Sept. 2, 2005

To: Faculty, Staff and Students

From: President Louis Caldera

Re: Help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

I join the university community in expressing compassion and concern for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. We know many individuals, departments and groups on campus are doing what they can to alleviate the suffering and anxiety of those in need. Some have even volunteered to take students and others who were displaced into their homes.

One of the most profound ways we touched lives this week was to quickly admit students who were attending schools and colleges in the affected areas. We waived application and late registration fees, extended add/drop dates, provided one-on-one advisement regarding academics and financial aid and offered delayed payment of tuition and fees.

Our current students found various ways to help. The Student Activities Office, Greek Life, ASUNM and the Community Experience will collaborate on a fundraiser for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The groups hope to raise $40,000 during the next two weeks. You can contribute by d ropping loose change in orange buckets near SUB vendor cash registers, by purchasing Mardi Gras bead necklaces or providing checks for the Red Cross. Student volunteers will be located at a table in the SUB.

The School of Architecture and Planning is also collecting money for relief agencies, which will be channeled through the United Way. Rebuilding the hundreds of thousands of lives affected by this national tragedy will be a long-term process. UNM's campus-wide United Way campaign begins Sept. 19. Staff and faculty who donate through payroll deductions can designate 100 percent of those contributions to hurricane relief efforts.

Each of us can make a difference today and in the days to come. Here are some ways you can help:

Thank you for joining me in reaching out to the greater community.