September 15, 2005
Source: University of Calgary:
Student and professor displaced by Hurricane Katrina find home at U of C
Graduate student Zdanna King and her faculty adviser, Katherine Jack, recently found a home at the University of Calgary after fleeing New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
King had recently rented a house in New Orleans and was preparing to begin her PhD track program in anthropology when the approaching hurricane forced her to leave the city. After a brief stop in Houston and Oregon, she eventually made her way to Calgary, where her faculty adviser, Jack, has been given visiting professor status.
Jack, an assistant professor of anthropology at Tulane University, was in Calgary for a family wedding at the time of the hurricane. After flying to Houston to pick up her two dogs and two laptops, which a friend had rescued from her New Orleans home, Jack and her husband returned to Calgary. They are now staying with family.
Tulane University was hard hit by the hurricane, and all classes have been cancelled pending cleanup.
Soon after the hurricane, the University of Calgary joined other Canadian and U.S. universities and declared their willingness to accept displaced students.
“I’m glad we can assist this student,” said University of Calgary President Harvey Weingarten. “This is a clear case where, as a community of universities, we should offer any assistance that we can.”
Jack, who researches primatology, has been able to resume her research at the U of C. “Having a place to continue my work is amazing,” she said.
Jack and King will be available to speak with the media today from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
New Orleans university student and her faculty adviser
Today, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SS 830 (Social Science tower)
For more information, contact media relations adviser Greg Harris, 220-3506 or 540-7306 (cell).
Associate Director, Communications
University of Calgary