Message to Cornellians from Cornell Club of Japan President Chiaki Tanuma
posted April 1, 2011
I am Chiaki Tanuma, President of Cornell Club of Japan. Since the magnitude 9 earthquake hit Japan, I have been receiving so many thougtful messages and prayers from Cornell friends in abroad. Representing Cornellians in Japan, I would like to thank you for all your kind attentions and supports for us and those who are in most damaged area in North East Japan.
We had the worst and strongest earthquake ever in East part of Japan, Friday March 11 afternoon, followed by huge tsunamis which completely destroy several towns and still have small and big aftershocks continually quite often even now. Although Tokyo was hit by so huge intensity-5 quake as well that we could not even remain standing, fortunately there were not many big damages and those residing in Tokyo region are fine and resumed work from Monday, after weekend of the earthquake. The Tokyo electric Power Company started "planned blackout" for a few hours to every town around Tokyo in rotation to save enough power to cover the destruction of power plants in the damaged area and it causes some inconvenience but of course we all support this decision. There are now radiation problems which is a little sensationalized in overseas media but we just remain calm now, paying close attention to the latest information and choosing right action.
This is the worst disaster that ever happened in our country, causing the most devastating situation in a wide area of Japan. We believe if all of us cooperate with each other, Japan and our people should be able to overcome this difficult time. Your kind concern for Japan reminds us of the truth that we are not alone and people outside of Japan also stand together with us against the crisis, which makes us feel very strong and confident to our future.
Again, thank you for your thoughtful prayer for us.
Cornell Club of Japan
Fundraising Effort at Cornell
posted March 15, 2011
Fold paper cranes and help with fundraising efforts to support fellow Cornellians and those in Japan. Join members of the JUSA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 and 17 in Ho Plaza.
The world is much better prepared today for dealing with the far-away effects of a tsunami, but the severe underwater earthquake Friday would have given residents of nearby northeastern Japan only minutes to respond to a destructive wave of water, according to Cornell civil engineering expert Philip Liu.
Cornell historian Durba Ghosh speaks with Zain Pasha with Basit Riaz Sheikh, in the background, after a panel discussion on Pakistan-India relations. (photo credit: Robert Barker/University Photography)
The monsoon flooding of Pakistan's Swat Valley has killed thousands, submerged villages and destroyed roads and villages. But the valley was in turmoil even before the rains came in July, according to Durba Ghosh, associate professor of history, at a Sept. 8 lecture in Goldwin Smith Hall.
Hands for HEALTH benefit concert Saturday, Sept. 11
posted September 8, 2010
Music and dance performances by Collin McLoughlin, Attic Tones, Debbie's Granola, Cornell Bhangra, Big Red Raas, and Sitara on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 8-11 p.m. at Alpha Delta Phi. A $7 suggested donation is respectfully requested at the door. All proceeds will go to NGOs Save the Children for their work in Pakistan, and HEALTH Inc. for their work in India. More ...
Sept. 8 event: Peace Postponed? Floods, foreign aid, and their implications for peace between India and Pakistan
posted August 31, 2010
Please join the Cornell International Affairs Review at 5 p.m. in Goldwin Smith for "Peace Postponed?" History Professor Ghosh will focus on the history of the peace process between India and Pakistan, as well as recent developments and the possible effects of Pakistani flooding on negotiations. Her talk will be followed by a moderated student panel discussion with representatives from the Society for India, Cornell India Association, Pakistani Students' Association, and Islamic Alliance for Justice. More ...
Planning an event? Keep Student Activities in the loop.
posted August 23, 2010
If your organization is planning any disaster relief efforts or activities upon your return, please keep the Student Activities Office informed by completing a Use of University Property form at http://www.activities.cornell.edu/eventreg with as much advance notice as possible. Staff in SAO are available to consult with you about your efforts, as is the Events Management Planning Team. Call 255-4169 or 255-3513 for assistance.
Please note that our office will make an effort to put like-minded organizations in touch with each other in hopes of maximizing opportunities for collaboration between organizations and minimizing duplication of efforts.
In Pictures: The struggle to survive Pakistan floods
posted August 23, 2010
The worst floods to hit Pakistan in 80 years spread to new parts of the Indus river floodplain in southern Pakistan, while aid workers continued their efforts to reach those already struck by the water. (photo credit: AFP)
Some members of our campus community may be personally impacted by this tragic event. Please help us spread the word that support services are available on campus from a variety of sources including:
Counseling and Psychological Services offers individual counseling.
The Office of the Dean of Students has a crisis manager on call 24/7 for those in need and also sponsors community support meetings for groups of students, staff and faculty members impacted by crises.
Residential Programs staff in the residence halls can provide a listening ear and referral for those impacted by crises.
The International Students and Scholars Office has staff members ready to assist our colleagues who join us from the international community.
Cornell United Religious Work have clergy from a wide range of religious affiliations available to assist those seeking support.
EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service) will re-open on August 30th from 3:00 - 11:00 pm. For more information on EARS, call 255-EARS (3277) or 254-8598. EARS is located in room 213 Willard Straight Hall, and will have walk in hours and call in hours for those in need.
Message from President Skorton
posted August 20, 2010
I write to share the heartfelt sympathy and deepest concern of the entire Cornell family for the people of Pakistan who have been affected by the floods, and for the members of our community in the disaster areas. Please join me in thanking those who are already contributing to the relief effort.
I urge you consider supporting the humanitarian organizations referenced on this site.
David J. Skorton
Millions homeless after weeks of flooding in Pakistan