Tuskegee, ASU students return after escaping Hurricane Sandy


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 2, 2012) — A small group of students from Tuskegee and Alabama State University have returned after being bused out of New York to avoid the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. On Oct. 29, about 500 students from around the country were to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala in New York City. However, when the storm threatened the area, the celebration had to be cancelled and the students had to return by a bus contracted out of Alabama.

Tuskegee University president, Gilbert L. Rochon; Tuskegee University first lady, Patricia S. Rochon; and Cynthia Sellers, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, welcomed the students back with a lunch Thursday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University.

“While we are disappointed we were forced to cancel our 25th anniversary celebration scheduled for tomorrow night, we are now 100 percent focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the 500 student/scholars who have traveled from across this country to New York City to learn how to become great future American leaders and to be introduced to great career opportunities with great American employers. Hurricane Sandy will not deter the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as we do our mission-critical work of helping these young people pursue their dreams," Johnny C. Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said in a press release.

Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, medical schools and law schools. The non-profit organization helps students acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost.

© 2012 Tuskegee University

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