Wisconsin Lutheran College Student Body Makes "Hairy" Deal with President to Raise Funds for Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

September 13, 2005

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College Student Senate has set a goal for the students to raise more than $5,000 during the month of September to aid Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As an incentive to fundraising, Dr. Timothy Kriewall, the college's president, has agreed to dye his hair the color the students choose once the $5,000 goal is met. As of September 13, only five days after the start of collection, the students have raised more than $4,500. With only $500 to go, President Kriewall will soon be sporting a new hair color.

"Watching the devastation of Hurricane Katrina unfold before my eyes on the news, I knew that it was important to unite this school for a common cause," said Christie Frost, student activities representative. "I knew that all of us on the Student Senate could use our positions to do something to help."

During the lunch and dinner hours from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through October 1, members of Student Senate are staffing a booth where students, faculty, staff and alumni can donate money.

"WLC only has about 700 students, but I'm confident that we can raise more than $5,000. That amount is just a benchmark; we're sure that the college family will surpass it," said Frost.

Other members of the staff and faculty have also agreed to dye their hair once the students reach predetermined goals. So far, four members of the faculty and staff have changed their hair color for the cause.

The funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross and to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Committee on Relief. Any donations made to the WELS Committee on Relief by a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans member will be matched one dollar for every two dollars by Thrivent.

For more information, including the date and time President Kriewall will have his hair dyed, contact Erin Kogler at (414) 443-8944.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.