Information about the university-wide Hurricane Katrina relief aid drive
will be updated regularly on www.FresnoStateNews.com.
Tom Uribes at (559) 278-5366 or 246-1717
Shirley Armbruster at (559) 278-2795 or 593-1815