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To respond to immediate needs, current efforts are focused on education and communication within the Lafayette family, fundraising, and serving students enrolled at colleges in the devastated region.

At 4:15 today an open forum will be held in the Farinon Center’s Marlo Room, where members of the campus community may discuss and coordinate planned relief efforts, including raising funds to support the efforts of humanitarian groups providing for those affected by the emergency. There will be an informal presentation including information about and images of the disaster.

At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow a panel discussion will be held in Colton Chapel featuring representatives from the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Salvation Army and Dru Germanoski, Dr. Ervin R. VanArtsdalen ’35 Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, whose areas of expertise include flooding. Organizers have also invited local emergency first responders to provide perspective on emergency preparedness and managing response procedures.

Amber Zuber (x5653), coordinator of the Landis Community Outreach Center, and John Colatch (x5320), director of religious life and College chaplain, are working with representatives of student organizations and administrative offices on both of these events.

The College is dealing as quickly as possible, on a case-by-case basis, with many inquiries received over the last few days from students enrolled at colleges and universities in the devastated area. A small number of students from Tulane University and Loyola University have enrolled at Lafayette and moved into campus housing, according to Carol Rowlands (x5100), director of admissions. The process is still ongoing, and the number of displaced students enrolling may grow over the next few days.

A working group representing all sectors of the campus community will continue exploring additional, new initiatives to help in the intermediate and long term.

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