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News of Campus Activities–as of 9 p.m. Friday.
News of Campus Activities–as of 9 p.m. Friday.September 13, 2001Kevin Morrowkdmorrow@syr.edu
Following is the latest information, as of Friday night, from Syracuse University of campus activities in response to Tuesday’s terrorist incidents. This information supplements previous information packets.
U.S. Flag Flies Atop the Carrier Dome
This afternoon, the Carrier Dome staff installed an American flag measuring 6 feet by 10 feet to the center lightning rod of the Dome roof. The flag is flying at half staff and is illuminated at night by a spotlight that was also installed today.
Remarkable Response to Call for Clothing Items Destined for NYC Relief Workers
Under the category of “Wow!”: The effort begun Thursday and ending Friday at 5 p.m. to gather T-shirts and socks to be donated to relief workers in New York City was nothing short of phenomenal. Close to 200 boxes and bags of new shirts and socks were collected at the Schine Student Center and Hendricks Chapel. Physical Plant staff transported the thousands of items to a tractor trailer at ShoppingTown Mall; Salvation Army drivers will deliver them to waiting relief workers in Manhattan. Many of the shirts and socks had messages from the donors such as “We love you,” “You are our heroes” and “How can we ever thank you.” Says Pam Kirwin Heintz, director of the Center for Public and Community Service: “The human spirit is well and strong at SU and in our community in spite of the pain it is suffering at the moment.” Indeed.
CPCS Provides Shuttle to Regional Transportation Center
Any student needing transportation from campus to the Regional Transportation Center terminal Saturday or Sunday should call 443-4566, and the Center for Public and Community Service’s on-call van drivers will be dispatched to pick up and transport the student from his/her residence to the Regional Transportation Center. Students need to allow enough time because the drivers need to get to campus to pick up the van. Students should be prepared to show their SU I.D. in order to access the van. Beginning Monday, this service will continue, but students should call CPCS at 443-3051 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. weekdays, the Saturday-Sunday procedure described above should be followed.
Aid for Students Directly Affected by Tuesday’s Terrorist Acts
Any SU student who has lost a supporting parent, custodian or spouse as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., or Pennsylvania will be afforded special financial consideration. Those who must take an official leave of absence for the current (Fall 2001) semester will receive a grant for all pending charges for the fall semester and will be eligible to receive special financial consideration in the Spring 2002 semester.
Students whose supporting parent, custodian or spouse has lost employment and/or income because of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., will be eligible for special grant assistance for the current academic year. Such responses will be individual in nature and will be predicated on the particular circumstances of each case.
All students who have been affected by these tragedies should make their situations known to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs in Archbold North as soon as possible.
Opportunity to Reflect Offered on the Web, in the Syracuse Record
A reminder: Members of the University community are invited to offer their reflections on Tuesday’s tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to be shared with others who are affected by what has happened. Those who would like to share their feelings are invited to send expressions to the following e-mail address: email@example.com. Individuals are asked to provide name and hometown or place of current residence (e.g.: Fayetteville, Solvay, etc.). Messages will be posted on a special page of the Syracuse University News site (http://sunews.syr.edu) and will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Syracuse Record.
Academic Assistance Available to Students
Another reminder: Students who are experiencing emotional stress or who are having difficulty meeting their academic demands as a result of Tuesday’s terrorist acts may call the Division of Student Support and Retention for assistance. Academic counselors are available to listen and make appropriate referrals to other campus support services. They will also assist students to develop an action plan and follow their issues through to a suitable resolution. Students seeking assistance can call 443-5045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselors, Chaplains Available
One more reminder: For those who want to talk about Tuesday’s incidents, counselors for students are available through the Counseling Center at 443-4715 during the day and 443-2666 after 5 p.m.; the chaplains of Hendricks Chapel are available at 443-2901; and the Employee Assistance Program is available for faculty and staff at 443-1087.
Bird Library Extend First-Floor Study Area Hours
E.S. Bird Library’s first-floor study area has extended hours to midnight Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. A valid SU I.D. card is required to enter the building.
Red Cross Phone Number
The Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund phone number is 1-800-HELP NOW. Donations are now being accepted.
Other Important Numbers
If you believe your family or loved ones were aboard one of the flights involved in the attacks, information is available from American Airlines (1-800-245-0999) and American Airlines (1-800-932-8555). Help is also available from Pentagon Family Assistance (1-800-487-3450) and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime /p>