The Applied Approach
Winter 2006, Vol. 2 No. 1 A newsletter for the School of Applied Sciences

Faculty, staff, students in Applied Sciences respond to needs of Katrina victims

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, several departments in the School of Applied Sciences came to the aid of families and communities damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

• The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management joined with the Mississippi Parks and Recreation Association to deliver sports equipment to Hiller Park in Biloxi. For nearly four days, the crew of faculty, students and staff also assisted with minor repair jobs and helped clean up branches, pine needles and leaves. Matt Zuefle, assistant professor in park and recreation, said, “As soon as we finished cleaning one playground area, young families with children, people on bicycles and grandparents with children came out immediately. It was immediate gratification.”

• The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences helped provide supplies to Lafayette County’s evacuation center and assisted the National Food Service Management Institute in preparing and serving food for the “Mississippi Rising” concert. Associate Professor Kathy Knight and her FCS students contributed time and packaged starter china kits to be distributed to Katrina victims who lost their homes.

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