VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University Alumni Association's Kenya Wildlife Safari, scheduled to depart Oct. 9, has been canceled.

Terry Frederiksen, director of Alumni Relations, said the six participants "were leery about traveling overseas" so soon after the terrorist attacks. The recent threats of additional attacks on Americans was also a major factor.

"I don't blame them," said Frederiksen. "They are frightened right now. I understand that."

The approximately $5,000, 13-day trip from Atlanta to Nairobi and back included visits to The Carnivore Restaurant, The Karen Blixen Home, The Ark Lodge, the Mount Kenya Safari Club, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and the Wildlife Safaris.

Frederiksen said those who decided not to go to Africa only lost about $150 of the total paid for the trip.

"Everyone purchases a cancellation waiver on these trips," said Frederiksen. "That way, they can cancel up to the day before the trip and get almost all of their money back."

An upcoming "Christmas in Rome" excursion, departing Dec. 8, is still on.

"We are still going to Rome," said Frederiksen, who is planning to travel to Rome with the group. "I have talked to those who are going on this trip, and they are excited to be going."

This seven-day, approximately $1,300 trip will include visits to the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, and the Arch of Constantine, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and many more historical sites.

Refusing to let recent developments disrupt their plans, the Alumni Association announced its 2002 travel lineup, which includes a Paris/London trip, a train ride through Canada, and a trip to Beijing.

For more information about alumni travel opportunities at Valdosta State University, please call Terry Frederiksen at 333-5797.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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