(BLOOMINGTON) - Though the storm happened more than 2 years ago, Hurricane Katrina's effects are still being felt today. However, the efforts to fix the effects of the storm that essentially leveled and then drowned the Crescent City are continuing, even in our own back yard.
87-year-old Dorothy Hawkins-Brooks, an IU education alum from 1968 and now faculty emeritus at Jackson State University near the Gulf Coast, lost almost everything, including her IU diploma and dissertation, in the storm.
Hawkins-Brooks, however, knew she had to get it back if she could.
"I valued it so highly," Hawkins-Brooks said, "because Indiana University accepted me as I was, and helped me to discover myself first, and then to refine whatever skills and abilities I possess and to use those things to serve others."
IU's Dean of the School of Education, Gerardo Gonzalez, says he was touched by the request for the replacement.
Gonzalez presented Dorothy Hawkins-Brooks with her replacement diploma Monday.
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