library helps woman earn her degree, post-Ike

Anyone who thinks that libraries are staid book depositories and nothing more isn’t paying attention. And anyone who thinks librarians are anything less than passionate beings, about their work and their calling, hasn’t met Melissa Savage. In this story from the Houston Chronicle they feature the story about how Savage got her degree despite the challenges of devastation from Hurricane Ike. It’s a very nice story.

Katy woman earns degree despite Ike
— Houston Chronicle2

Melissa Savage, 30, of Bear Creek Plantation received her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas in Denton on Dec. 12. It wasn’t easy.

During her last semester in the 36-hour degree program, Savage and her husband, Greg, found themselves temporarily homeless because of Hurricane Ike and a tornado it spawned.


Also damaged was the laptop computer she was working on to complete her final semester in UNT’s College of Information, Library Science and Technologies master’s degree distance education program.

Her friend, Cindy Schumacher, who’s known Savage since they started the master’s program two years ago, told college officials what Savage was going through. Students were supposed to take a weeklong exam in September, which wasn’t possible for everyone after Ike, said Schumacher, who lives in West University and works in a library at Annunciation Orthodox School. She said she had minimal damage after the hurricane.


According to a University of North Texas news releases, “Melissa borrowed a laptop from a relative and went to places where she could find (an) Internet connection — her office at the Cy-Fair College Branch or coffeehouses. At one point, she sat in the driveway of her damaged home, which still had Internet connectivity, to do work.”

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