Latest News

Hurricane Michael Update

10 October 2018, 11:06 am Written by
Dear St. Andrews University community,
It is hard to believe, given what we have recently endured, that another hurricane is bearing down on the Florida panhandle and will bring more rain to eastern North Carolina. Rest assured, our maintenance staff is preparing for the storm and the administration is closely following the progress of Hurricane Michael. 
At this point we are convinced that, while we are likely to experience significant rain and wind Thursday night, there is no imminent danger to our facilities, students, faculty, or staff.  We do not intend to cancel classes, evacuate campus, or make any changes to our normal schedule.
We will, however, continue to monitor the progress of the storm and inform every one of any changes in our response to Hurricane Michael.  As a reminder, please make sure you are signed into our Nixel alert system on your cell phone, which will be useful in the event we lose power.  Our highest priority remains, as always, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
Paul Baldasare, President 

   St. Andrews University will be hosting the return of Chinese American Artist and former faculty member Daniel Nie on Oct. 23-24 and holding several workshops for students and faculty on campus.

   Mr. Nie is a St. Andrews University alumnus, class of 1984, who also returned as a faculty member from 1987-1992.  He is a renowned artist living in the Washington D.C. area.

   He is the author of several works, including his novels Building Your Own American Dream: The Lessons I’ve Learned from Coming to America and Thinking Outside the Box: Meaningful Words in Coolligraphy.  His works can be viewed on and 

   "I attended St. Andrews in 1981 after I arrived in the U.S. as a young man from China.  St. Andrews taught me to be an open-minded person, provided me with a solid educational foundation and helped further my studies.  I returned to the university as a faculty member and taught full time in this fine institution for five years. During my time as a professor, I developed a unique visual system called "Coolli" which later became a successful business, both as an art form and a training for creative thinking,"  Mr. Nie said,

   Scotia Village, 2200 Elm. Ave, will host a book signing event for Mr. Nie on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  He will have copies of both his books and art work available for display and sale.  Mr. Nie will talk about his works, give some insights on his creation "Cooligraphy" and share some of his experiences as a Chinese American.

    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.  Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines.  Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.—30—


15 September 2018, 10:21 am Written by

9/15/2018   Saturday  10:30 am  




Campus sustained minor damage during the storm. Power is on and everyone is doing well. Reopening will be decided later today.

Fallen trees and some wind damage appear to be the major effects from Florence.

The wind speeds have decreased. However, we will continue to experience some wind throughout the day. Expect heavy rain to continue until today and through the night.

The decision on when classes will resume will be made later today.




SAU WEATHER ALERT - Football Team Update

14 September 2018, 10:22 am Written by

9/14/2018   Friday   11:00 am  




The St. Andrews Football Team will remain in Kentucky after tonight’s game with Georgetown College.


The team will travel back to Laurinburg on Saturday after the effects of Hurricane Florence have subsided.


As of 9/14/18 at 10:30 AM, SAU still has power.




15 September 2018, 3:52 pm Written by

9/15/2018   Saturday  4:00 pm  






In light of the continuing impact of Hurricane Florence on road conditions, power outages and flooding throughout southeastern North Carolina and the forecast for continuing rain and high winds at least through Sunday, St. Andrews classes are cancelled for Monday, September 17, 2018,  but will resume Tuesday, September 18, 2018, beginning with all 8 a.m. classes.

Although the St. Andrews campus maintained power and had limited food service during the storm, students should not return to campus until Monday afternoon, September 17, 2018, when all student services will be fully available.  Students are required to check in with their Residence Director when they return to campus so an accurate count of all students can be made.

Student-athletes who have questions about scheduled practices and games next week should contact their respective coaches about schedule changes.

All faculty and staff are expected to return to work on Monday, September 17, 2018, unless weather, safety concerns, or other conflicts prevail.  Staff members with questions about their return to work should contact their supervisor by email or phone. ​




16 September 2018, 4:27 pm Written by

9/16/18 Sunday 4:30 PM


All Faculty, Staff and Students:
Based on the most current weather and road conditions in and around Scotland County and an evaluation of the levels of rain, standing water, and lake conditions on campus, the start of classes now has been postpone until further notice.  All returning students, faculty and staff will be given at least 48-hour notice before classes are scheduled to resume.  The St. Andrews campus continues to have electrical power and internet service as well as food service for those students currently in residence.  All other students should not return to campus until further notice.
With the exception of essential staff, all faculty and staff are encouraged to remain at home until further notice.  Staff members with questions or specific concerns should contact their supervisor by email or phone. 


