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February 7, 2005

Tsunami Vigil Set for February 16

A vigil will be held in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 16, in memory of the more than 200,000 victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged a dozen countries in south and southern Asia. The event will also raise money to support relief efforts.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Multicultural and International Affairs, the 7-9 p.m. 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 those countries; prayer; and music will be provided by the University Festival Chorus, directed by Peter Bagley.

“The losses the people of these countries have suffered are unimaginable,” says Ronald Taylor, senior vice provost for multicultural and international affairs. “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.”

Taylor and Suman Singha, vice president for academic affairs, will offer homilies on behalf of the University. Dr. Robert Fuller, head of the Emergency Department at the UConn Health Center, who spent two weeks in Banda Aceh with emergency room physician Matthew Howell, will discuss their trip.

The vigil is open to the UConn and local communities. Relief organizations will be present to accept cash donations.