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University community responds to victims of Superstorm Sandy
11/08/12

The Alfred University (AU) community is working on a number of fronts to lend its support to current students, and alumni affected by Superstorm Sandy’s wrath.

 “Our campus was fortunate to escape harm from the hurricane. Although we can hardly imagine what our students, colleagues, and alumni in the stricken areas are continuing to experience, we want them to know the Alfred University family is concerned and supportive,” said Kathy Woughter, vice president for Student Affairs.

            Student organizations and sports teams have already begun to plan fund raisers, she said. In fact, the football team took the opportunity to collect funds during last week’s final home football game of the season.

“Student-athletes at AU have great empathy for the victims of Sandy because we not only have dozens of our own students impacted by the incredible damage it has caused, but also have an Empire 8 Conference member in Stevens Institute that was right in the eye of the storm in Hoboken, NJ. Our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee quickly mobilized to create a fundraiser at our final home football game to assist in whatever way we can,” said Paul Vecchio, athletics director.

Woughter noted Student Affairs is asking clubs/organizations to partner in developing a textbook fund for next semester’s books to be used by current students who have suffered losses from the storm. Already onboard, the Design Alliance will conduct a holiday art auction with the proceeds benefiting the textbook fund. The Middle Eastern Dance Organization collected funds at its recent Hafla celebration.

She added that those students who are having difficulties dealing with the storm’s aftermath are encouraged to contact Counseling Services at 607.871.2300 for confidential assistance.

Also, the Admissions Office has modified deadlines and waived application fees for prospective students in the communities which took a direct hit from Sandy, said Woughter.

A Web page has been created – Alumni Helping Alumni – where University alumni may post information about activities they are spearheading, such as fund-raisers, clothing/food drives, housing searches, etc. Go to:  http://www.alfred.edu/alumni/sandy-update.cfm.