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 Good News: PASSHE, PSAC establish Haiti Relief Fund program� 



SRU Good News for Jan. 25, 2010


PASSHE, PSAC establish Haiti Relief Fund program 


HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has established a relief fund to help coordinate efforts to support victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation earlier this month. 

    The PASSHE universities, working in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, will collectively accept donations during all of their men's and women's basketball games scheduled from Wednesday through Feb. 3. Funds collected during the games will be donated to the American Red Cross. 

    Slippery Rock University's home games Wednesday against Lock Haven and Saturday against Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as an away contest Feb. 3 against California, are included in the fund raising efforts. SRU's home games are played in Morrow Field House. The women tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.

    The PSAC comprises the 14 PASSHE universities and two private institutions, Gannon University and Mercyhurst College.

    A number of student groups and others at the 14 PASSHE universities are already conducting fundraisers on their own.

"We will work with the various relief agencies that are involved in the recovery effort," said PASSHE Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh. "Several of our universities have done outreach efforts in Haiti in the past. Each of our universities and this office will work to do whatever we can to assist in this situation."

    Many PASSHE students, faculty and staff have ties to Haiti. The system will reach out to those in the stricken nation to identify other ways they can help.

    Howard-Vital, president at Cheyney University and F. Javier Cevallos, president at Kutztown University, are leading the effort on PASSHE's behalf.


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