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Le Moyne Responds to the Crisis in Haiti

FROM LE MOYNE PRESIDENT FRED P. PESTELLO, Ph.D.

JANUARY 19, 2010:
Since the massive earthquake struck the nation of Haiti on Jan. 12, coverage of the disaster has dominated the news. The final toll of the disaster is still unclear. We know, however, that it will take an unprecedented response – from both a financial and human resources standpoint – to meet the needs of one of the most destructive and costly natural disasters ever recorded.

From the start, Le Moyne has been helping to raise money for the relief and recovery effort. We posted a link on our home page for those interested in giving money to the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Religious Studies Professor Donald Maldari, S.J., who lived in Haiti for two years before coming to Le Moyne, has appeared on a joint fundraising effort with three local television stations to solicit donations. Father Maldari will also give the homily at Masses this coming weekend to provide those in attendance with an idea of the current situation in Haiti, and how they can help.

As Le Moyne welcomes students back to campus this week, we are exploring other opportunities to reach out to those desperately in need of assistance. Thomas Boland, special assistant to our provost, is spearheading all activities at Le Moyne, and is convening a meeting of key campus personnel to coordinate our short- and long-term responses. Tom also will coordinate activities of the various student groups on campus to address this dire need, and we will reach out to our alumni base for assistance as well. We welcome any ideas you may have to help; contact Tom at bolandtp@lemoyne.edu to share your thoughts.

The Haitian relief effort will continue for some time. Le Moyne students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni have a proud history of reaching out to others in need, and I’m confident we will once again answer the call for assistance. I hope that you will join me and the entire Le Moyne community in praying for everyone impacted by this disaster and responding in a way that is true to our Jesuit, Catholic mission.


posted on: 1/19/2010