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Students, faculty, staff give $10,237 for Japan relief

Japanese Intercultural Association fundraiser

Japanese Interculural Association raises $10,237 for disaster relief.

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities news release [4/13/2011]

Minnesota State University, Mankato students, faculty and staff have given more than $10,000 for Japan disaster relief.

Since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, student members of the university’s Japanese Intercultural Association raised $10,237 by soliciting hundreds of small donations in Centennial Student Union.

The money is being distributed to the three hardest hit prefectures in northern Japan – Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi – and to the American Red Cross.

“We want to say 'arigato' – thank you – to everyone at Minnesota State Mankato who showed their support with their donations and encouraging words,” said Japanese Intercultural Association President Mitch Ruscin.

The association also will accept donations during the Mankato Area International Festival Sunday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mankato East High School. Ruscin and other association members say they look forward to talking with people from the community at Sunday’s event.

The Japanese Intercultural Association comprises about 40 members, including students from Japan and others with a strong interest in the country and its people.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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