Volume 79 | Issue 5
September 2011

Picking up the Pieces: Campus communities deal with the aftermath of tornadoes

This year has already set a record for economic loss from natural disasters—one of the top three most expensive ordeals was the tornado outbreak in the United States.

Many campuses dealt firsthand with the devastation rendered by tornadoes. On April 16, a tornado swept through the campus of Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. Eleven days later, Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama, was ravaged by an EF-4 tornado. The city of Joplin, Mo., and Missouri Southern State University were hit by a tornado on May 22. And another tornado hit Springfield, Mass., 10 days later, causing damage on the Springfield College campus.

Three months. Four tornadoes. Hundreds of lives lost. Millions of dollars in damage done. Despite the tragedy, the staff, faculty, and students on these four campuses rallied, not only picking up the pieces of their own lives, but also assisting in community relief and recovery efforts. These are their stories.

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