News & Announcements
With his permission, I am posting Irv Peckham's messages to the WPA-L listrserv.
Thu 9/15/2005 12:18 PM
Re: UNO and Hurricane Katrina an d adjuncts
It's been unclear about adjuncts. We have been able to hire only one adjunct from UNO--on the stipulation that he was being paid by them, to which we added 600.00. big deal.
i have received about 20 inquiries from NO teachers. Of course we can't hire them because we don't get any extra monies--they paid the tuition to the NO university and we're not asking them to pay again. there will be some negotiations about this further, but in essence, the adjuncts got stuck. I suspect all tenured or tenured track faculty will be paid. so what's new (knowing that must of us are tenured or tenure track).
With Lilly's permission, I've compiled her posts to the WPA-L list and to others who have forwarded them to the list.
Wed 9/7/2005 5:43 PM
A letter from an administrator (posted by Lilly)
September 7, 2005
From: Risa Palm
To: Faculty and Staff
You have been getting updates about many activities related to Hurricane Katrina from sources both inside and outside the University. Here is some information that you probably don't have. As of early this afternoon, the University has admitted 2771 new students from hurricane-affected areas.
The Louisiana Board of Regents is registering displaced faculty, adjuncts, teaching assistants, and students on its website at http://www.regents.state.la.us/. This website has information and news for displaced faculty and students, including information about aid and job possibilities.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Baton Rouge Community College is hiring adjunct faculty and in many other positions and providing help in finding positions. See http://www.brcc.cc.la.us/ for more information.
The Southern Regional Education Board is organizing on-line courses for displaced students and is recruiting on-line course providers until September 15. See http://www.sloansemester.org/ for more information.
Besides this forum, at least two other websites are available for displaced adjunct faculty to provide information about their situations and to get information about available jobs and support. The CCCC/NCTE Hurricane Katrina website is http://www.ncte.org/announce/122013.htm. The Campus Equity Week website, http://www.cew.org, will soon have forums to discuss the situations of adjunct faculty affected by Katrina and to post information.
Please get the word out to any faculty you know who has been affected by the hurricane, especially adjunct faculty.
With his permission, I am copying here Jim McDonald's posts about effects and after-effects of Katrina sent to the WPA-L listserv over the last few days. Jim is at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Posts appear in reverse chronological order.--Shirley Rose
Mon 9/26/2005 11:42 AM
Re: Hurricane Rita
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette closed 12:30 pm Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Rita but will probably reopen tomorrow morning.
About one quarter of the city lost power, but I think most electricity has been restored. Lafayette lost a number of trees and had some flash flooding with 10 inches of rain and some storm surges in low-lying areas along the Bayous Teche and Vermillion but suffered less damage than three years ago with Hurricane Lily. Some buildings were damaged by fallen trees, but I haven't seen much wind damage.
duh, i just noticed that i can send attachments here. i'm such a moron ")
If you do not find what you're looking for here, you might check the information from the Chronicle of Higher Ed:
KATRINA UPDATE: The Chronicle has set up a special page for announcements from colleges affected by the hurricane, and from associations and government agencies. Check regularly for updates. --> SEE http://chronicle.com/katrina