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But William McMichael, the international relations manager for Fukushima University, does not second guess the decision by partner universities to pull out the 180 students enrolled there. “There was a lot of confusion in Japan at the time. Our Internet wasn’t working, our phones weren’t working. It was really, really hard for us to communicate with anyone. They felt like they needed to pull their students just in case the situation got a lot worse,” he said. His campus suffered far less physical damage than Tohoku, which tallied a $1 billion repair bill for scores of its buildings and labs. But Fukushima had to deal with the invisible peril of radioactivity spewed by the stricken plant 36 miles away. The university spent $1 million removing contaminated soil from an athletic field alone. Amid the travails, universities and educators in the United States and other countries reached out to help their counterparts and to extend a hand to the 21,290 Japanese students in the United States, some of whom were dealing with the loss of family, friends, and support from home.

could. We got on Facebook, got on Twitter, and literally Google searched and Facebook stalked them to see if we could get anything.” ISEP had lists of students’ e-mail addresses, but Huddleston could not count on students’ being able to read their e-mail, much less respond. Social media “are the first place students are going to. They’re trying to get in touch with their families as well and posting things like, ‘We’re alive’ or ‘We’re OK,’” he said. Privacy settings barred strangers like Huddleston from reading many postings, “but quite a few of the students shared information with the world.” Mary McMahon and colleagues at the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) in Santa Barbara, California, were doing the same with the contingent of 77 UC students at 11 partner universities in Japan, including Ashley Mar and a second student at Tohoku. “Within 24 hours following the earthquake, we had reports on the whereabouts of virtually all 77,” said McMahon, regional director for Asia and Africa. “We sent notes to all students, all emergency contacts, all campus advisers, via Facebook, e-mail, etc., asking for anyone to report on the status of any student.” Since it was spring break, students were scattered “as far afield as Thailand and as close as Orange County, California. All were safe and reported back to us. It’s amazing it worked so well,” she said. They also notified 44 students heading to Japan for the spring term that their programs were cancelled.

Disappointment From the Student Perspective
That word did not reach Ashley Mar immediately and when she got it, she wasn’t happy. She’d gotten out of the lab building safely that afternoon, even tarrying long enough to gather her laptop, lab notes, keys and winter coat—it soon started snowing—and donning a white hard hat before heading outdoors. “I basically grabbed what I could see that was mine in front of me because I wasn’t sure if I could get back in,” said Ashley, one of 1,400 international students enrolled along with 17,000 domestic students at the research university. It took Ashley three hours to traverse the damaged city by foot to her dorm. She spent the night with lab mates in an apartment, where they slept on the floor in the cold and dark. “We didn’t have much food or anything. We were just waiting for light to figure things out,” she said. In the morning they went to stores looking for flashlights and propane tanks, “but most everything was already sold out.” Back at her dorm, she called home from a pay phone the university had set up in the lobby for international students to make

Social Media Tools Proved Invaluable
If social media were being blamed for inducing panic in some quarters of Japan, they were providing comfort to parents and college administrators back in the United States. The disasters demonstrated anew the utility of Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, and other electronic connections at times when phone lines were jammed or not working. At the Arlington, Virginia, office of International Student Exchange Programs, Asia program officer Spencer Huddleston set out on Friday morning, March 11, to track the 45 ISEP students in Japan “any way we

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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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