During the same week in April, TWU students in Denton and Houston were being impacted by the force of mother nature.
Denton – At approximately 3:45 a.m. on April 20 at TWU Select Housing at Lone Star Apartments in Denton, a fire started following a lightning strike. Some 45 students in 4 buildings were evacuated. No injuries occurred but 16 students were unable to return to their apartments and all of their belonging were lost. Impacted students were temporarily accommodated in the Student Union with Red Cross assisting. The TWU community responded quickly and with great care to find places in other university housing, to help replace basic necessities, to provide counseling and to assure academic flexibility.
If you want to see more, here are some articles covering the Denton fire, including the initial report, the remarkable story of one young woman who helped save her fellow students and a letter from Chancellor Feyten to the Denton community.
Houston – Meanwhile, extraordinary flooding in Houston caused the campus to be closed for several days. One TWU student reported losing her transportation and her class supplies when her car was destroyed in the flood.
A Student Emergency Fund was quickly established to assist students in both locations and alumni, faculty, staff and students donated more than $30,000 to the fund.
There are certain to be students in crisis at any time. You may still donate to the Student Emergency Fund online with your credit card at the TWU Foundation online site. Please choose “other” for the account designation and type “Student Life Emergency Fund.”