Posts from Lillian Bridwell-Bowles in Baton Rouge

With Lilly's permission, I've compiled her posts to the WPA-L list and to others who have forwarded them to the list.
Shirley

Wed 9/7/2005 5:43 PM
A letter from an administrator (posted by Lilly)
September 7, 2005

From: Risa Palm
Provost, LSU

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.
Of that number, 2168 have already been routed through the full registration process and have courses. Some of the 600 students admitted but not registered are still going through the system, but others may have decided against staying for a variety of reasons, notably the limited supply of housing. Today the number of new students seeking admission was less than half what it was Tuesday. We have pledged to keep the admissions open through Friday, and I am hopeful that we will have caught up on any backlog of students by that time, with only a few students who will have to go to College offices for advising on Monday. Given the circumstances, we are expecting a greater than normal number of resignations among our continuing students; however, as of Tuesday we have received only 38 resignation forms.

I want to repeat how proud I am to be associated with a University that has faculty and staff who are capable of handling such extraordinary circumstances with the kind of efficiency and aplomb that you have shown.
We have a reputation for magnanimity, but this has been one of our finest hours.

Lillian Bridwell-Bowles
Director, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Professor of English
116 Pleasant Hall (CxC); 237F Allen (English) Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-7843 (CxC); 225-578-3166 (English) http://CxC.LSU.EDU Fall Office Hours: Tues/Thurs. 9:30-10:30 and Tues 11:40-12:30 in 237F Allen; Wed. 4-5 in Pleasant Hall

Wed 9/7/2005 1:43 PM
update from LSU and Baton Rouge (posted by Marty Townsend)Lilly Bridwell-Bowles has sent the following update on the situation at Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge:

I've had little time to read listserves or nything else so I'm glad to know that our olleagues are aware of the disaster here. I wouldn't have assumed otherwise. I do, of course, watch CNN, etc., so I know what you are all seeing. Yes, LSU did, in fact, convene yesterday. I had 264 students in my class originally, and I estimate that there were about 30 new students there yesterday from New Orleans. Overall, LSU has admitted several thousand, and they are lined up outside my door to be admitted and registered. Our building is the temporary place where all this is happening. I know many have gone other places, but I also know that many want to stay close to family and friends here in Louisiana. I am so proud of what LSU is doing. We're trying to find rooms for all of them, a daunting task because Baton Rouge is congested with people from New Orleans.

Some have said that it has doubled in size. It's hard to find a loaf of bread in many grocery stores, but there are other things to eat so people with money have food. The federal help and much private support is finally arriving for those who are truly desperate. We always knew that it would, but we are still in disbelief about how long it took to get the country mobilized. I don't have time to vent my anger about the federal response. I think Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin are doing a miraculous job, considering how little they had to work with in the early days.

Rick and I are doing fine. Yesterday he took a Marine who had taken up residence in our church to Mississippi to be reunited with his mother. He had asked for emergency leave to come home to find his family, failed, and just stayed around to help with the infants and new mothers in our church (he's a med tech). Just two days ago he found out that his mother is alive and in Mississippi, with relatives, which is where Rick took him. He's one of the lucky ones.

We still have evacuees in our home--a colleague from NO who commuted to LSU and whose home is still under water and a scientist associated with the Coast Guard who's dealing with water quality (that will be a disaster for the Gulf for longer than I can imagine; he's measuring impacts upriver, here in BR). Joel [Lilly's son] is coming down next week to help in the relief efforts, so we'll really have a house full by then, but it seems right. We continue to work with the babies at UPC and LSU's emergency center hotline. It seemed very strange to try to teach yesterday. The main quad was like a funeral visitation. So many students so quiet, most with swollen eyes.

Don't let people forget that recovery will go on for years. --Lilly

Lillian Bridwell-Bowles
Director, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Professor of English
116 Pleasant Hall (CxC); 237F Allen (English) Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-7843 (CxC); 225-578-3166 (English) http://CxC.LSU.EDU Fall Office Hours: Tues/Thurs. 9:30-10:30 and Tues 11:40-12:30 in 237F Allen; Wed. 4-5 in Pleasant Hall

Sun 9/4/2005 6:43 PM
Another Note from Lilly in Baton Rouge: Ways to Help (posted by Kathi Yancey)
Dear all,
Please excuse the group mailing, but many people have asked me for concrete suggestions. If you've already contributed, please pass this email along to others who might be looking for something concrete.
The churches, synagogues, and mosques in Baton Rouge have divided up jobs so that people know what to do where. Our church, University Presbyterian, is serving as a shelter for full-term pregnant women and newborns. We need
many things, but most of all monetary contributions so that we can convert areas of our building into a sanctuary for them asap. Checks of any amount, made out to University Presbyterian, Hurricane Relief, would be
welcome beyond measure. They can be sent directly to
University Presbyterian, 3240 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 or in care of me
at 6238 Riverbend Lakes Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. An example of where the money might go: we figure it will take several thousand dollars to convert a closet next to the rest-room into a shower room. We're going ahead with this tomorrow. There are many, many other needs for these mothers and their babies. Some of these folks will be here for a long time. Another is the LSU Student Relief Fund (see ttp://lsu.edu). Many of our students are homeless now, except for their dorm rooms where they and many
of their families sought shelter. Like all contributions, these are tax deductible, of course. If people would prefer to contribute to their own charities, there are plenty of
others in dire need. If you are contributing to the American Red Cross, please be sure to designate that your contribution is for Katrina Hurricane Relief. Otherwise, it might not be channeled here. These just happen to be the charities I'm connected with. There are 100,000 displaced or homeless people in Baton Rouge alone. The LSU basketball arena is a hospital; the fieldhouse is a triage/nursing facility. I held a little one named Donee for 2 hours today. Her mother told me it was the first time she had slept since they got off the chopper.
Rick and I have been volunteering all week and taking people into our home. It goes on and on. There is just no end to what needs to be done.
Lilly and Rick
Lillian Bridwell-Bowles
Director, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Professor of English
116 Pleasant Hall (CxC); 237F Allen (English)
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-7843 (CxC); 225-578-3166 (English)
http://CxC.LSU.EDU
Fall Office Hours: Tues/Thurs. 9:30-10:30 and Tues 11:40-12:30 in 237F
Allen; Wed. 4-5 in Pleasant Hall

Wed 8/31/2005 8:49 AM
report from our WPA colleague in Baton Rouge (forwarded by Marty Townsend)
Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, director of Louisiana State University's new CXC program, has asked me to forward this message to folks on the WPA list. For those who wish to help, the Red Cross website is http://www.redcross.org. It's good to know that Lilly and her husband are OK, but it's obvious that many of her students are not.

Dear Marty-- I have no Internet access except for my Blackberry, which doesn't allow listserves, so I don't know if the WPA list members are dicussing relief efforts, but we need them. A quarter of our students and their families have had their lives permanently altered by Hurricane Katrina. LSU is closed and the basketball arena is serving as a make-shift triage hospital. The destruction in New Orleans and east of here is far worse than video can portray. Those who can should donate to the Red Cross or any other relief organization they have confidence in. I would appreciate it very much if you would forward the appropriate portions of this message to our colleagues nationally. It will be some time before I can read any lists, but Rick and I are among the lucky ones. --Lilly