September 07, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. - By Wednesday morning, 19 students from colleges and universities closed by Hurricane Katrina had been enrolled as visiting students at Bucknell University.

The new students have been arriving on the Lewisburg campus since Saturday and at least two more of the 19 who have been processed to enroll are expected to arrive later today or Thursday.

Of the total enrolled, nine are women and eight are men. Most are first-year students.

Many of the new students met late Tuesday afternoon for campus orientation and tour, followed by a dinner together to get to know each other.

The last date for registering for fall classes at Bucknell is Friday, Sept. 9. Students interested in discussing this opportunity have been contacting Kurt Thiede, vice president for enrollment management and communications, at 570-577-1618 or kthiede@bucknell.edu.

Most of the new students had been enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans which has cancelled fall classes with an eye toward re-opening for the spring session in 2006. "We will come back stronger than ever before," Tulane officials posted on a website that is being updated from a temporary base established in Houston.

At Bucknell, the university is awaiting a final response from another 19 students to whom an offer to study at Bucknell has been extended.

Bucknell's response has been met by gratitude.

"We cannot imagine any more Bucknell could have done to help a hurricane student," wrote Richard Nahodyl and Elaine Wilco, the Atlanta parents of a student who was enrolled this past week as a visiting student. "There are probably other such success stories, but having personally seen this miracle happen in less than a day, we are at a loss for words about how impressed we are with Bucknell University."

All told, more than 50 students had contacted Bucknell officials about the prospect of continuing their education at the Patriot League school.

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