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Volume 84 • Number 4
Spring 2007

Acceptable Risk?
In the wake of Katrina, alumni living in the Gulf region weigh their options

When Katrina smacked down on the Gulf coast Aug. 29, 2005, 800,000 people were left homeless overnight. Safe in Carlisle, members of the college administration and faculty pondered the fate of our alumni. Back then, we had about 32 graduates living in the New Orleans area (an estimated 18 live there now). Associate Vice President Karen Neely Faryniak ’86 sent a query to those who had e-mail addresses, and 16 wrote back to reassure the college community that they had escaped safely.

Recently, we contacted several of those who responded and asked them about life post-Katrina. Did they return to their homes in the risky environment, or did they rebuild their lives elsewhere? Their stories follow.

While our Katrina content continues with stories about a few of our many alumni, students and staff members who volunteered to help clean up the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, we present other articles related to the theme of risk.

We profile Sharon Sozio Osberg ’71, who has taken the bold step of playing bridge with the world’s richest men, and catch up with students whose first-year seminar studied the human costs of wars and other disasters. We check in with students and alumni on track for careers in actuarial science—risk prediction—and psychology professors Tony Rauhut and Marie Helweg-Larsen, whose research centers on nicotine cravings and high-risk behaviors.

If you have Katrina-related stories to tell, please e-mail them to <dsonmag@dickinson.edu>, or via U.S. post to Dickinson Magazine, Dickinson College, Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013. We’ll run them in a future print or online edition.

To view more New Orleans photos by Harold Baquet, go to www.loyno.edu/baquet.


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