MIDDLEBURY-Middlebury College has four students currently studying at its school in Japan, located at partner university ICU in Tokyo.
All of the students are safe and accounted for, according to Jeff Cason, dean of international programs, who reports that the college has spoken to all of the students.
The students are also on break between terms. ICU's winter term ended on March 1; the spring term begins on April 9.
Some of the students on Middlebury's program are in Japan, and others have left the country. As a precautionary measure, Middlebury has made the decision to bring those students who are still in Japan back to the United States, at least temporarily, until more is known about radiation exposure and risks in Japan. The college will continue to monitor the situation and will make a decision later this month about whether students will be able to return to ICU to study for the spring term.
Middlebury students have begun fundraising efforts through the Japanese Club and the new student organization Believe 4 Kids. Hand in hand with the fundraising will be an opportunity to fold paper cranes as a traditional gesture of peace, healing, and good will.
Faculty, staff, and students in Monterey have launched a fundraising drive aimed at supporting relief efforts in the area of Japan devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami.
A message to the campus community, which includes 21 students from Japan. Members of the Japan Forum, a student club, have set up a booth at the Samson Student Center during lunch hours to collect individual donations.
The MIIS Student Council has agreed to dedicate all proceeds from the upcoming MIIS Student Follies, scheduled for April 1, to this fundraising effort.
The group has requested that any other contributions made by members of the Monterey Institute campus community be directed to the JSNC Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund established by the Japan Society of Northern California.
JSNC will use its partners at Give2Asia to identify organizations in Japan supporting the relief and recovery efforts and direct contributions from MIIS to those organizations in Japan.