While today’s students hear a lot about becoming men and women for others, proof that such lessons aren’t lost were easy to find following Hurricane Katrina.
Paul Verst, 1977 graduate and president of Verst Group Logistics in Kentucky, donated several semi-trailers to haul food and clothing his company collected to the Gulf Coast. Former Xavier and National Basketball Association standout Tyrone Hill provided housing in Atlanta through his foundation for those dislocated from the area.
Tom Sedler, a 1956 graduate and president of Home City Ice in Cincinnati, loaded up 950 tractor-trailers with 5.6 million bags of ice—valued at $3 million to $4 million—and sent them to New Orleans and surrounding areas. The ice was purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In all, it was about 20 percent of the ice sent to the South.
Sedler also gave $100,000 to the University to help defray the expenses of the students who came here from New Orleans schools. He wanted to make a financial contribution to New Orleans, but news reports of local corruption there worried him.
“I just didn’t feel comfortable sending money there,” he says. “I heard on the radio students were coming up to Xavier, and I knew Xavier would spend the money wisely and properly.”