9/16/18 Sunday 4:30 PM
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
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com, to explain your situation in advance of your appointment.