College pivotal in sending books to Sudanese university

Dr. Kamal Mohamed, SUNY Oswego professor of biological sciences and a Sudanese native, traveled to South Sudan last summer, saw the barren shelves of the library at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor, South Sudan, and came away determined to help.

Sudanese natives help load books.PHOTO CAPTION 1: ‘Lost Boys’ help—Abraham Achiek, left, a 2009 SUNY Oswego graduate in geology, and Moses Khor Joh, who works at SUNY Upstate Medical University, shrink-wrap a pallet of textbooks Tuesday (May 31) bound for Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor, South Sudan. The former “Lost Boys” of war-torn South Sudan volunteered to help SUNY Oswego project leaders load 52 boxes of donated books, and other books earlier in the day from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. Marcellus Rotary volunteers Ed and Anita Diefes plan to drive the 5,000 books to Books International Goodwill in Annapolis, Md., to join 15,000 more donated books for a sea voyage to Mombasa, Kenya, then overland to the university, whose library shelves are nearly barren. Dr. Kamal Mohamed, professor of biological sciences and a Sudanese native; Dr. Patricia Clark, associate professor of English and creative writing and director of African and African-American studies; and Deborah Curry, associate librarian at Penfield Library, coordinated the project for SUNY Oswego. (SUNY Oswego photo)

Those involved in book donation gather.PHOTO CAPTION 2:  Books for Sudan—An effort spearheaded by Dr. Kamal Mohamed, right rear, SUNY Oswego professor of biological sciences and a Sudanese native, will help fill the library at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor, South Sudan. Through Books International Goodwill in Annapolis, Md., some 5,000 donated textbooks will make their way to Bor. Two former “Lost Boys” of South Sudan, Moses Kohr Joh, who works for SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Abraham Achiek, a 2009 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, second and third from the left in the back row, joined SUNY Oswego organizers and other volunteers Tuesday (May 31) to load 52 boxes of donated textbooks onto a truck that Marcellus Rotary volunteers Ed and Anita Diefes, left rear and left front, plan to drive to Annapolis. Together with other books from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University, the cargo will join 15,000 more donated books bound for the university in South Sudan. Dr. Patricia Clark, second from right in the back row, associate professor of English and creative writing and director of African and African-American studies, was co-coordinator of the SUNY Oswego effort, with the support of Dr. Lorrie Clemo, second from left in front, the college’s interim provost, and Ginny Donohue, right in front, a SUNY Oswego alumna and founder of On Point for College. (SUNY Oswego photo)

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(Posted: Jun 01, 2011)

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