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BEHIND the NEws Helping Haiti Institutional efforts to support relief following massive earthquake Since the January 12 earthquake that decimated haiti, u.S. colleges and universities have continued to carry out aid initiatives to support relief efforts. as would be expected, some of those efforts are more traditional (think fundraisers and collection drives), while others involve technology (including social media, websites, and wikis). Other institutions have taken more creative measures. two weeks after the tragedy occurred, the new course “haitian creole for the haitian recovery” made its debut at Duke. While it’s a full semester course, its aim is to provide a quick lesson in language and culture for those to be involved in relief efforts. haitian specialist Deborah Jenson, a professor of romance studies, developed the curriculum. Students range from Duke undergraduates and administrators to area pharmacists and students from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which has an enrollment agreement with Duke). “[We] just quickly put together a syllabus to accommodate people from a whole spectrum of relief work,” explains Jenson. assignments involve grammar and phrases and haitian culture and history. the Fletcher School at Tufts University (Mass.), a graduate school of international affairs, along with undergraduates and alumni, launched an open source, crisis-mapping platform by to provide real-time information about the situation in haiti, according to co-director and second-year grad student carol Waters. a classroom has been designated a control room for the project. By May 1, the group will be handing the platform to the haitian Disapora for use in reconstruction efforts. Other examples of relief efforts: • On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 300-plus constituents of Drake University (iowa) succeeded in packaging 51,410 meals in 12 | March 2010 U The Drake University (Iowa) community quickly put together more than 50,000 meals for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. three hours to be sent to haiti through their participation with Meals from the heartland (www.mealsfromtheheartland .org). The goal had been 50,000 meals. • Young Harris College (Ga.) freshman Michelle Brun, who has family members in haiti, has placed collection boxes in dorms for clothes to be delivered through the haitian Organization Program for education and health incorporated ( • Wesley College (Del.) and ARAMARK Dining Services are allowing students, staff, and faculty on meal plans to donate the cost of one or more meals by fasting to support united Methodist committee on relief (, which is providing aid to haiti. • as of mid-February, Merrimack College (Mass.) constituents had raised more than $5,000 for Project Medishare (www, a nonprofit estabSOUND BITE lished by arthur Fournier, a 1969 graduate who is a physician and medical school professor at the University of Miami. the organization has been helping haiti since 1994. • The College of New Jersey established the “here for haiti” campaign (http :// to help coordinate and support efforts in areas such as education and student support. • On February 2, the Institution Recycling network (, which collaborates with higher ed institutions, shipped its first container of relief supplies to Haiti. The 15,000-pound load included 120 mattresses from Brown University. • Otterbein College (Ohio) senior Mark Fraizer created a nonprofit, Shake the Quake ( the goal: sell 10,000 T-shirts before March 20. Proceeds will go to fellow nonprofits involved in haiti relief efforts. —Michele Herrmann ‘n o one has ever told us that the people applying using these methods are less qualified.” —Bill Royall, founder of Royall & Company, which produces pre-approved college applications ‘

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - March 2010

University Business - March 2010
Editor’s Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Sense of Place
Financial Aid
Human Resources
Money Matters
Community Colleges as Economic Saviors
Web Content Needs - Solved
Paths to the Presidency
What’s New
End Note

University Business - March 2010