16 September 2018, 10:56 pm Written by

9/16/18 Sunday   11:00 PM


Today, Laurinburg and Scotland County experienced significant amounts of rain and some flooding in various parts of our local community.  On the St. Andrews campus Lake Moore overflowed its banks in several low lying areas resulting in water entering the ground floors of the Morgan Jones Science Center, the Belk Student Center and the Morgan Liberal Arts Building.  All residence halls and other academic and athletic buildings remain dry and well above water levels. 


However, power was lost to the campus at approximately 5:30pm, but efforts are underway to restore it.  St. Andrews has joined with county officials for the St. Andrews PE Building to be used as an evacuation site for local citizens who are experiencing flood waters in their homes, and the county crews have already set up generators and lights.   


All students on campus are safe and dry in their residence halls.  Our food service is set up to feed students and staff tomorrow while we wait for power to be restored.  Another update will be forthcoming tomorrow morning.


Paul Baldasare, President




17 September 2018, 3:32 pm Written by

9/17/18 Monday 3:30 PM


As of this afternoon (9/17), the St. Andrews campus remains without power, but the city is making significant progress in restoring water city-wide, including at St. Andrews.  No students remain on campus; all have been successfully moved to their homes or to temporary residences with power, water and internet connections.  The lake overflow is rapidly receding and damage assessment is underway with the help of a disaster recovery company.


While the equestrian center sustained some wind and rain damage, all of our horses are safe, being fed regularly, and in good health.  The physical plant and security staff on the main campus and the equestrian staff at the center worked tirelessly through the storm and did a great job of mitigating some of our damages.  The student life staff and Pioneer food service worked closely with students and made sure they were safe, dry and had plenty of food throughout the storm as well.


A special thanks goes out to those St. Andrews alumni and staff who are helping to house students who were unable to return to their homes during the storm.   Several members of the faculty and the administrative staff also contributed a great deal of time, energy and support over the last several days helping to mitigate damages, keeping essential services operating as long as we had power, and cleaning up wherever possible.


At this time, classes remain cancelled and administrative offices are closed until power is restored and a full damage assessment can be completed.  As stated earlier, students and staff will be given at least 48-hour notice before classes are set to resume.  Please continue to check the St. Andrews website for further updates.

Paul Baldasare, President

Hurricane Relief

18 September 2018, 5:21 pm Written by

9/18/18 Tuesday 5:30 PM


Clean up on campus is well underway today (9/18) and progress is being made.  The rain has stopped and Lake Moore has receded considerably.  Our staff and outside contractors are hard at work trying to restore power; drying out the cafeteria, kitchen and other areas on campus that received the most water damage; and getting all essential services back up and running.  We are eager to get students back to campus as soon as possible.  We do not have a specific timetable for re-opening yet, but will give everyone at least 48-hour notice as soon as we make that decision.


Please continue to watch for updates on the St. Andrews website and on other social media outlets.  We’ll keep you informed as often as we can as we work through these next challenging days of recovery and re-opening.


Paul Baldasare, President

Hurricane Relief 9/20

20 September 2018, 11:51 am Written by

9/20/18 Thursday 11:30 AM


Today (9/20), the disaster recovery company we’ve hired to lead our efforts to mitigate water damage in our buildings, as well as clean up and remove debris, is set up on campus with equipment and staff and is actively working.  At this point, the work is focused on the cafeteria and kitchen in the Belk Student Center and the first floor of the Morgan-Jones Science Center.  Repair work is already underway at the Equestrian Center farm house and other areas that suffered wind and rain damage during the storm. 


    We have also hired an industrial electrical repair company to work with our local electrician and our own physical plant staff to restore power to campus.  They have completed an assessment of our electrical system, dried out our electrical switch gear rooms, and run key tests to determine what needs to be done to safely bring power back up.  Several replacement electrical components have arrived on campus this morning by FedEx, and our electrical team is in the process of replacing these electrical parts and implementing their plan to restore power as soon as possible.


More information will be forthcoming later today.


Paul Baldasare , President