The University Student Government Association
(USGA) drew about 150 people to its Haitian Relief event on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. The USGA raised over $1,200 in cash donations and an estimated $1,000 in donated goods, according to Evan Cordes, USGA president. All proceeds go toward helping to alleviate devastation in Haiti.
Joseph O'Neill, MD, MPH, an international health expert with experience in Haiti who has been appointed by President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, to coordinate UMB's campuswide response, was the guest speaker for the event. O'Neill, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine told the students that they can be proud of what is expected to be "a very long, sustained relationship between the university and the people of Haiti," growing out of work conducted in Port-au-Prince by the School's Institute of Human Virology in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
Student Judith Kuzmak read a letter from another School of Social Work student, Blondine Alexandre, who has been active in Haiti relief efforts. Alexandre was raised in Haiti and described the beauty of her native country.