September 6, 2017 | Katherine Adams
University of Houston-Clear Lake staff and campus organizations stand ready to assist students affected by Tropical Storm Harvey starting Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6 in Bayou Building Atrium II.
The storm drowned UH-Clear Lake’s plan to start the fall semester on Aug. 28. All UHCL campuses reopened Tuesday, Sept. 5.
“We have had to cancel other events that were scheduled for this time so that our Hawks Helping Hawks Relief Effort can get underway,” said SGA Executive Council President Justin Murphy. “There are a lot of ways Hawks can get assistance if they need it.”
Student organizations and university offices are organizing a donation drive in the Bayou Building’s Atrium II on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 12-5 p.m. Students who are able are encouraged to bring the following items to be disseminated to area shelters and disaster relief distribution centers:
Student Government Association: Canned food drive
Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: School supplies donations
Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement: Volunteer sign-up to ask for help or to offer help
Other participating student organizations offering support at this event include Indian Student Organization, National Society for Leadership and Success, Hispanics Advancing Culture, Education, and Rights, Pre-Health Science Association, and Campus Activities Board.
In addition, UHCL’s Office of University Advancement has initiated a #UHCLStrong campaign. Monetary donations are being accepted in a priority fund to help Hawks facing hardships meet their tuition requirements and stay on track to complete this semester.
For students rethinking whether they can stay in school this semester due to Harvey-related difficulties, the Dean of Students office will have multiple resources to help students on a case-by-case basis. Visit the “One-Stop Shop” in the Garden Room of the Bayou Building Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1-7 p.m., and Wednesday or Thursday, Sept. 6-7, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. to find out how UHCL can help students through this challenging time. Admissions advisers, financial-aid advisers and counselors will be on hand to discuss options to help keep students enrolled and remaining on their academic course.