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WKU weather alert for Feb. 19, 2015


Winter-Weather-Advisory-612x612Here’s a WKU winter weather alert for Thursday (Feb. 19):

  • Pearce-Ford Tower update: As of 2:05 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 19), the power has been restored to PFT and all systems are in the process of being tested. We anticipate that all PFT residents will be able to return to the hall at 4 p.m. today. If we encounter any other issues, we will post them on www.wku.edu/housing.
  • All WKU campuses will be closed Thursday (Feb.  19) and Friday (Feb. 20). Essential personnel should report as scheduled. Use caution if traveling.
  • WKU Dining tentative hours of operation for Thursday (Feb. 19) through Sunday (Feb. 22).
  • Preston Center hours: Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cravens library hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 19-20).
  • Mass Media and Technology Hall computer lab hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 19-20).
  • Hardin Planetarium Cabin Fever Marathon: Shows begin at 5 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 19)
  • Super Saturdays update: Super Saturdays classes Feb. 21 on the campus of WKU will not meet this Saturday due to weather; however, Super Saturdays classes at the Kentucky Science Center will meet on schedule.
  • WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Saturday schedule: Due to the closure of ECTC on Saturday (Feb. 21), all classes scheduled that day for WKU students will be canceled.
  • Kentucky Museum schedule: The Kentucky Museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 21-22); regular hours resume Monday (Feb. 23).
  • Other event Feb. 20-21 cancellations/postponements: Praxis exam (Feb. 20); Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care (Feb. 20-21); Faraway Flix Series (Feb. 20); Physics Olympics (Feb. 21).
  • Lady Topper basketball: Lady Toppers host Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 21) at Diddle Arena. (Read more about the game on WKUSports.com)
  • International Fly Fishing Film Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 21) at Downing Student Union. Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • For the latest updates, visit www.wku.eduwww.wku.edu/news or follow WKU News on Twitter @wkunews or Facebook at www.facebook.com/WKUNews

A message to WKU faculty/staff from WKU President Gary Ransdell

While we are canceling classes tomorrow and Friday, there are still numerous campus functions and activities that will go on. We do need personnel involved on student services to be here. If you have activities planned, you may conduct them at your discretion. We have some 5,000 students living on campus and they need places to study, eat and recreate.

It has been a challenging week. I cannot compliment enough our Facilities staffs for their hard work this week to clear the campus as much as possible and care for buildings which have been in use even though the campus has been officially closed for the last three days.  As we communicate now our crews are replacing a high voltage cable which blew yesterday and forced students living in Pearce-Ford Tower to shift to other halls last night and tonight.  PFT will be back on line tomorrow. And cheers to our Campus Dining staff for their outstanding work in feeding so many of our students and staff these last few days.  We have served large numbers of students in the Downing Student Union since Monday.  Our Residence Life staff has kept our residence halls in full operation, and our personnel in IT has been most helpful in opening computer labs for students. And thanks for the Preston Center staff for being open for students and employees.

The campus streets are clear, and most of the walks and steps are clean.  There are numerous piles of snow taking up some parking spaces in many of our parking lots, so if you come to campus use good judgement when parking.  Please do not block vehicular or pedestrian walk ways.

Students with whom I have communicated ( and Julie and I have been with many of them all week) are generally anxious to get back to class, but the weather conditions across the community and region make that a tough call.  I encourage faculty to engage students via email, Blackboard or other means if you can.  Classes may be cancelled, but learning can still occur, and campus business can still be conducted.

Many employees live relatively close to campus and can get to campus if you need to do so. If you cannot, or feel it is dangerous or risky to travel, then don’t. Please use discretion when navigating area roads. We will make it through the next two days as best we can.

Thank you in advance for your service to our students and your departmental needs in difficult conditions. We will be back up to full speed on Monday. Dress warmly and be safe.  

More: Winter weather communication plan

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