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'Gamecocks Helping Haiti' Fund Established

Dear alumni and friends:

I am immensely grateful for the many ways that our University family has responded to the tragedy that has struck Haiti. In the short weeks since the earthquake, students have collected funds, staged a rock concert, and organized support for Haitian students.

Our students, faculty and staff continue to explore ways to help the people of Haiti. Right now, a special team of University health care personnel led by the College of Nursing and the School of Medicine — including an orthopedic surgeon, infectious disease specialist, trauma psychiatrist, and an anthropologist skilled in the language and culture of Haiti -- is preparing to bring critical health care needs to the country.

Over time, the country's needs will change. As a caring community, we are in this for the long term in a sustainable effort.

A special fund, "Gamecocks Helping Haiti," has been created for this important endeavor. It can be used in such efforts as getting the health care team to Haiti, or assisting in keeping a Haitian student in school here. The fund can also be responsive to needs that have not yet been determined.

Please consider supporting our ongoing effort by making a donation to the Gamecocks Helping Haiti fund at:

Above and beyond your regular Annual Fund giving, we ask that you consider this special appeal. Your support will make a difference.

I plan to use e-messages like this to keep you informed of the University's significant endeavors and accomplishments. I hope you find them a helpful link to the University and will let me know about other aspects of University life that matter to you.


Harris Pastides

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