Carmen Albaladejo, a Spanish Language Coordinator at Michigan State University, is from Madrid and all of her family still lives there. Albaladejo says she found out about the bombings when she was listening to the radio. She immediately called home and says everyone in her family is safe.
Others at MSU are also in close contact with those in Madrid. Sixteen students are studying abroad in Spain as part of the university's program. Julie Anne Friend, from the Office of Study Abroad, says all of the students are safe. A phone call to keep contact abroad is just one of the university's policies in place should something like last weeks bombings occur. At orientation and throughout the study abroad process, students are given information on what they should do and who to call in case of an emergency.