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Pastoral Message from SAU Chaplain

21 September 2018, 3:36 pm Written by

Rev. Dr. J. Henery

University Chaplain;  Director of Communications


21 Sept. 2018

            As do many St. Andrews faculty and staff, I wear a few different "hats" on campus, but the one I am now sharing is my role as your university chaplain with a pastoral message for our community.

            Too many years ago and in seminary in Chicago, I briefly studied with an extraordinary woman who had developed a five-stage theory about how we deal with death or suffering or loss.  She was Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and her theory was that when we lose someone or experience tragedy, we go through behavioral dimensions starting with denial leading to anger, bargaining, depression and last, but hopefully, acceptance of our situation.  We slip and slide through these stages and often repeat and sometimes stay too long in one of the first four but the goal is to move to acceptance and deal with what happened.

            In a very real and painful way, what has just happened on campus and throughout our region fits that description:  denial, anger, bargaining, depression and now, slowly inching our way toward acceptance.

            Simply put, a number of spaces on our campus were damaged and beyond denial, we are now challenged with numerous questions and uncertainty about returning/catching up, etc.  No longer about denial, it happened and we must cope.

            And somewhere out there is that final, almost elusive stage of acceptance.  It's the hardest one to achieve.  Experiencing acceptance doesn't mean we have to be happy or content about it or forget what happened.  It means dealing with what we have, appreciating whom we have and doing our best with what we have.

            And that, my friends—faculty, staff and students—is where we are.

            Now, the sermon.  We have been beat up and many are hurting about loss, even those who are not here, miles from Laurinburg with their own problems.  But for the past week in Laurinburg on this campus and elsewhere, I have seen myriad examples of people who passionately care about St. Andrews who have been here cleaning, trying to fix or save something, the emergency shelter that was set up in the gym, townspeople who have come to help, alumni who have reached out.  Our campus staff has been amazingly involved, doing all they can, considering that these same people also endured power outages and water damage.  So much kindness and interest in this place that is an essential part of Laurinburg and Scotland County.

            It's about acceptance:  we are a real place with real people who are invested in what we are doing here.  We can be upset about missing our games or classes, but we have to move on and reclaim the future of our community and once again, be with each other.

            Scriptures and all faith traditions are full of verses relating to tragedy or loss but all resonate with a clear message:  tomorrow comes and when people bind together, they will overcome and goodness will prevail.  And yes, even whining a bit, but truly focused on celebrating that which is still to come.

            Now is the time for us to move from denial, leave anger and "what ifs" behind and carry on.

            Habakkuk (3:17-19) describes our situation thus:  Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.

            That is my idea of acceptance.  Please, when we reopen and you return to make us whole again, join us as we continue to affirm our purpose to do our best to make a difference at St. Andrews.  Like it or not, we are all in this together.




Dr. Henery

 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.  

We are making arrangements to bring a mobile kitchen to campus early in the week that will allow Pioneer Food Service to set up to prepare and feed students until such time as the kitchen equipment in the cafeteria has been tested and repaired or replace if necessary.  While there is much work still be done, a lot of progress has been made on our highest priorities--electrical service, air-conditioning, food service and water mitigation.  We hope to be able to make a decision early in the week about the re-started of classes on the St. Andrews campus. 
Thanks to the teamwork of our physical plant staff and contractors and to the patience of our faculty, staff and students.  We will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share.
Paul Baldasare



24 September 2018, 7:22 pm Written by

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

Campus Update

25 September 2018, 2:27 pm Written by

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.
Faculty offices and classrooms in Morgan-Jones will be reassigned temporarily to other locations on campus.  On Thursday of this week, a mobile kitchen will be delivered to campus and installed so that meals can be prepared and food service relocated while the kitchen and cafeteria are being renovated.  The art studios in the Morgan Liberal Arts building also were damaged and still require significant clean-up and repair.
It is important to know that the Morgan-Jones Science Center, the Belk Student Center and the art studios will have limited use until such time as their clean-up and repair have been completed.  More information about progress being made in these areas and specifically about classroom and office reassignments will be provided before the resumption of classes on Monday, October 1st
Paul Baldasare, President

Campus Update - Altered Schedule

25 September 2018, 2:31 pm Written by

Dear Students,

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, to explain your situation in advance of your appointment.


Paul Baldasare,



Internet & Email

27 September 2018, 11:10 am Written by

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.


And, a reminder that students are welcomed back on Sunday, Sept. 30, with classes beginning Monday, Oct.1.


John Calvin McNair Lecture Cancelled

27 September 2018, 11:55 am Written by

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | 11:00 AM


The 2018 John Calvin McNair Lecture Series evening scheduled for Oct. 8 at St. Andrews University has been cancelled.  A future date, possibly in February or March of 2019, will be announced later.​





12 September 2018, 9:50 am Written by


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.


12 September 2018, 8:12 pm Written by


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  This will only happen if St. Andrews cannot post updates on our website at and social media sites. 



John Calvin McNair Lecture Series

10 September 2018, 12:14 pm Written by

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 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—