Wingate University deals with impact of Hurricane Florence
Kristen Yost

UPDATE, Monday, 8:30 a.m.: All classes on all campuses will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 18 

Maintenance and grounds crews are on campus cleaning up leaks from this weekend in preparation for tomorrow's classes.

Students traveling back to campus are asked to use their best judgment and check their regional DOT websites before hitting the highway. If you're unable to travel safely, please let your professors know.

NCDOT shows clear travel on major highways except places east of campus, near the coast.

Along with the dining hall being open, Starbucks will also be open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a reminder, the hours for the W.T. Harris Dining Hall will be as follows:

Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light lunch 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

-- McGee Center hours:

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Library hours:

Closed

 


UPDATE, Sunday, 5 p.m.

All classes on all campuses canceled Monday; Union County issuing a 7 p.m. curfew that includes Wingate University.

Continued rain throughout the day has caused localized flooding on campus. At various times throughout the day, roads around the campus have been closed due to rising waters. The National Weather Service is forecasting soggy weather throughout the night and into tomorrow.

The main campus continues to have power, and every residence hall still has a clear path to the dining hall. The Hilltop shuttle continues to run. 

Students are reminded not to swim in flood waters and asked to stay off the roadways once the 7 p.m. curfew goes into place. 

Dining services on Monday will be as follows:

– W.T. Harris

Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light lunch 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

– All retail locations, including Klondike and Starbucks, are closed.

McGee Center hours:

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Library hours:

Closed

Members of the university's Crisis Management Team are continually monitoring the weather and road conditions. A decision about Tuesday classes will be made tomorrow evening.

 


UPDATE, Sunday, 9 a.m.

Creek levels have risen; students asked to stay clear of flooded areas.

Continued rain overnight has caused creek levels on campus to rise. More rain is expected throughout the day, which may lead to more localized flooding. Union County is under a flash flood warning.

Maintenance crews are on campus checking drains and will start inspecting buildings for any leaks.

If you need to report any issues, please call Campus Safety 704-233-8999 or the Residence Life On-Call Number 980-210-4950.

Dining services will be as follows:

– W.T. Harris

Sunday

Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light lunch 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

– All retail locations, including Klondike and Starbucks, are closed.

The next update will be at 5 p.m. today. More information on what services will be available on Monday, including hours of operation for the McGee Center, the library and dining facilities, will be released then. 

 


UPDATE, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Classes canceled on Monday (main campus and Hendersonville)

As of Saturday afternoon, the conditions on the main campus remain relatively clear, other than some small limbs and debris, with no power outages. Classes on the main and Hendersonville campuses are canceled on Monday, but the main campus will be open in anticipation of classes resuming on Tuesday. A decision will be made on Sunday afternoon about whether to cancel Monday classes at Ballantyne.

Students are asked to stay indoors as much as possible because of the continued effects of Florence.

If power goes out and students need help, they are asked to go to their RD.

The McGee Center will open if an outage continues for an extended period of time. Please be patient as it may take some time to get generators up and running. Your RD will let you know when the center is open.

If you need to report any issues, please call Campus Safety 704-233-8999 or the Residence Life On-Call Number 980-210-4950.

Maintenance personnel, grounds crew and Campus Safety personnel are on campus to assist with an issues that may arise.

Dining services will be as follows:

– W.T. Harris

Saturday

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday

Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light lunch 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

– All retail locations, including Klondike and Starbucks, are closed.

 


UPDATE, Saturday, 9 a.m.

Wingate University has power and no problems have been reported

As of Saturday morning, the conditions on campus remain relatively clear other than some small limbs and debris. There have been no reports of creeks overflowing banks. Gusty winds and rain are expected to continue for most of the day.

Students are asked to stay indoors as much as possible due to the continued effects of Florence. 

If power goes out and students need help, please go to your RA.

The McGee Center will open if an outage continues for an extended period of time. Please be patient as it may time some time to get generators up and running. Your RA will let you know when the center is open. 

If you need to report any issues, please call Campus Safety 704-233-8999 or the Residence Life On-Call Number 980-210-4950.

Maintenance, grounds crew and campus safety personnel are on campus to assist with an issues that may arise.


Dining services will be as follows: 

- W.T. Harris 

Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light Lunch 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- All retail locations, including Klondike and Starbucks, are closed.


Another update will be sent around 5 p.m. A decision about Monday classes will be made then.

If the University loses power for an extended period of time, any updates will be communicated to students through the staff we have in the residential areas. Otherwise, updates will be sent through email, social media and wingate.edu

 


UPDATE, Friday, 10:45 a.m.

Wingate University proactively takes systems offline to preserve network
 

As of Friday morning, winds have picked up around the University but no rain has arrived yet. According to the National Weather Service, Union County may see up to 7 inches of rain, with 15 to 20 mph sustained winds on Saturday.

 

Starting at 1 p.m. today, Wingate's IT Services team is planning to take critical systems offline (i.e., PowerCampus, Great Plains, Winlink ,etc.) to further protect the integrity of Wingate's IT infrastructure. This will also preserve power for our phone system, card lock system, and online services requiring user authentication (i.e., Canvas, Office 365, Google Apps, WU Sync, etc.).


Dining services will be as follows: 

 

·         Klondike will close at 9 p.m. today

·         Starbucks will close at 9 p.m. today

·         W.T. Harris dining hall will operate on normal hours today and through the weekend


If the University loses power for an extended period of time, any updates will be communicated to students through the staff we have in the residential areas. Otherwise, updates will be sent Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through email, social media and wingate.edu. A decision about Monday classes will be made before 6 p.m. on Saturday.

