Albany – The State University
of New York Board of Trustees today passed a resolution authorizing the
Chancellor to create a SUNY Helps Fund to receive donations that will enable
SUNY to provide assistance to students affected by significant storm/flooding
damage during the 2011 hurricane season.
Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden
said, "SUNY strives not only to be a great university, but also a trusted
resource and a good neighbor to the families we serve across New York State. With
SUNY Helps, we welcome the opportunity to come to the aid of students' families
who are recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee."
“Though physical damage to SUNY
campuses as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee was relatively
minor, some of our students’ families have not been so fortunate,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “Some students have been left with nothing but what they brought
with them to campus and entire families are without their homes or were
otherwise impacted. In the spirit of kinship and community, SUNY stands
ready to help those most in need, and I thank the Board for making it possible
for us to help as best we can.”
SUNY Helps will be eligible
to receive donations by all members of the SUNY family such as foundations,
alumni associations, SUNY officers, employees and trustees, and others.
All of the proceeds will be used
to enable SUNY to provide financial assistance in the form of tuition scholarships
to students affected by the storms.
About the State University of New York
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York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu