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Northwestern Observes Day of Prayer for Hurricane Victims; Students Displaced by Hurricane Begin Activities at Northwestern

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September 7, 2005

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University will observe the national day of prayer and remembrance for victims of Hurricane Katrina at noon Friday (Sept. 16).

The Northwestern community is invited to gather at The Rock (Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue) for prayer and reflection. Representatives of several religious traditions will participate in the event, which is sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplains. (For more information, call the chapel office at 847-491-7256).

About 150 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina are now on Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. A total of 47 undergraduate students have enrolled in classes and another 75 have been admitted to classes offered by the School of Continuing Studies. The undergraduate students are taking part in New Student Week prior to the first day of classes Sept. 20. Freshmen joined other first-year Northwestern students yesterday (Sept. 14) at orientation sessions. They also attended a special dinner, and their parents took part in an information session with Northwestern officials.

The deadline for interested undergraduate students to apply through Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies is Sept. 20. All courses in which space is available offered through the School of Continuing Studies will be open to these students. Visit scs.northwestern.edu for more information.

Eight students have enrolled in the Graduate School. On Northwestern’s Chicago campus, 12 students are taking classes at the School of Law and three are enrolled at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

The students displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be treated to free admission to Northwestern’s home football games, courtesy of the athletic department. They will be honored at pre-game festivities at the Sept. 24 Northwestern-Penn State football game.