Hurricane Katrina

WSU Tri-Cities welcomes Katrina survivor into faculty

When Barbara Ward (shown here being filmed for a Tri-Cities TV news station), a 25-year veteran public school teacher, was plucked from the attic of her flood-swept New Orleans home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she had no idea where she would end up.It turned out to be Richland, with a faculty position in […]

College of Education collects donations for victims

Washington State University College of Education faculty, staff, and students have arranged three ways to fill Backpacks for Hope with age-appropriate children’s books.Backpacks for Hope is a WSU effort to collect backpacks filled with school supplies to aid some of the estimated 250,000 children displaced by Hurricane Katrina.Dawn Shinew, associate professor in the college, said […]

Graduate student sends help home

Kellen Patterson has been at WSU for three weeks and already is making a difference. She was a University of New Orleans graduate student — one of only two graduate students to escape to WSU after Hurricane Katrina. (A third may join them in spring semester, said Steve Burkett of the Graduate School). But her […]

Faculty and students lead fund raising effort

Professors David Leonard and Rich King from the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies lead a group of 50 volunteers who collected money for the Operation Good Samaritan Fund at the WSU/Grambling State game in Seattle on Sept. 17. Their effort was supported by a group from the Katrina relief task force, Melanie Brown, director of […]