Southeast Spearheading Ecuador Earthquake Relief Effort


Academic Hall springCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 22, 2016– The Office of the President has joined with the Student Organization of Latinos, the Brazilian Student Association, and the Department of Global Cultures and Languages at Southeast Missouri State University in supporting a fund-raising effort for victims of the earthquake devastation in Ecuador.

“The sheer magnitude of this event and the suffering it has caused and continues to cause to so many should kindle in all of us a desire to reach out and help those who are in such desperate need,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

The Student Organization of Latinos and the Brazilian Student Association will be accepting donations in the University Center from noon to 1 p.m., April 25-29. Donations can also be dropped off at the Department of Global Cultures and Languages, Art Building 203. All cash and check donations will be given to the American Red Cross for the Ecuador Relief Effort. Checks may be made payable to the American Red Cross with a memo – Ecuador Relief Effort.

One hundred percent of each donation will be directed to the Ecuador relief effort if donors designate “Ecuador Relief Effort” on the memo line of their check.

Additionally, students will be accepting donations throughout Latino Weekend, including the Brazilian Carnival, hosted by the Brazilian Student Association, at 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 N. Ellis Street, in Cape Girardeau; or Latino Night, hosted by the Student Organization of Latinos, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 30, in the west gym of the Student Recreation Center-North.

For more information, contact Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano at or call 651-2146.