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Ohio University launches hurricane-relief campaign

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 6, 2005) -- Ohio University students and employees are spearheading a university-wide effort to help the American Red Cross assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in a fund-raising campaign through Sept. 23. Groups providing leadership to the campaign include Student Senate, Faculty Senate, Classified Senate, Administrative Senate and AFSCME.

Students will maintain collection points throughout campus to collect donations for the Red Cross. Those wishing to contribute by check can mail contributions to the local chapter of the Red Cross, 100 May Ave., Athens, Ohio, 45701 and mark "Disaster Relief ? Ohio University" to designate the gift as part of the Ohio University fund-raising effort.

"As a university community, we open our arms to those affected by this terrible disaster. College is a time for learning, and this offers an opportunity to learn the virtue of shared sacrifice and the importance of helping those in distress," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said.

The president and the university's senior officers kicked off the fund-raising effort with $2,000 in personal donations.

There will be an additional fund-raising effort at Friday evening's football game between the Ohio University Bobcats and University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Peden Stadium. Ohio Athletics is partnering with the American Red Cross, the Green and White Club, Master of Business Administration/Master of Sports Administration students and Student Senate for "Four Quarters for Disaster Relief."

As part of the fund-raising drive, collections will be taken at Tail-Great Park and at Peden Stadium.

The university continues to take steps so that those whose college careers have been interrupted by the hurricane can attend Ohio University until their universities and colleges are operational. Among steps being taken, the university is expediting the admissions, financial aid and housing process to help students displaced by the hurricane resume their studies. To date, seven displaced students have been admitted to the university.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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