Roanoke College

Roanoke College Responds to Hurricane Katrina Disaster


 SALEM, VA—The Roanoke College community is reaching out to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in many ways. Students and faculty members are starting to examine the many issues behind a major American disaster. A summary of the relief activities and discussions is included below.

• Roanoke College has a limited number of openings for students from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding area who are enrolled as undergraduate, degree-seeking students in the areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama affected by Hurricane Katrina. Enrollment must be completed before September 12, because Roanoke’s fall semester classes have already begun. Interested families or students should contact the Roanoke College Admissions office at (540) 375-2270 or 1-800-388-2276.

• The Chaplain’s office is collecting cash donations, which may be designated to the American Red Cross or Lutheran Disaster Response.  100% of the money given will go to direct relief. The chaplain’s office is collecting food, water and paper products in conjunction with Salem Presbyterian Church.  Items will be collected on the front porch of the Chaplain’s Office, near the intersection of College Avenue and Clay Street. Trucks are going to Baton Rouge – one each week for the next few weeks. Supplies are being distributed by Presbyterian Disaster Relief. Items needed are:

  • Bottled water
  • Paper products (diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, diaper wipes)
  • Ready-to-eat food – cans with pop-tops, nothing that needs to be heated

• On Sunday, September 11, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., a relief concert will be held at Corned Beef & Co in downtown Roanoke. Several bands will play and all proceeds go to disaster relief funds. Employees of Corned Beef are working for free and their tips go toward the relief fund. 

  • Hurricane Relief Gathering at Corned Beef and Co. raised $5,500.

• Also on Sunday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Theater, Roanoke’s fine arts faculty presents a relief concert featuring: Marianne Sandborg, soprano; Gordon Marsh, piano; Julee Hickcox, flute; Elizabeth Bachelder, piano; and Joseph Blaha, trombone.

  • Fine Arts Program in Antrim Chapel raised $500.

• On Thursday, September 15, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Mac and Bob’s in Salem, a relief concert will be held featuring the band “Down Dexter.” The $5 cover charge goes to hurricane relief.

• On Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 pm, the Maroons vs. Lynchburg men's soccer game will be raising canned goods for hurricane victims. More information here (Adobe Acrobat pdf file.)

• On Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m., a rap relief concert by Nyse will be held in the college’s Alumni Gym. Admission is $5 with proceeds going to hurricane relief.

• Roanoke College students are now collecting school supplies for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The supplies will be sent to the Goodwill Industries of Acadiana, in Lafayette, LA, where more than 600 students in grades K-12 have enrolled since evacuating from New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

•Does Katrina know race? This is the topic of a discussion for faculty, staff and students of Roanoke College. Participants will discuss the response time of various entities involved in the rescue efforts and public remarks made by government officials and others.

• One of Roanoke’s fraternities, Pi Kappa Phi had a fundraising event this past weekend.  They raised over $6,000, with half donated to American Red Cross for hurricane disaster relief and the other half donated to PUSH America, the national philanthropy for Pi Kappa Phi.

 For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.