| 9/14/04 David
Granger, 334/844-9986 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deedie Dowdle, 334/707-0545 (email@example.com)
UNIVERSITY CANCELS CLASSES FOR REMAINDER OF WEEK
Coliseum to open as shelter Wednesday evening; Board of Trustees meetings
Auburn University this afternoon announced the cancellation of all classes
scheduled for Wednesday through Friday due to the potential for severe
weather associated with Hurricane Ivan.
All Auburn University faculty and staff should report to work on Wednesday.
Only designated personnel should report on Thursday and Friday.
Auburn University Interim President Ed Richardson said the decision to
cancel classes for the remainder of the week was made after consultation
Tuesday afternoon with weather and emergency management officials.
"The safety of our students is our number one priority," Richardson
said. "We feel it is in their best interest to err on the side of
AU officials anticipate classes will resume on Monday, Sept. 20, but students
should check the AU web site at www.auburn.edu and monitor state media
for further developments.
In addition, The Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled
for Friday, and all associated board committee meetings, scheduled for
Thursday and Friday, have been postponed. Richardson said he hopes to
reschedule the Board meeting for some time within the next 10 days.
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, staffed by the local affiliate of the American
Red Cross, will open as a shelter for students, faculty, staff and the
community at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Should the Coliseum reach its capacity,
shelters will be opened at the Student Activities Building and, if needed,
at Haley Center. Persons living in mobile homes are strongly urged to
take precautions in securing their belongings and to seek shelter in one
of these facilities if the severe weather associated with the hurricane
affects the area.
The American Red Cross Web site at http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_587_,00.html
provides information on what those using shelters should bring with them,
as well as other useful preparedness information.
AU also is continuing to weigh weather and emergency management information
with regard to the status of Saturday's football game with LSU. At this
time, there has been no change in the date, starting time or location
of the game and any such decisions will be made only following consultation
with these agencies, the Southeastern Conference Commissioner's office
and representatives of LSU. The status of the game will be re-evaluated
as Hurricane Ivan's path and strength become more clear.
Richardson said a decision on the football game could come as late as
Friday morning. Football fans are urged to check the Auburn Gameday Web
site at www.auburn.edu/gameday
for further developments.
However, because of the potential for damaging winds and flooding, no
RVs will be permitted to park anywhere on campus until further notice.
AU officials encourage all those who plan to travel to Auburn for the
game to do so only after the university announces a final decision on
whether the game will be played.
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