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ECU students in France all fine, official reports

ADA – Four East Central University students – Hillari Snider, Ben Godwin, Baylee Williams and Yin Lai – are fine and doing well in France after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, an ECU official reports.

Mara Sukholutskaya, director of ECU’s Global Education Program, has contacted the students, who are attending the University of Limoges through ECU’s Study Abroad Program. Limoges is a three-hour train ride from Paris.

Williams, of Chickasha, was in Frankfurt, Germany, over the weekend and had concerns about getting back into France, but was able to on Sunday. Snider is from Chandler, Godwin is from Ada and Lai is from China.

Godwin is the son of Wendell Godwin, dean of the ECU business school. Ben Godwin was able to visit with his parents on Skype late Friday.

Sukholutskaya, whose home country is Russia, said students should not be hesitant to travel abroad, but need to exercise caution and good judgment.

ECU has four other students studying abroad in Europe and China. Erin Walling, of Ada, and Briana Fulton, of Tulsa, are in Spain. Devin Hargus, of Ada, is in China and McKenzie Grigg, of Lawton, is in Wales.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›