Southeast Students Seeking Donations for Tsunami Relief

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 2, 2005 – Students at Southeast Missouri State University are seeking donations Feb. 7-11 to assist with relief efforts for victims of the tsunami which devastated the Indian Ocean region in late December.

American Red Cross collection cans will be set up in the University Center, Robert A. Dempster Hall and the Towers Complex next week so that students may join in the effort. Donations also will be accepted Feb. 12 at the Southeast vs. Tennessee State men’s and women’s basketball games at the Show Me Center.

During half time of the men’s game, a check will be presented to Mary Burton, executive director of the American Red Cross in Cape Girardeau, for the total collected throughout the week. Burton will forward the donations to the International Red Cross. Donations to the American Red Cross provide tsunami survivors with nutritious food, basic supplies such as tents and hygiene items, basic healthcare and the support they need to cope with the trauma they have experienced.

“Isn’t it wonderful when we come together as a world community to help out each other in a time of need?” Burton said.

Friends Without Borders, Southeast student athletes and students in Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity are coordinating the effort. Friends Without Borders is a student organization at Southeast that brings together international and U.S. students. Members of the organization have assisted with Habitat for Humanity projects and construction of the Red House. Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest co-ed business fraternity in the United States.

“Our office is excited about the opportunity to work with these different groups of students to support the effort of a worthy cause,” said Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of International Programs at Southeast. “International students on campus who are thousands of miles from home have been quick to respond to such disasters through the years. We appreciate the University’s and the community’s support.”

Chondamma Gummatira, student activities coordinator with Southeast’s Office of International Programs,  added, “A few of our international students were personally affected by the disaster, so it really means a lot to them that we are trying to raise the funds. Due to the diverse background of University students, faculty and staff, I think it will benefit all the members involved. It will help us promote world peace by working together for a good cause.”