Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2012

CU campus closed until Thursday

BLUEFIELD — A power outage affecting most of the Concord University campus in Athens has caused postponements in the summer school schedule for this week.

Meanwhile, Bluefield State College is on its regular schedule today.

Registration for the second summer term at Concord has been postponed until Thursday, said Dr. Kendra Boggess, vice president and academic dean, on Sunday. Classes will also begin on Thursday.

“There will be no students on campus on Monday or Tuesday,” she said. The campus will close to observe Independence Day on Wednesday as scheduled.

Both Concord campuses in Athens and at the state higher education center in Beckley will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Concord spokeswoman Sarah Dalton said on Sunday.

“We’re doing this because of the state of emergency and the power [outages],” Dalton said. She said only “essential personnel as designated by their supervisor” will report to work today and Tuesday.

Even when operations resume, she said the university will be sensitive to individual situations.

“Our constituents are our students and faculty and staff,” she said. “Each of them has his or her their own unique circumstances, and we are taking that into consideration.”

Boggess said that efforts were underway to contact staff concerning when they are to report, though continued outages as a result of Saturday’s storm have left some residents of the area without Internet access and in some cases without phone service.

She said, “They’ve been contacted, I think — if they can be contacted.”

On the Athens campus, she said, “Power is out everywhere except dorms that have students living in them. Everything else is out.”

A generator is supplying limited power, which among other things keeps the campus computer systems from going down.

The first summer term ended on Friday. Boggess said some faculty had expressed concerns to her that they have not been able to file final grades online prior to the previously announced deadline. She said that deadline has been extended.

Class days in the second summer term were originally scheduled for today and Tuesday, meaning that creative means will be used to make up instructional time, Boggess said. She said there are no plans at present to extend the term beyond its scheduled end date.

She said on a previous occasion when snow caused the loss of instructional hours, “We asked the faculty to handle it by Internet. They could put extra assignments online.”

At Bluefield State, “Our systems are all go,” said director of institutional and media relations Jim Nelson. In cases where people have been affected by power interruptions, he said the BSC administration “would encourage our faculty to work in a reasonable fashion with students to make up missed work.”

— Contact Tom Bone at

tbone@bdtonline.com

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