Pace University Responds to Katrina Disaster

One of the largest private universities in the New York metropolitan area and the closest university to Ground Zero, Pace University is responding to Hurricane Katrina drawing on its experience with 9/11 as follows. Other initiatives are under consideration.

Contact
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212-346-1637, Cell: 914-424-3845
rmercedes@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY MOBILIZES KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS AND EXPERTS

New York, NY – September 1, 2005 — One of the largest private universities in the New York metropolitan area and the closest university to Ground Zero, Pace University is responding to Hurricane Katrina drawing on its experience with 9/11 as follows. Other initiatives are under consideration.

Disaster Relief Drives: University groups on the campuses in downtown New York City and Pleasantville, in Westchester County, are collecting clothing, blankets, toiletries, water, water purifying tablets, baby formula/bottles, first aid kits, canned goods/can openers; heavy duty trash bags, flashlights/batteries, duct tape, and other relevant items. Cash contributions are not being accepted.

The Pace University Pleasantville campus has also organized a blood drive with the American Red Cross. The contact for all activities there is John Agnelli, Director of Student activities, 914-773-3767 or sdca@pace.edu

The Pace University New York City campus contacts are: Denise Belén Santiago, (212) 346-1546 or dsantiago@pace.edu, or Melanie Robles, (212) 346-1261 or mrobles@pace.edu.

Post-trauma stress experts. By coincidence, large numbers of experts in post-traumatic stress and counseling will be assembling at Pace University at two separate events taking place next week, as follows:

·Friday, September 9, from 1-5 p.m., at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (downtown campus across the street from City Hall) – The editors and authors of On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained will present distilled lessons they have learned during the four years since 9/11. Presentations will include clinical considerations encountered in traumatic events. For more information, contact: 212-737-8524 or yael@aol.com

·Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Pace University downtown campus – Pace will co-host Breaking the Cycle of Violence… Healing, Restoring and Rebuilding Ourselves and Our Communities. The full day event with talks and workshops is designed to help people deal with trauma and stress. For more information contact: Richard Raskin, Pace University Counseling Center, 212-346-1523.

Experts in other areas include forensics specialists who can comment on identifying bodies and a noted finance expert who is monitoring effects on the economy and gas prices. Contact Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597.

After 9/11 Pace University played a central role in counseling not just for the Pace University community but for emergency respondents and many people in Lower Manhattan. Its Counseling Center provided training and research to people working with traumatized groups. Pace’s Center for Downtown New York (CDNY) has been a catalyst for numerous conferences on dealing with terrorism and rebuilding Lower Manhattan.

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