All students and staff members associated with Notre Dame programs in Chile are accounted for and safe after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, a University press release said. “For the second time this semester, we are immensely grateful that Notre Dame students, faculty and staff are safe in the wake of a devastating natural disaster,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said. “As was the case last month for Haitians after an earthquake hit that nation, the prayers of the Notre Dame family now are with the people of Chile.” Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross working in Chile were also reported to be safe. The University will monitor the situation in the coming days to determine whether to continue with its programs in Chile this semester. The Notre Dame study abroad program in Chile was established in 1993 and is based in Santiago. Students take most of their courses at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. The Alliance for Catholic Education program in Chile is an 18-month program that involves teaching for one year at St. George’s College in Santiago, certification in teaching English as a new language and Spanish language immersion. The University has 19 undergraduate students and two staff members studying and working in Santiago, the site of the University’s study abroad program. Five graduate students are also in Santiago for Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program, along with one staff member from the MBA program.
A family health fair will be held Saturday, September 21, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Franklin County High School.The Franklin County Family Health Fair is presented by United Way of Franklin County, Stayin’ Alive of Franklin County, Fayette Regional HealthPlex in Brookville and WRBI.The fair will offer free health screenings, kid friendly activities including demonstrations by local fire and emergency departments, and door prizes.“This will benefit all of the residents in Franklin County,” said Melinda Brown, the Executive Director for Stayin’ Alive. “This is a way for the whole family to participate in a health fair for free.”The Franklin County Family Health Fair is located in the cafeteria of the high school.