 


UPDATE, Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

Wingate University continues to monitor storm; plans in place to serve students who remain on campus

 

According to the National Weather Service, Union County may see 8-10 inches of rain through the weekend. Strong winds and excessive rain may cause downed trees and power lines. Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall sometime Friday.

 

Members of the University's Crisis Management Team (CMT) met again this morning to assess the latest predictions for Union County regarding the impact of Hurricane Florence.

 

With the possibility of strong winds and heavy rain, grounds crews continue to monitor storm drains and gutters for debris. Crews will be on standby to help as needed through the weekend. The University has also been in contact with a local company to help with downed trees. Campus Safety will have extra personnel for both day and night shifts.

 

Additional food and water supplies have been brought in, and if the weather gets too bad for students to make it to the dining hall, food will be delivered to the residence halls.

 

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of students, the University is asking students to report travel plans, regardless of whether you are leaving campus or staying. Please click here to access the online form.

 

Student staff will remain in every residential area, including Hilltop. Temporary spaces are available on the main campus if Hilltop students desire. Hilltop students who would like a temporary space can contact the Office Residence Life & Involvement at res.life@wingate.edu or 704-233-8245.

 

As a reminder:

 

·         Do not use candles or open flames during a power outage.

·         Cell phone service should work as long as your device and the cell towers have power, both of which could be limited.

·         Extended outages may limit access to online services requiring user authentication (Canvas, Office 365, Google Apps, WU Sync, etc.).

·         Students should monitor Canvas or email for information from faculty regarding assignments.

·         The library is closed today and tomorrow.

·         The McGee Center will operate until 7 p.m. today, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Any updates will be made via WUSync or social media.

·         Dining facilities will operate as normal.

 

 

Ballantyne Campus:

 

No classes today, Friday or Saturday.

 

 

Hendersonville Campus:

 

No classes today or Friday.

 
 

 

Updates:

 

The University plans to update the campus community on weather-related conditions and/or any future class cancellations at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Updates will be sent through email and posted on social media and wingate.edu.

 


UPDATE, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

 

Wingate University main campus cancels classes beginning at 5 p.m. today, classes canceled Thursday and Friday

 

The National Weather Service expects Hurricane Florence to slow as it moves inland. The current storm path shifted slightly south and leaves our area on the north edge, possibly resulting in strong winds, heavy rain and/or flooding.

 

Students:
⦁    Classes on the main campus are canceled effective at 5 p.m. today through Friday, September 14.
⦁    Ballantyne and Hendersonville students should monitor their email for any updates on class cancellations. Communication for Ballantyne will come from Dr. Charlesa Hann. Communication for Hendersonville will come from Dr. Kurt Wargo.
⦁    Students should monitor Canvas or email for information regarding assignments.
⦁    The library will also close at 5 p.m. today and remain closed through Friday.
⦁    The McGee Center will operate on normal hours today, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Any updates will be made via WUSync or social media.
⦁    Dining facilities will operate as normal.
⦁    Should students choose to leave campus, they should exercise good judgment and check routes to make sure it's safe to travel.

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Members of the university's Crisis Management Team are continually monitoring the storm and meeting with town and county officials about storm preparations. The administration believes students are safer to stay on campus rather than traveling on roadways where there are reported gas shortages. The university is equipped with extra food, water supplies and back-up generators. Wingate Volunteer Fire Department will operate as a designated Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and will be manned by EMS, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Campus Safety. Union County will have a total of four EOCs in operation within the county.

 


UPDATE, Tuesday, 11:46 a.m.

 

The National Weather Service shows Hurricane Florence as a Category 4 storm heading toward the East Coast. The current storm path could produce strong winds, heavy rain and/or flooding for parts of Union and surrounding counties later this week.

 

At this time, Wingate University’s main campus will remain open and students are not being evacuated. If classes are canceled later this week at any of our campuses, students will be informed through email, wingate.edu and social media.

 

Several buildings, including the dining hall, can operate on generators, but staff members are also prepared to feed and house students with no power. Wingate Dining is bringing in additional cases of water and stocking up on food items.

 

Campus facilities crews are taking measures to mitigate flooding, including clearing gutters and storm drains of any debris.

 

Students can also prepare by doing the following:

 

·  Having a flashlight with extra batteries.

·  Getting extra non-perishable food for your dorm room.

·  Staying clear of downed power lines, water-covered walkways or roads.

·  Downloading an app that enables you to use your phone as a walkie-talkie (i.e. Zello or Two-Way).

·  Monitoring email, wingate.edu and social media for weather-related updates.

Hilltop Hall residences will remain in place unless extreme circumstances deem it necessary for them to be transported to the main campus. Residence Life staff will notify students of any changes.

 

Ballantyne and Hendersonville students should monitor their email for any updates on possible class cancellations. Communication for Ballantyne will come from Dr. Charlesa Hann. Communication for Hendersonville will come from Dr. Kurt Wargo.

 

Members of the university's Crisis Management Team are continually monitoring the storm and meeting with town and county officials about storm preparations. We plan to update the community daily as the storm moves closer inland.

 

As a reminder, in an emergency situation call 911 immediately. For non-emergency situations, call Campus Safety at 704-233-8999.

 

For more information on Hurricane Florence, click here.

 

To read more about Wingate's emergency preparedness, click here.

 

Faculty, staff and students can update contact information for emergency messages in WinLink. Check your email for instructions. **Students should also update parent information through WinLink**. Anyone else wishing to receive emergency messages from Wingate, click here.