(Jan. 14, 2010)--According to various news services, desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday in quake-stunned Haiti, while rescuers struggled to save the trapped and injured. The death toll from the earthquake could be between 45,000 and 50,000 with an estimated three million people hurt or homeless, a senior Haitian Red Cross official said Thursday. University records indicate several UTSA students are from Haiti.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Haiti and with those reaching out to them as the country deals with this catastrophic earthquake," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We hope that our Haitian students' families are well and that they can be in contact with them soon."
>> Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to help the relief effort in Haiti right now. To help immediately, contribute online to the American Red Cross or simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Standard texting rates may apply. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes to which the customer should reply "yes" to complete the donation. (Read more about AT&T Inc. initiatives to assist Haiti.)
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama offered to Haiti "the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake" and ordered "a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives? A top priority is accounting for the thousands of American citizens who are currently in Haiti." Additionally, Obama pledged that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Department of Defense will work closely with U.S. partners in Haiti, the region and around the world.
Families of Americans living in Haiti who are trying to determine the status of loved ones are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. Because the line is experiencing a high volume of calls at this time, patience is requested.
>> For additional updated information, monitor the White House Haiti Earthquake Web site.
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
UTSA Arbor Day event where volunteers will plant trees and give away 100 sapling trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities.
Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
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