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Dr. Jackson encourages campus community to contribute to Japan relief effort

To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics and Professor of Engineering Sciences
Date: March 15, 2011
Re: The Tragedy in Japan

I am deeply troubled by the tragedy that has befallen Japan. The massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami have resulted in catastrophic destruction and a devastating loss of human life. We grieve for those who have perished, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected, those who remain at risk, and those who must undergo the distressing task of rescuing their family and neighbors, and over time, rebuilding their homes, infrastructure, and communities.

Rensselaer is a global community, and many of our students, scholars, alumni/ae, and their families have connections to the regions affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Student groups and others at Rensselaer are organizing and contributing to relief efforts. As a matter of community and global responsibility, we intend to make a direct university contribution. We have selected three agencies, based on our research, and we will provide a $10,000 contribution to each in the name of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for a total of $30,000. The agencies are: AmeriCares, Save the Children, and the American Red Cross.

I strongly encourage you to contribute to this global effort. If you would like to add your contribution to the Rensselaer effort, I invite you to write a check or provide a money order made payable to one of the three agencies listed above. Please note that Rensselaer as an institution will match your contribution with a donation of equal value. Please send or deliver your check or money order by March 23 to Karen Wells, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Finance, Troy Building, Fifth floor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180. Ms. Wells can also be reached by phone at (518) 276-3917. Please note "Japan Relief" on the memo line, and make the check or money order payable to the agency and not to Rensselaer.

As members of the global community, we feel great compassion for the people of Japan as they face a long, difficult battle in recovering from this disaster. Please join Rensselaer or contribute to a relief agency of your choice. Please also keep the victims of this terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

We will continue to keep the Rensselaer community informed of relevant developments in this area, including any new information on ways to help with the relief effort. A website has been set up for this purpose, which can be accessed via the Dean of Students website.