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Kevin Ello of Metairie, right, and his roommate
Greg Lampard of St. Rose, both Loyola University seniors now attending
Southeastern Louisiana University, talk about how they plan to personalize
their dorm room. The university opened one of its older dormitories to
accommodate the influx of displaced students.
SOUTHEASTERN ENROLLMENT INCREASES WITH GUEST
HAMMOND -- With an influx
of more than 1,000 guest students from the New Orleans and gulf coast areas,
Southeastern Louisiana University’s enrollment is expected to surpass the
The unofficial enrollment
figure reached 16,311 Tuesday (Sept. 13). Southeastern had processed 1,360
applications for visiting students, with over 1,000 of the applicants having
registered for classes. Applicants include more than 520 from the University
of New Orleans, 450 from Delgado Community College, and the remainder from
other universities and colleges.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina,
Southeastern had an unofficial enrollment of 15,526, which exceeded the
university’s enrollment goals for fall 2005, the first semester of full
implementation of the Board of Regents’ master plan. To date, 240 of those
students have resigned from the university due to the hurricane. Registration
will continue through Friday (Sept. 16).
high enrollment was in fall 2003 when the university had a total of 15,662
President Randy Moffett welcomed the visiting students to the Southeastern
family at sessions on Saturday and Monday. He said that university
officials are trying to accommodate the students’ course needs as much
as possible. In addition, Southeastern will offer a compressed, eight-week
semester beginning Oct. 20.
“This is a very difficult
process for these students, many of whom were just starting their college
careers, others who are close to graduating,” Moffett said. “We’re glad
to be able to provide them with a home – even if only on a temporary basis
– and enable them to continue toward their educational goals.”
As he began checking into
his dorm room, visiting freshman Israel Mondy of Waggaman – previously
a pre-pharmacy major at Xavier University – said he was able to get most
of the classes that he would have been taking at Xavier, where he had been
enrolled for only his first week before Katrina hit.
“Everyone has been helpful
and we’ve been treated great,” he remarked.
UNO biology junior Monica
Hingle of Chalmette said the move to a new university is a big change for
her. “The science faculty has been very helpful in making the switch,”
she said. “And we’ll get through this just like we’ve gotten through everything
else to this point.”
To accommodate the additional
students, Southeastern opened a previously closed dormitory. Dubbed “Old
Taylor” to distinguish it from the new Taylor Hall, the dormitory will
be able to house more than 400 students. With this influx of
visiting students, Southeastern is currently housing more than 2,300 students
Cardinal Newman dormitory,
which had been closed for renovation, is serving as home for Southeastern
faculty and staff and their families who are temporarily displaced due
to the hurricane.