Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 | 3:00PM
St. Andrews physical plant staff, our electrical contractor and our disaster recovery contractors have been working through the weekend. Electrical power has been restored to the residential side of campus. Power from off campus flows through the residential side of campus before it goes across the lake to the academic side. Now, work is underway to bring the power up to our academic buildings. However, several electrical switch gear rooms in some academic buildings must be dried out before power can be extended. In other areas, parts arrived this morning to repair the damage done to the chiller that cools our buildings and those parts will be installed soon.
September 24, 2018
Update: Power Restored; Classes to resume!
I’m pleased to report that classes on the St. Andrews University campus will resume on a regular schedule beginning Monday, October 1, 2018. Students may return to campus on Sunday, September 30, 2018, and meal service will begin with breakfast on Monday morning. All faculty and staff are expected to return to work on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
While electrical power has been restored to the St. Andrews campus, air conditioning is not yet operational but is being serviced so that it will be working on or before Sunday when students are permitted to return to campus.
As required, to make up missed class days and continue to support student learning, the Fall term schedule has been modified. Classes will be extended for two additional weeks running through December 14, 2018, with exams scheduled for the week of December 17-21, 2018. There will be no Fallbreak on October 11-14, 2018.
The start of Spring Semester 2019 has been moved one week later, with new student orientation to be held on January 14-15, 2019, and classes for Spring Semester will begin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Baccalaureate Services will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, and Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A revised and more detailed calendar will be posted to the website in the next several days.
I commend the St. Andrews physical plant staff; many faculty, coaches and staff members; and our contractors for their hard work over long hours during the worst of the storm and in its aftermath. We still have a great of deal of clean up and repair work to be done and some areas of the campus will not be in use for several more weeks, but we are making a remarkable recovery given the amount of damage caused by hurricane Florence.
I also want to extend a special thank you to our alumni, the Laurinburg community and many friends who demonstrated their support with financial gifts, prayers and acts of hospitality beyond measure. Further updates and important information will be posted on our website and through social media between now and the resumption of classes on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Paul Baldasare, President
Although power has been restored to both sides of campus, there are several areas of campus in which considerable work must be done before they can be brought back on line. Specifically, the buildings that received the most damage and still require the most work are the Morgan-Jones Science Center and the Belk Student Center. It will take several more days to dry them out sufficiently before power will be turned on to these buildings.
St. Andrews is aware that the altered schedule for the 2018 fall semester may pose special challenges for some students. The schedule change is necessary first to ensure that you have the time to acquire the essential knowledge and skills that are an integral part of each of your courses, and second to meet federal Department of Education course credit requirements. In particular, the schedule change may pose some special challenges for international students who have already made long-distance travel arrangements – and perhaps for others as well. I want you to know that St. Andrews is committed to working with each of you for whom the altered class schedule presents a special burden, and with your professors, to develop a reasonable and appropriate plan based on your individual situations.
If you believe that you fall into this category, once you return to campus, please contact Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, the Academic Dean, to discuss your situation. You can schedule an appointment through Ms. Julie Willis, the Academic Affairs administrative assistant, at extension 5240. And you can also write directly to Dean Loftus, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to explain your situation in advance of your appointment.
Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | 11:00 AM
Internet and email services now operational
During the hurricane and the loss of power, the SAU website remained accessible as it was powered off campus. However, when power was lost on campus, the internet and email service were down, and our telephones were not working so access other than through social media or other email accounts was difficult.
Now that power has been restored to most of the campus including the residence dorms and the Information Technology office is again operational, campus telephones are working, the internet and campus email system is functional and available via campus wifi (in most buildings) or by using your wireless service provider.
We want to remind those who may have been looking at or returning to the website for events or news updates that we continue to provide information such as the recently changed academic schedule. Please use the navigation bar at the top of the web page to access all areas of our campus community. Recent job postings for equestrian, communication studies and science positions are now posted under ABOUT and then scroll to employment.
A number of future planned events will need to be rescheduled, and those notices will be posted on the website, email and social media.
A completely revised academic calendar for this and next semester will be posted when it is finished.
Wednesday/12 Sept. 2018
St. Andrews University continues to prepare for the hurricane/storm arrival:
- Classes are suspended until Monday, Sept. 17, but the campus and residence buildings remain open and staffed with resident directors; students will be accounted for as they leave or stay. Meals will continue as regularly planned.
