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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE ADDRESSES KEY ISSUES WITH ‘TREE OF GLOBAL CONCERNS’
Allentown, PA (December 3, 2008)—For many Americans, a weakened economy is the big issue entering the holiday season. In some countries, however, the struggle to survive far outweighs how many gifts one can afford to buy. AIDS, malaria and polio continue to sweep through Africa, and genocide has recently been practiced on the continent. In addition, the rights of women remain essentially non-existent in many parts of the world.
In order to raise awareness of these and other global issues, students in Professor Alan Hale’s research laboratory and Biology 121 class at Cedar Crest College will decorate a “Tree of Global Concerns” on Friday, December 5, 5 p.m., in the campus’ Science Center. Members of the campus community are invited to create an ornament in support of their favorite cause and add it to the tree, which will remain in place for one week.
“My research lab is focused primarily on global diseases, but students at Cedar Crest are encouraged to develop an understanding of other disciplines within the liberal arts so they are better able to serve the needs of the world,” said Hale. “We really need to get people thinking about global issues.”
There will be a donation receptacle at the base of the tree, with proceeds sent to the William J. Clinton Foundation in support of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, which has been expanded to include malaria.