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Press Conference for Ship Arrival

October 28, 2011
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*Media Advisory*

St. Mary’s College’s Residential Ship for Students Arrives Press Conference

WHAT: A press conference detailing the move of St. Mary’s College of Maryland students, initially relocated to area hotels while their residence halls are being cleaned of mold, as they move into a cruise ship. The ship, the Sea Voyager, will be docked at a pier near campus on the St. Mary’s River off the Potomac River. The students will be moving in Monday.

WHY: A total of 350 students were relocated from two residence halls to vacancies on campus and to area hotels. The hotels, one as far as 20 miles away from the rural campus, have led to transportation, food distribution, and academic difficulties. The ship is an innovative way to bring students back to campus. Approximately 240 will live on the ship; the cost to rent the vessel is comparable to housing the students in the hotels.

WHO: President Joe Urgo; Chip Jackson, associate vice president of planning and facilities; Beth Rushing, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty; David Zylak, interim director of public safety; Regina Faden, Historic St. Mary’s City executive director. Students.

WHEN: Monday, October 31, 2011, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Historic St. Mary’s City pier. Park in Lot A off Old State House Road off Route 5. Go down ramp to get to the river. Link to directions.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Keisha Reynolds, 240-895-2245; Lee Capristo, 240-895-4795; Barbara Geehan, 240-895-3073.

Category: Student Body