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Chesapeake College announces Gulf Coast commitment

Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College Council approved Tuesday afternoon a Gulf Coast disaster relief program that includes a fund-raising campaign and endorsed free educational opportunities for college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

"The Chesapeake College community wants to contribute both to disaster relief and the continuing education of those college students who suddenly find themselves without educational opportunities due to Hurricane Katrina," said Chesapeake College President Stuart M. Bounds after Tuesday´s College Council meeting.

Dr. Bounds appointed Lauren Halterman, the college´s Director of Resource Development, to head the new campaign, entitled "Chesapeake College Cares: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief." Student Government Association President Heather Sterling was appointed campaign co-chair.

Halterman will oversee a two-week (September 9-23) internal giving campaign that will solicit contributions from all Chesapeake College employees, the Board of Trustees, and Chesapeake´s students. Student donations will be collected as part of the college´s previously scheduled Student Organization Recruitment Week (September 12-16).

Contributors can earmark a portion of their contribution for an "Adopt-a-Family" campaign also approved by the College Council. That campaign will assist the family of Chesapeake College employee Tammy Jones, which was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Community members will also be able to contribute to the fund through Chesapeake College´s Office of Resource Development. Checks should be made payable to Chesapeake College, with the notation "Gulf Coast Disaster Relief," and mailed to: Chesapeake College, c/o Lauren Halterman, P.O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679. (For more information, please visit Chesapeake College´s website at www.chesapeake.edu.)

All funds – except those specifically earmarked for the Jones family – collected from all sources by September 23rd will be turned over to the American Red Cross via one check from Chesapeake College.

The College Council plan also recommended that students from southern colleges and universities closed by Hurricane Katrina be allowed to take courses through Chesapeake in the fall semester free of charge, as long as their situation is properly documented. In a related development, the College Council endorsed 100 percent refunds for any Chesapeake College students who withdraw to either assist with Gulf Coast relief or assist family members impacted by the disaster, as long as the withdrawal reason is properly documented.

Those plans now move to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Chesapeake College is also exploring options for donating old computer equipment and loaning some of the college´s I.T. support staff to help rebuild mission-critical systems at community colleges impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The college will also look to donate books to support the rebuilding of these institutions´ libraries.

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