The entire USC community expresses its profound sympathy to the victims of the recent Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster. The effects of this tragedy are being felt throughout the Trojan Family. We have more than 3,000 students, research scholars, faculty and staff who are citizens of the affected countries, and many of them may have family and friends suffering in the aftermath. Many of our alumni who live and work in Southeast Asia are likewise bearing the impact of this catastrophe.
We are making every attempt to locate members of the Trojan Family who are affected. If you know of anyone in the USC community who has been affected, please let our staff in the Alumni Association know.
Members of our Trojan Family are actively supporting relief efforts. One of our new professors, Dr. Pragna Patel, who is a molecular genetics scientist in the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Dentistry, and student volunteers will hold a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, on the Health Sciences campus quad. The money raised through donations and the sale of Indian food, provided by local restaurants, will benefit the work being done by UNICEF in Indonesia and other countries. I encourage alumni in the area to stop by and support this effort.
In addition, an interfaith gathering for reflection and response, "Commemorating the Dead, Remembering the Living," will be held on Tuesday, January 11, at 12:05 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. The gathering is presented by the Office of Religious Life, in conjunction with representatives of the major religious traditions of Asia, and with students, staff and faculty from the nations surrounding the Indian Ocean.
I know I speak for all of us here at USC in hoping that no one in your circle of family, friends, and associates has been directly affected by this catastrophe.
Steven B. Sample