Sept. 2, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW family offers help to evacuees on and off campus
COLUMBUS, Miss. – A fund has been set up for Hurricane
Katrina evacuees who are currently housed on the campus
of Mississippi University for Women.
Established at the request of Connie Kossen, class of
1964 and chairman of the MUW Foundation Board, the MUW
Evacuee Fund will directly benefit evacuees on campus.
The Foundation has made a significant contribution to
the fund to meet the immediate need, but will accept
donations to provide much needed assistance.
Kossen, of Jackson, has been without power, telephone or
Internet service. Despite her own worries, she relayed
in a cell phone conversation that her thoughts are with
“all of our alumni and friends who have been affected by
Donations should be earmarked “MUW Evacuee Fund” and
mailed to MUW Foundation, 1100 College Street MUW 1618,
Columbus, MS 39701.
MUW faculty, staff and students continue to work around
the clock to assist evacuees on and off campus.
The Culinary Arts Institute began preparing lunch and
dinner around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday for the local
Chef W. Scott McKenzie, interim Culinary Arts Institute
director, is heading the effort, which will continue
through next week if necessary.
“Everything went very well and I know we could double
the amount produced with relative ease.”
After learning about all of the children in the area
from New Orleans, the Culinary Arts Institute volunteers
stayed to make cookies. Cookies and flavored popcorn
also were prepared for the evacuees on campus.
“These are just little things, but for people who have
lost much, a little can help them believe that there are
folks who care out there.
In addition to housing evacuees, the Office of Community
Living is making Internet and telephones more
Chris Holland, director of Community Living, said, “We
are setting up a room in our old office in Hogarth for
evacuees to use both the Internet and phone. We will
staff the area during normal business hours with the
possibility of running later in the night if needed.”
Holland said several campus offices have offered to host
events, including a barbecue.
The Student Programming Board will host a Family Fun
Night tonight for the evacuees on campus. Activities
such as games and a movie will began at 7 p.m. in
Hogarth W Room.
On Thursday afternoon, boxes of non-perishable food,
toiletries and emergency supplies were collected by
campus organizations through the Office of Community
Service, which is working with WCBI television station
and other local agencies to assist victims of the
Holland said, “It’s truly wonderful how everyone is
showing their support in this time of need.
The MUW Police Department also is collecting clothing
for the families on campus.
And due to the difficulty of communicating, Stephen
Taylor, MUW’s webmaster and 1999 graduate, started an
on-line “I’m OK” list.
The page is posted on MUW’s alumni website listing MUW
alumni and friends who are OK after the hurricane. To
add your name to the list, email your name, city and
class year to
email@example.com. Individuals may also call the
Office of Alumni Affairs at (662) 329-7295 or toll free
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert said, "As far as I am
concerned, these are our guests so we want to do all we
can for them. I have heard many amazing and horrifying
stories. We want to help them get their lives back