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University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing invited to White House for tsunami relief reception

Representatives from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing have been invited by President George W. Bush to attend a July 21 reception at the White House honoring tsunami relief volunteers.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Representatives from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing have been invited by President George W. Bush to attend a July 21 reception at the White House honoring tsunami relief volunteers.

Nursing Professor William Bester and master’s student Ronda Schultz were part of a Project HOPE medical team of 200 American health care workers on board the USNS Mercy. Bester was in charge of the volunteer nurses who made up more than half of the group.

Attending the White House reception on the South Lawn will be Dr. Dolores Sands, dean of the School of Nursing, and Schultz. Bester will be out of town and cannot attend.

Project HOPE will host a brunch for volunteers and other invited guests at the Army Navy Club following the White House event.

Soon after the December tsunami devastated the area of South Asia—killing more than 130,000 people—Project HOPE organized the relief effort. The volunteers were stationed off the coast of Banda Aceh, Indonesia and worked for several weeks providing health care.

For more information contact: Nancy Neff, School of Nursing, 512-471-6504.