Clayton State University has a warm relationship with the nation of Turkey through The Istanbul Center of Atlanta and the University’s study abroad program to Turkey. In addition, Clayton State currently enrolls several MBA students from Turkey and has a preliminary agreement of understanding with Gediz University in Izmir, Turkey, signed by Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes this past June.
As a result of Clayton State’s close ties with the nation of Turkey, it’s not surprising that the University, led by the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the International Student Services Office (ISSO), is involved in assisting the victim of the recent earthquake in eastern Turkey. A powerful 7.2 quake tragically struck the town of Van, Turkey, on Sunday, Oct. 23. So far, there are more than 550 deaths, including 63 teachers, as well as 2300 injuries and 2100 buildings have been destroyed.
Brett Reichert of ISSO and John Parkerson of OIP are heading an effort through Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m., to raise funds for earthquake relief. Checks made payable to “Van Earthquake Relief Fund” may be sent to the Office of International Programs, in room 204 of the James M. Baker University Center. In addition, a collection jar for cash contributions has also been placed at the same location.
In addition, the Office of Campus Life, along with Clayton State International Student Association President Tony Yaacoub, are planning to set up a table on Main Street in the Baker Center for additional contributions.
Clayton State will forward all funds collected to the American Turkish Friendship Council, which has set up a relief fund for Van. Monies collected will help rebuild and repair schools and dormitories in the affected area. All gifts are tax deductible in the U.S.
Donations for this cause may also be made to the Istanbul Center of Atlanta. Donation checks sent to the Center should be made out to; "Istanbul Center Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund" and sent to the Istanbul Center’s midtown office at, Two Midtown Plaza, 1349 West Peachtree St., Ste. 1010, Atlanta 30309.