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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed life on the Gulf Coast forever. The ripples caused by evacuations and infrastructure collapse reached across the country, and the Volunteer community was affected in many ways.

As we approach the ten-year mark of the storm’s landfall, the Office of Communications and Marketing is collecting stories from our campus community about students, faculty, and staff who were involved in and affected by the evacuation ahead of and during the storm, and in cleanup and recovery projects in the Gulf Coast region. Send us your story.

Here are some of the stories our office has worked on in the past decade about people affected by the storm and campus organizations that put their Volunteer Spirit to work in recovery efforts:

  • UT Professor to Help New Orleans Recover from Katrina: An architecture professor is part of a team that will develop the plan to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina. Mark Schimmenti is a lead urban designer on a team headed by Frederic Schwartz Architects of New York. Schimmenti said he and Schwartz—who recently taught a class on the rebuilding of New Orleans at Harvard University—have worked together on projects for more than twenty years. October 12, 2006
  • Hurricane Katrina, One Year Later: Student Evacuee Finds a New Home in Tennessee: Like other area college students, Daniel Barnes’s life is a hectic blur this August. Barnes is finishing the summer as a resident advisor at UT and preparing to move into the occupational therapy doctoral program at Belmont University. Still, the start-of-the-semester chaos this year is nothing like what he experienced last August when he was a student at Tulane University in New Orleans. August 18, 2006