Press Releases

January 1, 2005

All Friends World Program Students In South East Asia Safe

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – All students of Long Island University’s Friend’s World Program studying in South East Asia are safe and have been accounted for.

The students are studying at the South Asia Center and the Comparative Religion and Culture Program Center in Thailand and India. The Program is headquartered at Southampton College.

Robert Glass, Dean of the Friends World Program and University Dean of International Education, said it had been an anxious period from the time his staff had heard of the earthquake and tsunami on Christmas Day to this morning when all twenty of his students had been tracked down.

“Students of the South Asia center still in India are in Goa and inland in Darjeeling and Jaipur while our students in the Comparative Religion and Culture Program are in Chiang Mai, far to the north in Thailand, very much away from the coast.  Two other students were in transit in airports at the time of the tragedy,” he said.

Glass said his staff has been in contact with families of all the students and information about their status had been posted on the Friends Program web site and through intra-program discussion groups and sites.

“Though our own students are safe, our thoughts and prayers are directed to the countless thousands of people who have lost friends, families and homes in this terrible event. Let us all hope the New Year begins on a much brighter and more positive note,” he said.

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