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Community Vigil February 16
To Memorialize Tsunami Victims
Released: February 8, 2005

Release #05003
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STORRS, Conn. — A relief vigil will be held in the University of Connecticut’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., memorializing the more than 200,000 victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged a dozen countries in South and Southern Asia.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Multicultural and International Affairs, the UConn Tsunami Relief Vigil will be a solemn event, with a candle representing each country that suffered a human toll; brief comments from UConn students who live or have family in the countries; prayer; and music, performed by the University Festival Chorus and a troupe from Wesleyan University that specializes in gamelon, traditional Muslim music.

Ronald Taylor, senior vice provost for multicultural and international affairs at UConn, and Suman Singha, vice provost for academic programs, will address the guests. Robert Fuller, head of the emergency department at the UConn Health Center, also will speak during the event, discussing his trip to Banda Aceh, one of the hardest hit areas. He and Dr. Matthew Howell, an emergency room physician at the Health Center, spent several weeks in the country helping the ill and injured.

“The losses the people of these countries have suffered are unimaginable,” says Taylor. “It is incumbent upon us, as citizens of the world and as friends and colleagues of dozens of students, faculty and staff from the affected lands, to come together and send our thoughts of love and hope to all those affected by the disaster.”

The vigil is open to the public. Relief organizations will be present to accept donations.

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