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Business as usual, but not normal

August 10th, 2009

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Admissions Director Jenny Sawyer helps an incoming student in her makeshift office.

“We’re buddying up and making do,” said Cathy Leist, director of the University of Louisville’s REACH program as she and her staff prepared to make room in Strickler Hall for displaced staff from Financial Aid, Admissions and the Registrar. Houchens Building, their usual location, remains closed for cleanup following the Aug. 4 flood.

Tables set up as makeshift desks throughout the REACH office resembled a phonathon more than administrative offices, but staff settled in to help students.

“They’ve been so cooperative and so kind to us,” said Pat Arauz, financial aid director, of her hosts in the REACH office.

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Admission staff work at their temporary desks.

Resettling displaced staff took the efforts of several offices, not just the affected office and the hosts. Information Technology has worked around the clock since the flood not only to re-establish Internet service in flooded buildings but also to establish service to temporary locations. Physical Plant has helped move records and equipment.

Everyone has done a great job getting the new locations set up, said Provost Shirley Willihnganz.

“They have pitched in to make it work,” she said.

Relocated Offices:
Admissions, Financial Aid, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and Registrar are in Room 126, Strickler Hall.

Bursar is located at Cardinal Arena Access, Floyd Street and Cardinal Boulevard across from Ulmer Softball Stadium (details).

Career Center and Counseling Center have relocated to Stevenson Hall. They are expected to be open for appointments and walk-in traffic Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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