Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Florida College Scrambles for Information on Students in Haiti

From left, Montealegre, DeMatteo, Crispinelli, Fantauzzi, Doran, Elliott, Prudhomme, Schloemer, Hayes, Gengel, Tyska and Bruno.
(Lynn University)
A Florida college says it has received word that 11 of 12 students who had been staying at a 4-star hotel in Haiti that toppled following Tuesday's devastating earthquake are safe.
Eight of those students have arrived in the Dominican Republic and 3 university staff members are in the process of meeting up with the group.
Officials at Lynn University continue to pursue "all options and avenues" to locate the remaining student and two professors.
Lynn University President Kevin Ross said the group was registered at Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, a popular tourist destination that collapsed after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake in the impoverished nation. Up to 200 guests at the hotel remained missing Wednesday, AFP reported.
Among the group visiting Haiti were Dr. Patrick Hartwick, dean of the university's College of Education, and Dr. Richard Bruno, an assistant professor with the university's College of Liberal Education. The group, which had been distributing food and visited orphanages, were scheduled to return to Florida Friday. The remaining student who accompanied Hartwick and Bruno was identified as Christine Gianacaci, of Hopewell, N.J.
Reached at her Florida home Thursday, Gianacaci's mother declined comment...

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