College of Education Community: Please continue to check your email for updates from the College and University of Houston. You also can find additional resources on the UH Harvey website, and stay connected with us on Twitter and Facebook .
Sept. 21, 2017
Seeking Donations to Help COE Students Impacted by Harvey
In the weeks since Harvey, our amazing community has pulled together to help those whose homes, cars and possessions were lost or damaged. Unfortunately the recovery process is a long one. Many of our students in the College of Education were among those seriously impacted by the storm. To help, the COE Faculty Executive Committee is sponsoring a donation drive to collect cash, gift cards and school supplies to distribute to our students in need.
The drive will take place September 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’d like to contribute, please stop by Farish Hall Suite 214 (left side of the suite) to drop off your items.
Students in need should complete this COE survey if they have not done so already. Results will be shared with the dean’s leadership team and FEC leadership. (This survey does not replace documents that students may need to fill out for UH financial aid purposes.
Together, we’re #COEStrong.
Harvey Memos from Dean McPherson
The stress of Hurricane Harvey can take a physical and emotional toll. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. To contact UH Counseling and Psychological Services, call 713-743-5454.
- If you need additional time to pay tuition, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester, it is not too late. Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to complete the application as soon as possible.
- If you or your family was financially impacted by Harvey and you need help covering basic expenses, you may apply to the Cougar Emergency Fund. Please read this overview for more information before applying here.
- The same application will allow you to file a Hurricane Harvey Financial Reconsideration Appeal.
- Students who are required to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal form for financial aid now have until Friday, Oct. 6. Submitting the form earlier is strongly encouraged because aid cannot be processed until the SAP appeal is approved.
Students awarded work-study funds as part of their financial aid awards originally had a deadline of Sept. 1 to find jobs on campus. That deadline has been extended until Sept. 22 and may be extended further on a case-by-case basis.TRAFFIC AND THE COMMUTE
We know how rough the commute to campus has been for many of you. One option for some relief is to carpool via the Waze app. It’s free to use, and the app also provides traffic and road closure information.
- The due date for the second payment installment has been extended to Monday, Oct. 16.
- The last day to arrange a payment plan or enroll in an emergency payment plan was Friday, Sept. 8.
IMPORTANT ACADEMIC DEADLINES
- The deadline for adding classes or dropping classes without getting a grade was Friday, Sept. 8. Please talk to your adviser immediately if you missed these deadlines.
- The Provost has extended the deadline for requesting an exception to add or drop classes to Friday, Sept. 15. Please seek assistance from your adviser if you need an extension. Exception requests can be emailed to email@example.com. Please identify the class and section the student wishes to add or drop, a brief explanation of the reason and need, and the student's PeopleSoft ID number. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be granted only for extenuating circumstances related to the storm.
- Last Day to Drop with a W: Tuesday, Oct. 31 (no change)
CONSIDERING DROPPING OUT?
Please, talk to your advisers first. If you cannot work out a solution, please contact UH Erollment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to attempting to withdrawal from UH.
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
The voluntary enrollment period has been extended to Thursday, Sept. 14 for students new to the plan or students renewing their coverage. The waiver submission period for international students has been extended to Sept. 14.
HOW TO HELP
- Several families of students at the UH Charter School were impacted by Harvey. Please consider donating non-perishable food, toiletries, gift cards (e.g. Walmart, Mastercard and Visa), and clothing and shoes. Cothing request is for female elementary school students: tops in youth girls’ XXL or adult small; bottoms in youth girls’ XXL or adult medium; shoes in children’s sizes 3 and 5. Donations can be dropped off in Farish Hall Room 214D. Contact Ericka Mellon at email@example.com with questions.
- The College of Education’s Staff Council is leading an effort to provide financial support to COE employees significantly affected by Harvey. Please contact Peg Spangler at mspangler@Central.UH.EDU for details.
- Keith Butcher, COE clinical assistant professor and program director of the master’s in administration and supervision program, is working with the Rotary Club of Summersville, West Virginia, to collect backpacks and school supplies for students in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for drop-off information.
- To help COE students affected by Harvey: Please consider contributing cash, gift cards or school supplies at the COE Faculty Executive Committee Donation Day event on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-off location: Farish Hall, suite 214 (left side of the suite)
- University of Houston Harvey Recovery FAQs
- Quick links to local information and resources (from UH Libraries): http://guides.lib.uh.edu/harvey
- File a claim with FEMA, whether you own or rent: https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
- Filing insurance claims: Keep copies of everything you send to your insurance company. A new Texas law (HB 1774), which took effect Sept. 1, 2017, could make recovering damages more difficult, though there’s some conflicting information about the impact. Try to take photos, with dates, of damages and to keep all receipts related to cleanup and repair. Also, be careful of contractors who knock on your door unsolicited.
Coping with stress
- Ezemenari Obasi, the College of Education’s associate dean for research and a professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, shares warning signs and strategies to reduce stress and the impact of trauma.
Working with children
- Report from the National Commission on Children and Disasters
- “The Immigrant Children of Katrina,” by UH Professor Augustina H. Reyes, Peabody Journal of Education
- “Tips to Help Children Cope with Disasters” from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Resource page for coping with disasters from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- City of Houston Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Houstonians