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PASSHE Establishes Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has established a relief fund to support earthquake victims in Haiti. Efforts include collecting donations at Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference basketball games. The following information was provided by PASSHE:

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

A number of student groups and others at the fourteen PASSHE universities already have conducted several fund-raisers on their own.

The universities, working in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), will collectively accept donations during all of their men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled from January 27 through February 3, 2010 (See below for game dates and collection times). Funds collected during the games will be donated to the American Red Cross.

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

“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.”

Cheyney and Kutztown Universities of Pennsylvania will coordinate the systemwide efforts. All funds received through those joint projects will be sent to the PASSHE Foundation and then forwarded to relief agencies that are directly involved with disaster recovery.

“As faculty and students return to classes at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions, students look forward to commencing their studies and to contributing to the relief effort for Haiti,” said Cheyney President Michelle Howard-Vital.

“Chancellor Cavanaugh and the PASSHE university presidents will work together to help coordinate the activities of the student government organizations and other groups on the campuses who want to assist the residents of Haiti with needed funds and supplies.”

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. Dr. Howard-Vital and Kutztown University President F. Javier Cevallos will lead that effort on behalf of PASSHE.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth, with nearly 117,000 students. The fourteen PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Approximately 454,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.

PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City, and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

Please note that the Office of Service Learning is coordinating earthquake-relief efforts at IUP. See Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts.

Game Schedule

Schedule of games where donations will be accepted (time listed is for women’s game; men’s game follows):

January 27

  • Edinboro at Gannon, 5:30 p.m.
  • California at Indiana, 5:30 p.m.
  • West Chester at Kutztown, 6:00 p.m.
  • Lock Haven at Slippery Rock, 6:00 p.m.
  • Mercyhurst at Clarion, 6:00 p.m.
  • Millersville at Cheyney, 6:00 p.m.
  • Mansfield at East Stroudsburg, 6:00 p.m.
  • Bloomsburg at Shippensburg, 6:00 p.m.

January 30

  • Millersville at Mansfield, 1:00 p.m.
  • Edinboro at Clarion, 1:00 p.m.
  • West Chester at East Stroudsburg, 1:00 p.m.
  • Mercyhurst at California, 1:00 p.m.
  • Kutztown at Bloomsburg, 1:00 p.m.
  • Cheyney at Shippensburg, 1:00 p.m.
  • Gannon at Lock Haven, 5:00 p.m.
  • Indiana at Slippery Rock, 6:00 p.m.

February 3

  • Mansfield at Bloomsburg, 5:30 p.m.
  • Gannon at Mercyhurst, 5:30 p.m.
  • Edinboro at Indiana, 5:30 p.m.
  • Clarion at Lock Haven, 6:00 p.m.
  • Shippensburg at West Chester, 6:00 p.m.
  • Cheyney at Kutztown, 6:00 p.m.
  • East Stroudsburg at Millersville, 6:00 p.m.
  • Slippery Rock at California, 6:00 p.m.
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