Campus, community to help tsunami victims

The massive earthquake and tsunami that battered Asia may have taken place half a world away, but members the Oswego campus and community hope to help the healing process.

In lieu of charging for admission for games earlier this week, the men’s and women’s Laker basketball teams instead took monetary donations of any size for the American Red Cross International Disaster Response Fund in support of tsunami relief in Asia. Games for the undefeated men’s team included Clarkson on Thursday and St. Lawrence Friday. The undefeated women’s team hosted Hamilton on Sunday. Hundreds of dollars were raised for the cause, with an exact figure expected soon.

Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, a Sri Lanka native and an assistant professor of math, was among those who witnessed the cataclysm and managed to escape the tsunami’s wrath. He was in Sri Lanka to attend a conference at University of Peradeniya at the time. Nanthakumar is now among those urging people to give of their money and time to aid the relief effort, and has discussed his experiences and the need to rebuild with media that include The Syracuse Newspapers and The Palladium-Times.

A 2002 SUNY Oswego graduate, Melanie Yip, was among those covering the tsunami and its devastating aftermath. A public relations major, Yip is a reporter for Radio Singapore International. You can read an online edition of one of her stories, an interview with a top disaster relief official at the United Nations.

(Posted: Jan 05, 2005)