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   Date: 1/19/10 Bookmark and Share

Second Smith Alumna Reported Killed in Haiti Earthquake

Smith College recently learned of the death of a second alumna, Ericka Chambers Norman ’91, during the earthquake that devastated Haiti a week ago today.

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti notes that Norman was a board of inquiry officer. Norman reportedly was killed when the U.N. building in Port-au-Prince, where she worked, collapsed during the earthquake Jan. 12.

The college last week learned of the death of Lisa Mbele-Mbong ’93, a human rights officer for the United Nations, who reportedly also lost her life when the U.N. building collapsed.

At 4:50 p.m. today, the U.N. Headquarters in New York City will hold a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the victims of the earthquake. Those unable to attend are invited to participate in the experience through a webcast ( The Secretary-General will call for a minute of silence throughout the U.N. system worldwide at 4:53 p.m. EST.

As members of the college community continue to wait for news about family members in Haiti, several offices on campus are available for support. Those include:

In addition, student and alumnae organizations have voiced support, including the Smith African and Caribbean Students Association, the Black Students’ Alliance, and the Black Alumnae of Smith College (BASC).

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