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 EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU has Expert on Spain Available for Comment 



EDITOR'S ADVISORY                                                                   3-11-04


In connection with today's rush-hour, train and station bombings in Madrid, Spain, that killed and injured hundreds, we wanted you to know that Jose Augustin Martinez-Samos, an assistant professor of modern languages and cultures at Slippery Rock University and a native of Spain, is available for comment and expert opinion.

Martinez-Samos joined the SRU faculty last fall coming from Spain to teach Spanish as well as culture and literature classes on Spain. He grew up in Granada, Spain, about five hours from Madrid, and has been in contact today with family members there. He can provide background information on the importance and influence of Basque separatists who are being blamed for the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history. The group has denied involvement and has condemned the bombing.

He can be reached at home at 724-776-6791 or by cell phone at 724-816-6104.


In addition, Kathryn "Katie" Roemele, an SRU senior Spanish/international business major from the Fombell area of Beaver Falls, is in Spain as part of a semester-long study program at the University of Alcala, in Alcala de Henares, Spain, as part of SRU's international study program. She reports this morning that television and radio news throughout Spain are linking the bombings to terrorists and likening them to American's 911 attacks. Roemele further reports she and all other SRU students studying in Spain are safe. Roemele and her fellow SRU students will return to campus in May following completion of their studies. She can be reached for further comment on her cell phone by dialing:


Those needing other details may call 724-738-2199


K.E. Schwab -- PN, PgN, WPN, PR, PT


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