September 30, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - More than $22,400 was raised by Bucknell employees, alumni and parents, and trustees for the Bucknell University Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. (Read more: The Campus Response.)


"The Bucknell community asked how it could help and this substantial donation is just one example of our community's response and generosity," said President Brian C. Mitchell, who announced the creation of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund Sept. 9.


A check for $22,410 was presented to Susquehanna Bank Friday morning for the American Red Cross - Katrina Relief Fund.


Mitchell said the cash donation would help to serve immediate relief needs, but that there remained a need to develop a broad and more long-lasting connection between Bucknell and the southeastern states.


"Opportunities exist for service learning similar to our efforts in Nicaragua," Mitchell said. "Over the long term, Bucknell is committed to participating in the rebuilding effort, which we know will be significant."


The Bucknell response to the hurricane has been far-reaching.


Over Labor Day weekend, Bucknell opened its doors to 20 Tulane University students whose New Orleans campus was shuttered for the fall semester as a result of flooding and other damage.


Meantime, student organizations continue to collect supplies and donations on behalf of the American Red Cross.


On Saturday, Oct. 1, students will create a human chain from the Elaine Langone Center to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium to move hundreds of shoe-sized boxes filled with personal hygiene items to a 53-foot-tractor trailer that will depart for a hurricane relief center in Louisiana next week.


The public and alumni who are attending weekend Homecoming festivities at Bucknell are welcome to bring selected supplies to the truck from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on what items are needed, call 570-577-1638.




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