Message from the President
January 15, 2010
In the face of the massive destruction and loss of life in Haiti, the University at Albany is fulfilling its mission of service by providing immediate humanitarian assistance, support and relief to the millions of those in need.
The University has launched a campus-wide campaign called the UAlbany Haiti Relief Fund, administered by University Auxiliary Services (UAS). For every dollar donated to the fund, UAS has pledged to provide a one-for-one matching gift.
Compassion and generosity have always defined the character of the UAlbany community, and I urge you to join me in UAlbany's effort to provide this essential assistance for the rescue efforts in Haiti.
To make a contribution in support of this special effort, please do the following:
Make your check payable to:
University Auxiliary Services
Mail or stop by:
University Auxiliary Services
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
For cash or credit card contributions, please feel free to call (518) 442-5950 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For PayPal donations, visit the UAlbany Haiti Relief Fund Web site, http://www.albany.edu/haiti_relief_fund/.
In the coming weeks, we will establish donation locations in the Campus Center, residence halls, and elsewhere on campus. Contributions to University at Albany Haiti Relief Fund will be accepted through June 30, 2010. Every dollar raised will be passed on to reputable charitable organizations.
The UAlbany Haiti Relief Web site, which is linked from the University home page, will also serve as a clearinghouse to update the campus community, and provide information about special relief and awareness efforts advanced by the campus community.
This tragic event has touched our very own UAlbany community as well, including students, faculty, and alumni who either live, work or have family members in Haiti.
We are currently working to identify and provide support to students who may have been directly or indirectly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. This support includes access to counseling services, the provision of academic accommodations, and assistance to family, friends and loved ones affected by the tragedy to the extent possible.
We are reaching out to faculty and staff across the campus to identify, monitor and provide assistance to those impacted by this devastating natural disaster. For example, Rockefeller College's Center for International Development (CID) is currently engaged in a project to support the Haitian parliament. We remain in continual contact with the CID staff member in Haiti, who has decided to remain in the country to ensure that his team of 20 Haitians and two Canadians are safe and secure.
Thank you in advance for your support to help those who have been impacted by the tragic and devastating events in Haiti. Through our collective generosity, the University at Albany can make a real difference in the lives of so many in need.
George M. Philip