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Albertson College Offers Assistance to Displaced Students

2005. 09. 02.

CALDWELL (ID) - The students and faculty of Albertson College of Idaho, though a long way from the devastation suffered in Mississippi and Louisiana, have opened their hearts and wallets to help students in schools affected by Hurricane Katrina.

'As an institution of higher education there are a number of important resources we can offer to those affected by this tragedy,' Albertson College of Idaho President Bob Hoover said. 'We hope to help restore some sense of normalcy in anyway that we can.'

Idaho's liberal arts college is offering admission to impacted students until they are able to return to their home colleges. Students displaced by the hurricane will be eligible to take credits from the college at no cost. The school will also offer assistance with transportation if needed.

Even though ACI's residence halls are filled, the college's Dean of Students has said 'We will make room in our halls and the community so that these students will have a dry place to stay.'

The college operates on a modified trimester schedule that begins later than most colleges. September 8 marks the first day of classes for the Caldwell, Idaho college. For more information on becoming a visiting student at Albertson College of Idaho, please contact Charlene Brown by calling 1(800) 224-3246.

In addition to offering a place for students to stay and study, the campus community is busy finding other avenues to help. For the past seven years, more than 70 students have spent their winter break in Tijuana helping build homes for impoverished people. Campus Minister Phil Rogers is moving that trip to the area impacted by Katrina this year. A blood drive is being organized for the first week of school and donations will be collected this weekend as students move into the dorms.

Albertson College of Idaho is also offering space for 100 people displaced by the storm. For more information, contact Jen Girvan in the Office of Residence Life by calling (208) 459-5121 .

Albertson College of Idaho is the state's oldest private, residential liberal arts institution. With an average class size of 10, students receive personal attention from faculty members dedicated to teaching. CofI was recently named 16th in the nation for 'Professors Get High Marks' by the Princeton Review, and was also ranked 11 in Intel's list of the most unwired campuses in the nation for its use of wireless technology. CofI also recently received a $17 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

More information about Albertson College of Idaho is available by visiting www.collegeofidaho.edu

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