Students to Help Rebuild Two Cities Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina

Semester in the South 2011 group with President AndersonFor the second consecutive year, Alfred State College senior carpentry students enrolled in the College’s Building Trades programs embarked on a “Semester in the South” where they will use the skills they acquired during their first year of study to help rebuild two cities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina six years ago: New Orleans, LA, and Bay St. Louis, MS. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Norm Ellis, and in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese in the 7th Ward, New Orleans, and Habitat for Humanity in Bay St. Louis, 13 students will spend 15 weeks sawing, hammering, and building houses for those who continue to be displaced by the storm. Pictured here, getting ready to hit the ground running are, l-r: Ellis; Paul Ehrke, Amherst; Nathan Haines, Penn Yan; Brandon Richardson, Basom; Timothy Doherty, Jr., Belmont; Quentin Humphrey, LeRoy; George Peseky, Elmira; College President Dr. John M. Anderson, (wishing them bon voyage); Frank Cosco, West Seneca; Logan Rappleye, Watkins Glen; Anthony Palella, Fairport; Sean O’Donnell, Grand Island; and Brandon Perkins, Rochester. (missing from photo: Walter Soroko, Westfield, PA; and Joshua Kellogg, Waterville.)