UIU collecting donations for Nepal earthquake victims

FAYETTE, Iowa (April 28, 2105) - With over 80 Nepalese students currently attending Upper Iowa University's campus in Fayette, Iowa, university faculty, staff, and students are assisting to collect funds through Friday, May 1, for the Red Cross and those impacted by the recent earthquake in Nepal.

As part of the ongoing relief effort, the UIU Center for International Education and UIU Office of Student Development is partnering with students Bikash Sherpa, Nishan Thapaliya and Anjeela Magaar to collect donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at a marked table in the UIU Student Center Commons on the Fayette campus. Although the Red Cross does not accept donations of clothing and other items, the UIU students are working with other organizations on a similar initiative.

"To date, we have identified very few students who have family members that have been directly affected by the earthquake.  However, our students all have loved ones impacted by this disaster, and we will continue to support our students in every way possible," said UIU President Dr. William Duffy on Monday. "We also appreciate the e-mails and calls throughout our Peacock Nation seeking ways to assist our students, their families, and support those in Nepal."

A candlelight vigil was held following Tuesday's senior social and Mocking Bird Sun concert. During the outdoor concert on Grace Meyer Square, participants had the opportunity to sign lanterns that will be released during the vigil.  Following the concert there were brief remarks, music, and the lantern release. A free-will offering was available as part of the University's fund-raising for victims of the earthquake. Donations will also be collected during the UIU Choir Concert on Thursday, April 30, and CIE (Center for International Education) graduation reception on Friday, May 1. In addition, Fayette area churches are being requested to accept donated items.

For more information about the UIU Relief Effort for Nepal, please contact Nadia Korobova, UIU assistant vice-president for international education, at korobovan57@uiu.edu, or (563) 425-5864.

For those interested in providing support and/or donations directly to the Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org (please indicate "Nepal Earthquake Relief" for your Red Cross donation).

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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