April 03, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Katrina Recovery Team will host a post-Katrina summit April 7 to 12.

The summit is part of a national network of colleges and universities working to raise awareness about the ongoing struggles of Gulf Coast residents to rebuild and reclaim their lives nearly three years after the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The summit will feature several events open to the community including music, exhibits, displays and information tables.

Volunteer experience
On Monday, April 7, students from Bucknell's Katrina recovery team will relate their experiences working on rebuilding homes for displaced families in a multimedia presentation at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

A photo exhibit of pictures taken by students and staff who participated in three Bucknell Katrina recovery team trips may be seen throughout the week in display cases on the first floor landing of the downhill stairwell of the Elaine Langone Center.

The Folk Justice Band will perform at 8 pm. on Wednesday, April 9, in Larison Hall. A $5 donation at the door will go to Gulf Coast recovery efforts. Mardi Gras beads and masks will be on sale, as well as soft drinks and snacks. The event will include games and prizes, and members of the last several Bucknell service trips will be on hand with information, pictures and videos. The Lewisburg-based Folk Justice Band specializes in folk and classic rock music along with a few originals.

'When the levees broke'
The HBO documentary by Spike Lee, "When the levees broke – Requiem in four parts," will be shown from noon to 1 p.m. on four days in four different locations. Part One will be shown Monday, April 7, in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center; Part Two on Tuesday, April 8, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center; Part Three on Thursday, April 10, in Rooke Chemistry Auditorium; and Part Four on Friday, April 11, in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

Information tables will be located in the Sojka Pavilion on Tuesday, April 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the university's annual Celebration of Diversity, and again on Saturday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Grove across from the President's house. Visitors may sign a petition to support the creation of 100,000 jobs for Gulf Coast residents to rebuild their communities through civic works projects, and learn about the urgent need to restore wetlands and prevent coastal land loss.

A mobile home similar to those distributed by FEMA to Gulf Coast residents will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Grove across from the President's house on University Avenue on Saturday, April 12. Visitors can learn about the controversies regarding their distribution, use and impact on family health given the dangerous levels of formaldehyde found in many similar mobile homes.

For more information, contact Janice Butler, director of Bucknell's Office of Service-Learning, at 577-3973.

Contact : Office of Communications

Posted April 3, 2008


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