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STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF RESPOND
TO NEEDS AFTER TERROR ATTACK

 

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This information is posted primarily as a resource for news media representatives.

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Sept. 12, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A number of special activities are scheduled on campus to facilitate responses by the UK community to Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Hospital Workers Extend Helping Hands -- Physical and occupational therapists at the University of Kentucky Hospital are extending a helping hand today by collecting donations for the American Red Cross. Between seeing patients, the therapists are making ribbons for staff and patients to wear in support and memory of the victims of yesterday's tragedies.

They are distributing black and white on red, white and blue ribbons. The white ribbon is for the survivors; black for the deceased, and red, white and blue for the unity of the United States.

To arrange media coverage of the activity, call (859) 323-6363.

Psychiatry Experts Available -- Experts from the UK College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry are available for interviews about a variety of topics, including post-traumatic distress, depression and anxiety disorders in adults and children.

To arrange a media interview, call (859) 323-6363.

Students Establish Disaster Relief Fund -- UK students have established a disaster relief fund to benefit victims, their families and agencies affected by yesterday's airplane hijackings and the subsequent attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Financial donations, that will go through the American Red Cross, can be made at the Information Desk near the food court of the UK Student Center and at the Student Government Office, 120 Student Center. SG Offers Ribbons of Support -- Blue and yellow ribbons symbolizing sympathy and support for those dealing with yesterday's tragedies will be available from UK Student Government in locations in the UK Student Center beginning Thursday, Sept. 14.

Student Government President Tim Robinson and Vice President Caroline Harralson are available for interviews with the news media about the ribbon program, the student disaster relief fund and about the student mood concerning Tuesday's disasters.

Call the UK Office of Public Relations (859-257-1754) to arrange interviews.

Discussion/Support Groups Set -- The UK Counseling and Testing Center will offer discussion and support groups regarding yesterday's tragedies at the following times and locations: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Thursday, 205 Student Center; noon - 1 p.m. Friday, 231 Student Center, and noon - 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 231 Student Center.

The meetings are open to everyone. .


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