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Avila professor aids relief team in Joplin

June 16, 2011
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NEWS RELEASE

KANSAS CITY, Mo - - J. Anthony Snorgrass, a professor in Avila University's School of Visual and Communications Arts and owner of AdVantage Associates, has joined forces with iKros and HOPE Station to assist with communications associated with the delivery of relief supplies and services in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo.

Stephanie Tillman, founder of HOPE Station, a disaster relief program, said Snorgrass specifically will direct the social media, photography and video publicity associated with the relief efforts. The HOPE Station currently operates on the site previously occupied by the Salvation Army Thrift Store that was destroyed by the May 22 F-5-strength tornado.

"Communication during times of high stress and uncertainty is always a challenge," Tillman said, "but Snorgrass' willingness to join the team will bring a level of professionalism and expertise that is certain to aid the efficiency and effectiveness of the full range of our communication programs."

Snorgrass feels that the location of the HOPE Station, in the path of the tornado damage and near the St. John's Hospital which was destroyed by the storm, serves as an effective visual backdrop for the personal stories of loss and triumph that will be photographed and captured on video over the next several weeks. He left June 13 for Joplin and plans to be on location 2-3 days each week during the initial campaign.

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