- Physical Plant has made preparations to secure campus buildings in the event of heavy rain.
- Food Services has received extra deliveries of non-perishable food and water.
- Staff members have met with local authorities who have pledged support and assistance if needed.
- Athletic events have been cancelled EXCEPT football. Football will leave campus a day earlier than planned. The game will be played Friday instead of Saturday afternoon in Georgetown, Ky.
- Residence Life Staff and Campus Safety officers are on duty and available to assist students.
- Dean of Students Dr. Verhey has announced that alumni have offered assistance and accommodations if students not leaving the campus would like to be their guests. Contact him at 910.277.5145.
Updates will be available on our website and social media accounts as they develop or change.
Wednesday/12 Sept. 2018 8:00 PM
St. Andrews University continues to prepare for the hurricane/storm arrival:
1. Scotland County has instituted a curfew beginning tomorrow. The curfew will be enforced from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M.
The county has been notified that essential University operations will be ongoing. Staff members reporting for or leaving work during the curfew hours should have a St. Andrews Parking decal on their vehicle and a St. Andrews employee ID card. Please come to security on Thursday to obtain these items. You’ll also be able to get a windshield placard identifying you as a St. Andrews employee.
The curfew does not take effect until 7 P.M. Thursday.
2. If power is interrupted for an extended period, the university’s primary phone number will not work nor accessibility to our website or email. If you cannot reach your son or daughter, please call the emergency campus number that will function as long as there is cellular coverage. Security should be able to answer most questions and/or find the student to relay information. That number is 910.280.2895.
However, additional information about St. Andrews in the event of a power outage and storm information will be shared with Webber International University and posted on their website at www.webber.edu. This will only happen if St. Andrews cannot post updates on our website at www.sa.edu and social media sites.
St. Andrews University announces the 13th annual John Calvin McNair Lecture Series for Science and Theology to be held Oct. 8 in the William Belk Center Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room with dinner at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m.
This year’s speaker is Jeffery L. Deal, MD, the author of an anthropology book on South Sudan and four novels, and who recently retired from his position as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International. He is presently the Senior Fellow in Public Health for the College of Charleston and the Department of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Deal is a member of the London International Development Centre, a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds Board Certification in Tropical Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in the US. He is also a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
“A Land At the Centre of the World” (Markoulakis Publications), his ethnography of the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan, is now in its second edition with the third edition due out in late 2018.
In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology, global ethics, and surgery. When not working in the field, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife of 41 years.
Dr. Deal is keen to reflect on the ethical, social and theological critiques that inter-cultural work can bring to Western faith and medical commitments, particularly around treatment of body and soul, and the way various forms of Western “treatment” are challenged whey they encounter non-Western kinship. His later work involves a deep wrestling with the philosophical and theological foundations of Western medicine from the vantage point of theological anthropology and ethics.
He is an active member of a Baptist congregation in Charleston, SC, and he brings those commitments to bear on his work as a medical caregiver.
Dr. Deal’s topic is “What is a family? Beyond Sex, Perspectives from South Sudan.”
The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other...”
The event is free but reservations are required and can be made at email@example.com or 910.277.5025.
St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC. The University's mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core.—30—
Revised Academic Calendar for 2018-2019 now ready
Numerous changes were required to revise the Academic Calendar following the two-plus weeks missed because of the Hurricane Florence.
Below are just a few of the dates that are immediately pertinent to our campus from now through Commencement. It is necessary that faculty, staff and students access the complete schedule that is available on www.sa.edu by opening the navigation bar on the home page, choosing Academics and scrolling to Academic Calendar for the updated 2018-2019 calendar that is now effective.
SOME DATES TO KNOW:
Oct. 1 Classes resume
(No fall break)
22 mid-term grades
29 first day of Demi 2
Nov. 5-16 Advisement period for Advanced Registration for Spring term 2019
21-25 Thanksgiving break
Dec. 14 Last day of classes
17-21 Final Exams
22 Dorms close at 10 a.m.
Jan. 14-15 New student orientation
15 Registration—Main Campus
16 Classes begin
March 4 Mid-term grades
9-17 Spring break
April 1-12 Advisement period for Advanced Registration for Fall term 2019
19-22 Easter break
May 2 Last day of classes
3 Study day
4; 6-9 Final exams