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provide,' Schmeltz said.
One of the largest tasks that con-
fronted MFAS occurred in October at
the Bill Gaither's Christian singing con-
cert, when the medical group handled
three minor emergencies at once.1
"It was a lot at once," said
Engineering senior Craig Buschmann, a ,
care providers on the scene. "They real-
ly tested us, and we did really well."
Though MFAS is primarily made up
of University students mixed in with a
few staff members, MFAS is not a
University club. MFAS is a profession-
al emergency medical service estab-
lished through the University Hospitals
section of emergency medicine.
University Hospitals Emergency
Department assists MFAS with admin-
istrative and medical details.
"We are assisting (MFAS) with
administration, dealing with issues

including budgets" said Peter Forster,
emergency department administrator.
William Wilkerson, medical director
of MFAS, is a board-certified physician
and works with MFAS to help develop
a protocol for handling emergencies
and reviewing the care administered.
Many of the MFAS staff are mem-
bers of the University's Emergency
Medical Services Club and received
their training from the club,
"The EMS Club is dedicated to cam-
pus education in emergency safety,"
said LSA sophomore Matt Dudley, act-
ing EMS Club president.
"A lot of people, if emergency situa-
tions arise, they panic. If we teach them
CPR and first aid, then they know what
they can do and who they can go to
before an ambulance comes," Dudley
The EMS Club provides CPR and
emergency medical technician classes
and offers membership to all University
students, faculty and staff.

By Carrie Luria
Fbr the Daily
: When the Rev. Nile Harper took the
position of director of The Ecumenical
Center and International Residence
about a decade ago, he immediately
began implementing his renovation and
expansion plans for the residence. Now,
less than a month before his retirement,
Harper said he has reached his goals.
THarper plans to retire Jan. 3 to pursue
other interests, including writing a book.
"Although I have absolutely loved
my time here, there are a few things I
want to do and see" he said.
One of Harper's notable accomplish-
ments as International Residence direc-
tor is the $1.3-million renovations he
worked to fund and develop.
"He created something that will last;'
said Associate Director Shirley Lewis.
"It has and will continue to help the
organization financially and otherwise."
Another of Harper's initiatives is the
Tuesday Global Village in the
International Residence lounge, where
Harper orga-
nizes a speaker 9
to come and He cr
discuss an inter-
national topic methip
each week.
residents add will last.'
tdthe event by
cooking a meal
from their own Assoc
part of the Internati
It gives the
residents an opportunity to get to know
people and other cultures while enjoy-
ing good food and lively conversation,"
Harper said.
0 Harper organizes a similar program
for all University students called the
Tuesday International Forum. Each
week, people gather for lunch at the
University's International Center to
hear a speaker and discuss important
happenings outside the United States.
Continuing his focus on diversity,
Harper, who is also a Presbyterian cam-
pus minister, brings residents to local
churches to speak about their culture.
"Although (the program) is spon-
sored by the Presbyterian Church, only
a4few people in the residence are actu-
ally Presbyterian;' Harper said.

Lewis, who has been appointed by
The Ecumenical Center Board of
Directors as interim director beginning
Jan. 4, spoke highly of Harper and said
Harper will be greatly missed. "He is a
visionary person who has made a
tremendous contribution to this organi-
zation," she said.
Kristel Buysse, an economics gradu-
ate student from Brussels, Belgium, has
spent the past four years living in the
International residence. She said the pro-
gram will be different after Harper is
"I do not think there will be any more
camping trips or traveling with the
group,' she said. "He was pretty much
the leader of all of(t heim).'
Residents agreed that Harper was a
driving force in the program as well as
an effective manager. "He has gotten a
lot of things done," Buysse said.
Buysse said her only concern is that
there is not currently a replacement for
Harper. Although his position will be
filled, there will be no immediate addi-
tion to the Board

Members of the Michigan First Aid Station Lowell Schmeltz, Marc Schauber and
Yaron Prywes practice scenarios for emergencies in the Perry Building yesterday.
Participants are taught CPR and emergency safety by medical experts.
sskills working



i that
- Shirley Lewis
late director of
onal Residence

of Directors.
"If someone
new came we
would get some
new ideas," she
While Harper
has been in Ann
Arbor, he has
served as adjunct
professor in the

U ni versi ty's
School of Education and at the
Ecumenical Theological Seminary in
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor,
Harper served for five years as
Presbytery associate executive for 100
Presbyterian churches in the East Iowa
Presbytery. For 17 years, he was profes-
sor of church and society at New York
Theological Seminary and in the
Schools of Theology in Dubuque, Iowa,
as well as serving eight years in church-
es in Michigan and Iowa.
In the future, Harper would like to
write a book on accounts of organiza-
tions he believes deserve recognition.
"I want to tell about the positive sto-
ries I find in this world of mostly nega-
tive news," he said.

By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
Studying abroad may be a popular way
to experience foreign cultures, but lesser-
known work-abroad programs may have
more to offer University students.
And when it comes to working
abroad, the University is a national
trendsetter, said Bill Nolting, director
of international opportunities. He
added that the University recently
received an award from the Council
Work Abroad program.
"We got the award for having the
largest number of students from any
one university going on that program,"
Nolting said. "We've actually won that
award four times in the last six years."
LSA junior Kemir Baker, a student
peer advisor who worked in England,
said her experience was both enjoyable
and educational,
"I went after my first year of univer-
sity. I was quite young,' Baker said. "I
worked at tempting agencies. That was
great because you get to see a lot of cul-
tures and diversity because you're
always in a different job.
"I learned a lot about surviving and
going after things,' Baker said. "Once I
finished the program I felt I could do
Nolting estimated that about 500
University students join work-abroad
programs each year.
"in the work-abroad area there's an
almost unique tradition here at
Michigan," he said. "And it's simply
gotten stronger in the last five years."

The University s Overseas
Opportunities Office helps students
interested in working overseas by pro-
viding an extensive reference library,
peer advisors and presentations about
different programs throughout the year.
"What we do is to find what programs
there are to assist people who want to
work abroad," Nolting said. "The whole
idea of an office that actually assists
students in working abroad is rare in the
United States. The few that I know that
are similar to ours are (at) Harvard,
Stanford and Wisconsin.
"I've been to a lot of other universi-
ties and they don't support this at all."
While students can can work virtu-
ally anywhere in the world, obscure
destinations are becoming more attrac-
"The more popular European coun-
tries are popular, but more and more
students want to go to different coun-
tries like in Asia, South America and
Africa," said LSA junior Lori Cloutier,
a peer advisor who worked in England
for three months,
Both Cloutier and Baker agreed that
although they learned a lot about anoth-
er culture, they also gained a better
understanding of being American.
"You're able to look at your own cul-
ture from a different perspective:'
Cloutier said. "Things that you thought
were completely normal might he
strange to (foreigners)."
"When you go somewhere else, you
appreciate who you are -- you have to
anyway,' Baker said.

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