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Pomona Students Unharmed in Christchurch Earthquake

6:00 p.m., February 28, 2011

Pomona College students at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch will soon be able to return to their studies.

Frontiers Abroad has begun the process of transferring its "Earth Systems - Canterbury" program to the University of Auckland and its "Geology of New Zealand" program to Victoria University in Wellington.

Earth Systems students will be reunited with the Field Camp Director and “Earth Systems – Auckland” students at the University of Auckland and resume their course of study in environmental and earth system sciences. Students will arrive in Auckland tomorrow, move into their new residence halls and register for classes. Classes began at the University of Auckland this Monday.

Geology students will transfer to Victoria University, which has a top-rated geology department and has made a special effort to ensure that Frontiers Abroad students will be part of their department. Students will arrive in Wellington tomorrow and begin the enrollment and orientation process. Victoria University also began classes Monday.

5:00 p.m., February 23, 2011

Effective tonight (NZ time), all Pomona College students, along with all other Frontiers Abroad students in Christchurch, will be relocated to the University of Canterbury Westport Field Station for the next 3-5 days. The Westport Field Station is run by the Department of Geological Sciences of the University of Canterbury, our partners in Frontiers Abroad at the University of Canterbury. The field station is a great facility located in a small city and will provide a well-needed rest and stable environment for the students.

While the students are in Westport, Frontiers Abroad staff will be in touch with the University of Canterbury to determine when the University will be reopened, and consider the myriad of academic and student services issues that will undoubtedly arise when the campus reopens.

4:30 p.m., February 22, 2011

All students are accounted for and safe. The University of Canterbury, where our students are studying, received minimal damage and has both electricity and running water. The Program's General Manager is in regular contact with the students.

Frontiers Abroad, which runs the Christchurch program, has instituted its emergency action plan. All students are currently in a "standfast" mode and expected to remain on campus. Frontiers Abroad staff and University of Canterbury staff will meet with the Pomona students daily and remain in contact with them.

8:51 a.m., February 22, 2011

Early reports from Christchurch, New Zealand, where a 6.3 earthquake struck Tuesday morning, indicate that all of the Pomona College students studying there this semester are safe. The University of Canterbury, where they are located, suffered no serious damage, though electricity is out at this time. This information comes from individual students in Christchurch and from parents who have heard from their students following the quake. The University has canceled classes for the remainder of the week. Pomona students who are studying in Auckland, New Zealand, about 500 miles north, were unaffected. Pomona College will pass along further information from Christchurch when it becomes available.