The earthquake that struck parts of China on May 12 created an emotional aftershock at Troy University, as almost 300 Chinese students are enrolled on the Troy Campus.
Debbie Davis, director of international student life, said several TROY students from China were visiting their homeland when the earthquake hit.
“TROY has many students from Sichuan Province and the nearby provinces that were devastated by the earthquake,” Davis said. “A current student, Zeng Kailin, was visiting home during the break and was in his hometown of Du Jiang Yan, one of the hardest hit cities, at the time of the earthquake.”
Once he returned to TROY, Zeng, a graduate student, shared his experiences during a presentation and slide show to fellow students, faculty and staff and the public.
“Thousands of people died immediately,” Zeng said. “My city endured the most damage.”
Following his presentation, Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost, presented Zeng with a new undergraduate diploma to replace the one that was lost in the rubble.
The Chinese Students Association held a prayer service for earthquake victims on May 28.
The Association is also collecting donations to aid the earthquake victims, Davis said. All money collected will be sent to the Chinese Embassy to provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake.
The University’s Confucius Institute is also collecting donation to assist victims. Donations should be designated for the Chinese Disaster Relief Fund and sent to the Troy University Foundation, 256 Adams Administration Building, Troy University, AL 36082.