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UL system member institutions assisting McNeese in recovery efforts

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 18:35:00-04

Eight University of Louisiana System member institutions are stepping forward to assist the ninth institution that sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Laura last week.

All nine schools were forced to close as Laura made landfall, and the storm "left devastation" at five of the institutions, most notably McNeese State.

This week, the system-coordinated Cowboy Relief Effort is connecting universities with opportunities to assist as McNEese begins to assess damages and to clean debris.

"I am heartened by the outpouring of support for McNeese by the other member institutions," System President Jim Henderson said. "Though there is a lot of work to be done, the cowboys are strong and will return even better equipped to serve students in southwest Louisiana."

So far, the system has matched displaced McNeese students with housing opportunities on other campuses for the restart of their semester on September 18. It's also developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow McNeese students staying in other regions of the state to access other campus' resources like the rec centers, libraries, and computer labs.

The University has also established a Hurricane Laura relief fund to help the campus community in its recovery.

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