September 08, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. - The number of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have been enrolled as visiting students at Bucknell University reached 20 late Wednesday and may edge slightly higher by the Friday, Sept. 9, deadline for registration.

According to Kurt Thiede, vice president for enrollment management and communications, another 22 students from the hurricane-ravaged area have been offered an opportunity to attend Bucknell and the university is waiting for their final response.

The new students continue to arrive on campus and most are finding themselves in classrooms within hours of their arrival. Two students moved in on Wednesday and another two are scheduled to arrive today or Friday. The total includes 12 women and eight men.

To date, nearly 60 students have directed inquiries to Bucknell about continuing their fall studies at the Lewisburg campus. Most of the visiting students had been enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans. Tulane has officially cancelled its fall semester.

Meantime, campus fundraising efforts for American Red Cross hurricane relief continue. Bucknell Dining plans a special $5.25 buffet luncheon Friday, Sept. 9, in the Refectory featuring Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine. Money donations for the Red Cross will be collected.

The Bison Chips, the all-male a cappella group, are donating proceeds from sales of their CDs at www.cdbaby.com to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. Sigma Alpha Mu plans a pizza social Saturday, Sept. 10, to welcome the new students to campus.

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