North Carolina A&T State University faculty, staff and students are gearing up to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"More than 30 of our students and 148 alumni and their families have been affected by this major disaster," said A&T Chancellor James C. Renick. "We will be doing all we can to help them and others in need through AGGIES CARE, our N.C. A&T Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund."
A&T Provost Carolyn Meyers adds, "There are no quick fixes or overnight solutions for these victims. They need ongoing support and we are planning to offer our assistance on a long-term basis."
AGGIES CARE will focus on three areas: students, disaster victims, and faculty, staff and alumni.
Financial assistance and counseling services for A&T students affected by the disaster will be provided. Students enrolled in higher education institutions in the affected areas, who wish to enroll at A&T, may call A&T Admissions Office (as soon as possible), at (336) 334-7946 or go to www.ncat.edu/admissions.html.
Throughout the year (three times each semester), the entire Aggie family will be asked to donate supplies. The AGGIES CARE-a-van will deliver the supplies to Southern University. A&T ROTC units will coordinate the collections; and ROTC units at Southern University will manage the distribution of the items to the nearby disaster areas. On the first Friday of each month, Aggies (on and off campus) will be asked to give up the cost of a soft drink, juice or water and donate at least $1 to the AGGIES CARE Fund. The first Friday of each month (exceptions: September and January) will be "Dollars for Katrina Day" in Aggieland.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all faculty and staff who have loved ones in the affected areas," said David Hoard, vice chancellor of development and university relations.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the university will collect bottled water at the Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center, next to Aggie Stadium.
students with financial needs who were affected directly by Hurricane Katrina. Contributions will be accepted at Aggie Suites – Suite 171, or mailed to P.O. Box 20366, Greensboro, N.C. 27411 call 256-0380 or 256-0381. All credit cards are accepted. If you have questions, information or feedback for AGGIE CARE, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AGGIES CARE project is being spearheaded by Dr. Janice Brewington and Akua Matherson along with a diverse group of A&T students, faculty and staff.
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