September 3rd, 2005


Hurricane Katrina: displaced students.

I received the following e-mail, and thought I would share it:

Dear Cal State San Marcos student

All of us in the Cal State San Marcos community share profound sympathy and concern for the people of New Orleans and nearby areas in Louisiana and other states for the losses they have suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Their needs are enormous. I encourage everyone to donate directly to one of the many humanitarian groups who have responded and who are prepared to deliver the water, food and shelter needed so desperately by so many. A partial list of such agencies can be found at

The California State University system has offered to admit students displaced by the storm and flooding. Cal State San Marcos stands ready to do its part. Those students can be admitted conditionally for this fall. They will pay only resident fees and payment plans will be flexible. Financial aid will be expedited. Should any of them select San Marcos we are ready to assist with off-campus housing. Our campus contact for admissions questions is Nathan Evans, Director of Admissions, 760-750-4848.

If you know of anyone from any of the affected areas who is in need of this type of assistance, please contact Jonathan Poullard, Dean of Students, in Student Affairs, 760-750-4935.

We are monitoring the situation and discussing other ways we, as a campus community, could help. We have learned that ASI and our students have planned several campus events. They are listed below along with a session conducted by the Counseling Center. We pledge to do all we can to help and I encourage each of you to consider how you can participate.

Karen S. Haynes, Ph.D.


If you know of anyone who would be helped by this information, please pass it on. I find myself unable to do much about the situation other than donate and pray. I have to say that I really love my University. It is located 30 minutes north of San Diego, and the campus is beautiful. I have had nothing but good experiences from all of the people at my campus -- administrators, professors, and students.