Friday, October 7, 2016

Update on Hurricane Matthew



UPDATE #7: Oct. 7, 2016 @ 10 a.m. EDT - STU’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 9:30 this morning. The Tropical Storm warning for our areas has been cancelled. Fortunately, the community sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Matthew. Our campus lost no power and we had no damage to facilities.

WHAT’S OPEN/WHAT’S CLOSED:

FRIDAY:

  • Classes are still cancelled for today.

The University will be opening the following facilities at noon on Friday:

  • Main Library
  • Law Library
  • Fernandez Family Center

Online classes will be held as regularly scheduled. However, adjunct professors for online classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where Online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.

CAMPUS DINING
Bobcat Dining Hall will reopen for meal service today, as follows:
  • Brunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Rathskeller will open today from 6 – 10 p.m.


SATURDAY - SUNDAY
All facilities are open as regularly scheduled.

CAMPUS DINING: Rathskeller and Bobcat Dining will open as regularly scheduled.

ATHLETICS: All athletics programs have been cancelled for this weekend. Refer to stubobcats.com for rescheduled dates.

MONDAY

All operations return to normal and classes resume as regularly scheduled.

COUNSELING AVAILABLE:

We realize that some STU students have families in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew, especially Haiti and the Bahamas. A Counselor will be on campus today beginning at Noon to meet with any students anxious about their family and friends. Please call 305.628.6695 if you wish to speak with a counselor. Please know your families are in our prayers.

Please join us in praying for those affected by, and those still in the path, of Hurricane Matthew.

NO FURTHER ADVISORIES WILL BE ISSUED.
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UPDATE #6: Oct. 6, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. EDT - STU’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 5:30 this evening to review the 5:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Miami-Dade County remains in a Tropical Storm Warning with wet and windy weather expected throughout the evening. Residential students are urged to remain inside, if possible.

Classes are still cancelled for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 7. However, the University will be opening the following facilities at noon on Friday:
  • Main Library
  • Fernandez Family Center

Online classes will be held as regularly scheduled. However, Adjunct Professors for Online Classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where Online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.

Residential Students please be advised that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will still be closed tomorrow. However, the Bobcat Dining Hall will reopen for meal service, as follows

  • Brunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

We realize that some STU students have families in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew, especially Haiti and the Bahamas. A counselor will be on campus tomorrow beginning at noon to meet with any students anxious about their family and friends. Please call 305.628.6695 if you wish to speak with a counselor. Please know your families are in our prayers.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check www.stu.edu, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.

THE NEXT STU ADVISORY ON HURRICANE MATTHEW WILL BE ISSUED AT 10:00AM TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016.
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UPDATE #5: Oct. 6, 2016 @ 11:30 a.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Based on the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. intermediate advisory, Miami-Dade continues to be under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County remains under a Hurricane Warning. The most recent weather reports indicate that Tropical Storm Force winds will begin impacting Miami-Dade County around 11 a.m. this morning and throughout the day today, in particular during the early afternoon and evening. Broward County will be impacted likewise, starting a little bit later in the day. Residential students are asked to remain indoors today, and no one should be on the road beginning midday, as winds will be picking up.

THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW, OCTOBER 6-7.

Online classes are not affected by these closures. However, adjunct professors for online classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.


Non-residential students and non-essential STU employees are asked not to return to campus until further notice. Bobcat Shuttle services are suspended until further notice.

A reminder to Residential Students that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will be closed today and tomorrow. Lunch and dinner today will be provided at the dorms (boxed meals), as follows:
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge

Information on Dining Services for tomorrow will be provided in future advisories.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check www.stu.edu, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.

THE NEXT STU ADVISORY ON HURRICANE MATTHEW WILL BE ISSUED AT 7:00PM TONIGHT, OCTOBER 6, 2016.
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UPDATE #4: Oct. 5, 2016 @ 9:30 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Based on the National Hurricane Center’s 8:00 p.m. intermediate advisory, Miami-Dade continues to be under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County remains under a Hurricane Warning. Storm tracking is not an exact science. However, the most recent weather reports are indicating that impacts from the storm are anticipated to be felt in our area throughout the day tomorrow, in particular during the early afternoon and evening.

THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TOMORROW AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6-7. (Online classes are not affected by these closures.)

A reminder that the front gate will close at midnight tonight and only residential students and STU essential personnel will be allowed to enter. Non-residential students and non-essential STU employees are asked not to return to campus until further notice. Bobcat Shuttle services are suspended until further notice.

Residential Students please be advised that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will be closed tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on Thursday, October 6, will be provided at the dorms (boxed meals), as follows:
  • University Inn – M-217
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge

Information on dining services for Friday will be provided in future advisories.

Students are urged to review the 2016 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize themselves with preparations they can take.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check www.stu.edu, follow updates on STU’s Facebook Page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.

THE NEXT STU ADVISORY ON HURRICANE MATTHEW WILL BE ISSUED AT 10:00AM TOMORROW, OCTOBER 6, 2016.

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UPDATE #3: Oct. 5, 2016 @ 12 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory, Miami-Dade is under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County is under a Hurricane Warning.

All University classes and programs are cancelled effective 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 5. Administrative offices and the Library will also close at 3 p.m. The front gate will close at midnight tonight and only residential students and STU essential personnel will be allowed to enter.

The University will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. The Bobcat Shuttle will stop operations today at 4 p.m.

Online classes are not affected.

DINING INFORMATION:

The Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will close today at 3pm. The Bobcat Dining Hall will remain open for regularly scheduled lunch and dinner service today, October 5th. Breakfast tomorrow morning (Thursday, October 6) will be provided to our residential students, as follows:
  • University Inn – M-217
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge
Information on Dining Services for the rest of Thursday and Friday will be provided in future advisories.
Students are urged to review the 2016 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize themselves with preparations they can take.
Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check http://www.stu.edu/, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.
STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.

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UPDATE #2: Oct. 4 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. advisory, Miami-Dade and Broward continue under a Tropical Storm Watch.

At this time, all university operations are normal and there are NO plans to cancel classes this evening.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates, as needed. An STU Alert! will be sent out tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 5, after the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center and will provide information on any adjustments to campus operations that may be required in response to the storm’s approach.

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As Hurricane Matthew continues to travel north and closer to Florida, St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the developments and will be providing the university community with updates as information becomes available. As of 11 a.m. today, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Miami-Dade and Broward County. Based on latest reports, impacts to our area are not expected until some time Thursday morning.

At this time, all university operations are normal and there are NO plans to cancel classes this evening or close the campus today.

In the coming hours, information on the storm’s track and potential impact will be clearer. Additional information and instructions will be provided to the STU Community following the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. advisory today.

Students, faculty and staff should continue monitoring local media and pay attention to updates from the National Hurricane Center. This is a good time to review and finalize personal hurricane plans and make personal and family preparations at home.

For more information on hurricane preparation and tips, please visit please visit STU’s Weather Emergency Guide or Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide.

All information related to this weather event, including instructions for students, faculty and staff, will be posted on our homepage and/or www.stu.edu/storm. In addition, STUAlert! messages will be sent via voicemail, text, email and the wall-mounted in-class/common areas notification system, should it be needed.

These alerts are sent via the method selected in MyBobcat; students, faculty and staff are asked to please take a moment to ensure we have the most updated personal contact information. Additional notifications will be sent via the University’s Facebook and other social media platforms.

St. Thomas University is recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady university. The designation signifies that the university is well prepared to safeguard its people and property
from severe weather. STU is one of only three university’s in the county to be recognized for establishing policies and programs that aide our community during weather-related emergencies in a manner that protects life and safety.

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