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University of Iowa News Release

April 14, 2006

Photos: UI President David J. Skorton, Vice President for Student Services Phil Jones and Provost Michael Hogan survey the damage at the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house, which was heavily damaged in Thursday's storms. Click each photo for a high-resolution version of the image.

Statement By David Skorton, University Of Iowa In The Aftermath Of The April 13 Tornadoes In Iowa City

"We are grateful that our students and others in the University of Iowa community have been spared from serious injury in the wake of the tornadoes that caused so much damage last night in Iowa City. We are especially grateful to the students and other community members who took in students who were displaced from their residences last night. Those actions were the epitome of what we mean by 'community.'"

"To our students and their parents, please know that we will do everything we can to help you deal with issues of housing, clothing and food. Likewise, we will be as accommodating as we can regarding your classes and studies, especially for those who are without housing. Provost Michael Hogan has sent an e-mail to all students which outlines options for coursework this semester if the tornadoes have created serious impediments to completing all or part of their schoolwork. Students and parents with questions may also call the Provost’s office at (319) 335-3565 beginning Monday, April 17 at 8 a.m.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the many service personnel who put their own lives at risk last night to make sure others were safe. That includes our own University of Iowa Police Department, Iowa City police and fire fighters, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, the National Guard, and the myriad of police and fire fighters from surrounding communities who answered the call for help. Just as importantly, we thank the employees of the power companies who were out all night and through today to deal with downed power lines and other safety hazards. We are also aware that employees of local construction companies were also out lending a hand, and we thank them as well.

"I want to especially thank the staff of the Daily Iowan and other area news media who helped us get out word of the opportunities for shelter and who alerted the community that we were canceling classes. Similarly, I'm thankful to Vice President for Student Services Phillip Jones and his staff in Student Life and Residence Services for setting up shelter in the Iowa Memorial Union. My appreciation goes out to Don Guckert and his Facilities Management staff for their timely actions. And finally, my thanks to Steve Parrott and his University Relations staff, and to the members of our Information Technology Services staff for spreading the word about the storm and its aftermath.

"There is still much work to be done to get us back to a semblance of normality, especially in our off-campus student housing areas. But working together, we will recover. "

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972