‘Tsunami: A Day of Remembrance and Hope’ to be held at St. Thomas Feb. 15

“Tsunami: A Day of Remembrance and Hope,” featuring a Mass and panel discussion, will be held on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

A “Mass of Hope” for all those affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami in Southeast Asia will be held at 12:05 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

A panel discussion about tsunamis, and how to help victims of the Dec. 26 disaster, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Opening the discussion will be Dr. Kevin Theissen, of the Geology Department, and Dr. David Kelley, of the Geography Department, who will explain how tsunamis occur and how they can be predicted.

Dr. Nadarajan (Raj) Sethuraju, formerly of St. Thomas and now associate dean for multicultural programs at Gustavus Adolphus College, will speak about the impact of the tsunami on Southeast Asia. Sethuraju has relatives from an area directly affected by the tsunami.

Colleen Streigel, former director of human resources at St. Thomas and now director of human resources and administration with the American Refugee Committee, will talk about tsunami relief efforts and how people here can help.

A St. Thomas student from Sri Lanka will describe the effects of the tsunami on her family back home.

The day is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ Dean of Students Office, Campus Ministry, Campus Life, International Student Services and Wellness Center.

The U.S. flag on St. Thomas ’ lower quadrangle will fly at half-staff throughout the day, and bells will toll at noon, in memory of those who died as a result of the tsunami.

The day’s events are free and open to the public. For more information call Campus Life, (651) 962-6130.


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