Brenau Students Repeat Spring Break Katrina Aid Trip

Aug 26, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Originally published on 4/21/10

A multinational group of Brenau University and Brenau Academy students depart for the New Orleans area Sunday morning, Feb. 28, to repeat the mission initiated last year of students’ giving up their spring vacations to help in the ongoing effort to build and renovate houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Julia Clay and Kristina Rhodes, manager of Brenau’s WBCX-FM radio station, head the delegation that will spend the week working for Habitat for Humanity in Harvey, La., the suburb located just south of the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The group comprises students from both the Women’s College at Brenau University and from the grades 9-12 residential prep academy that is located on the Gainesville campus of the university.

The Brenau Academy group includes three 11th graders – Shinwoo Lee from Korea, Jenny Kong from China, and Amber Rickman from Alpharetta, Ga. Two of the three 10th graders, Gina Gee and Gyuree Kwon, are from Korea, and a third, Ariel Liu, is from China.

The Women’s College group includes Samia Stambouli, a first-year mass communication major from Saint-Denis, France; Monique Simon, a sophomore occupational therapy major from Marietta, Ga.; Julissa White, a junior mass communication major from Lithonia, Ga., Bianca Poindexter, first-year business major from Atlanta; Nancy Mizzell, a sophomore music major from Tampa, Fla.; and Judy Simon, a sophomore pre-nursing student from Marietta, Ga., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“The group that went last year had a wonderful experience,” Rhodes said. “But there is still a lot of work to be done as the community rebuilds.”

She said the group will work on a home-building project with Habitat for Humanity, but also will work in the store that provides as an extremely reduced price building materials, appliances, fixtures and furniture that have been donated.