WMU students in Japan safe and accounted for
March 11, 2011
KALAMAZOO--With 13 of its American students studying in Japan and nearly 40 Japanese students on its Kalamazoo campus, Western Michigan University officials have been working since dawn today to verify the safety of students and families who may have been impacted by today's earthquake and tsunami.
Using e-mail, text messages, Facebook, Twitter and phone, staff members in WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education have been able to verify that:
Quake and tsunami expert available
In addition, a WMU geoscientist is available on campus today to talk about the earthquake and tsunami. Dr. David Barnes, professor of geoscience is an expert on sedimentology and the geology of the Japan Sea basin. He has spent time on a research vessel in the Sea of Japan. He can be reached at (269) 387-8617.
For additional information or contacts as they become available, contact Cheryl Roland in the WMU Office of University Relations at (269) 387-8412.
Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org