June 20 2008
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Some Indiana State University students affected by the recent flooding got a boost thanks to faculty, staff and students.
Many of students lost everything, while others suffered losses and have had to relocate, staying with friends and family. Indiana State's Dean of Students Office has been in communication with approximately 42 students who are flood victims.
The dean's office began collecting items such as personal hygiene, paper products, cleaning supplies, food and quarters for laundry earlier in the week. Indiana State students and staff and the Early Childhood Education Center donated a variety of items. The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints provided cleaning kits.
After an entire office was filled, students in need were invited to stop in and get what they needed on Friday afternoon.
Water and cleaning supplies were picked up by Tammi Hodge, a psychology and pre-med student from Marshall, Ind. She and her three children suffered damage to their furnace and water heater due to flooding on top of damage inflicted by storms that rolled through her town on June 6. To top things off, the main water line by her house burst and the water line into her house burst.
"We're okay except for waiting for the water to be turned on," she said. "It could've been much worse."
She appreciated the generosity of Indiana State's staff and students, saying she felt like part of a much larger family.
So do roommates Nathan Inman and Josh Varno, who lived in a first floor apartment of International Village. They lost everything, with the exception of clothing. Living in a temporary apartment, they appreciated the support offered by members of the ISU community.
"This really helps out a lot," Inman said.
Chris Rose, a senior safety management major living on Springhill Road along with his 16-year-old son, lost everything due to the floodwaters and the mud.
"It's devastating," he said. "I'm trying to graduate and this happens."
Rose was staying with friends, but while he was in the Dean of Students Office on Friday, he secured on-campus housing until July 25 at no charge.
"This is amazing," he said, smiling. "I'm so grateful for the help."
Despite his losses, Rose has a positive outlook on life.
"It could've been worse. We still have our lives and good health," he said. "I'll graduate in August. I can get a job and we can move on."
Contact: Carmen Tillery, dean of students, (812) 237-8111
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Indiana State University students affected by the recent flooding got a boost thanks to faculty, staff and students.