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John Colatch, director of religious life and College chaplain, sent this message today to the campus community:

Beginning today, members of the campus community can support hurricane relief efforts by purchasing Mardi Gras-style beads from noon to 1 p.m. in Farinon College Center and Marquis Dining Hall. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. Student organizations, including Keefe Volunteer Floor, are collaborating in the initiative, which is scheduled to continue at least through next week.

Additional fundraising efforts are being planned and will be announced.

A brown-bag discussion on race and class issues surrounding the hurricane disaster has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, in Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall. More information on the program will follow. You are reminded that this evening at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Yesterday afternoon representatives of many student organizations and other members of the campus community came together to learn more about the disaster and exchange ideas for supporting immediate and longer-term relief efforts. The forum was facilitated by Amber Zuber, the new coordinator of the Landis Community Outreach Center, and Stephanie Cote, the former coordinator who is continuing her service during the transition in the center’s leadership.

I would like to emphasize the need for communication and coordination as the community continues considering ways to help. For Lafayette’s efforts to be most effective in relieving the suffering of those affected by Katrina’s monumental devastation, it is vital that the efforts be coordinated and not in competition, intentionally or otherwise.

A wonderful spirit of collaboration and cooperation was very much in evidence in yesterday’s gathering. In accordance with that spirit, I would like to request that groups or individuals with ideas for relief efforts communicate with the Landis Center as the clearing house for information on what our community is doing, what assistance may be needed with specific initiatives, etc. You can reach Amber at x5653.

A campus-wide committee is being formed with the charge of developing a sustainable approach to relief efforts over the long term. For information on the committee and its work, you can reach me at x5320.

Previous articles:
Lafayette Responds to Hurricane Katrina Disaster (9/2/05)
Update (9/6/05)

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