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INTERNET UPDATE

The server on campus has been restored. E-mail, Angel, and the website are once again functioning. 

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POWER RESTORED TO CAMPUS. COLLEGE TO REOPEN

Power was restored to campus at 9:30 P.M. Friday night. The College will reopen with classes resuming on Monday, November 5. We will operate business as usual with all students, staff, and faculty reporting at normal time. 

Students can return to campus at any time. The Campus Center and dining hall are open and will begin operating normal business hours on Sunday. The dining hall will follow these hours for Saturday: lunch will be served 11:30-12:30 and dinner will be served from 5-6.

We wish everyone a safe return to AB!

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UPDATE as of 6 P.M. on Wednesday, October 31

College administrators met again early Wednesday evening with officials from the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management. Unforeseen developments indicate that it will take longer than expected to have power restored to campus.  

Therefore, the College has decided to cancel classes and close campus for Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2.

Any student who is able and wishes to leave campus may do so at any time, however we strongly recommend, recommend that students wait to travel until tomorrow due to falling temperatures this evening and threat of roads freezing.

For those students who cannot leave or wish to stay on campus, the Campus Center will continue to be powered by a generator and will be open 24/7. It will continue to serve as an emergency shelter for students, and regular meals, which include hot food options, are being served in the dining hall. The dining hall is running on regular schedule. 

Students can use outlets in the Campus Center to charge cell phones and laptops, and may stay inside for comfort until power is restored elsewhere on campus. Erickson is also open to students as another option for students seeking warmer temperatures as its lobby is heated by a fireplace. 

Campus Security is able to accept phone calls at the following number: 304-457-6247. They may experience a high call volume, so callers may need to make multiple attempts to get an answer.  Please call again. The residence life staff is on hand to speak with parents and establish a connection to students.

The College remains committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of our students and staff members continue to meet on a daily basis to monitor residence halls, food, water, and sanitation needs. Each residence hall is having a meeting this evening to disseminate information to students and answer any concerns. Also, the City of Philippi is a top priority in the state as water and sanitation are dependent on electricity. 

More information will be updated and announced when received. The internet on campus is back up and running therefore e-mail and access to Angel and  the College’s website has been restored.

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AB COLLEGE CAMPUS UPDATE AS OF 5 PM, OCTOBER 30

As noted in the earlier message, the College will be closed, with classes canceled, for Wednesday, October 31.
College officials continue to receive briefings and advice in daily meetings with the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management. Based on today’s meeting at 3 p.m., the College continues to discourage students from traveling outside the area based on treacherous road conditions.


Given the widespread power outages in the area, the College continues to make provisions in the Campus Center as an emergency shelter for residential students, and has adequate provision of drinking water and food for students. Temporary Port-o-Lets will be available throughout campus with the potential loss of water for sanitation.

Athletic contests scheduled on campus for the weekend will continue as planned at the present time.
President Creehan, residence life staff, and other college officials are meeting with students during today’s dining hour to explain procedures and answer questions.

A decision about campus operations and classes for Thursday and Friday will be made after tomorrow’s 3 p.m. briefing with the Office of Emergency Management.

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AB administration continues to monitor weather conditions through the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management.

TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS (as of 4 pm, October 29):

Campus operations will continue as usual until further notice.

Faculty and staff who travel out of the area are encouraged to return home as soon as possible. (Class cancellation for this evening remains at the discretion of the faculty.)
The campus community is encouraged to sign up to receive text message alerts through REGROUP here: http://ab.edu/current-students/regroup
In order to allow Sodexo staff living outside the area the chance to travel safely home during daylight hours, E.J. & Emma’s at the Cave will close at 5 p.m. today. Dining services will continue as usual.

Students are encouraged to obtain flash lights and items of personal hygiene.

However, provisions have been made for possible short-term loss of power, water, and sanitation. Under these conditions, the following procedures will be in place:

1) With loss of power, students are asked to immediately conserve water: no filling bath tubs or taking showers.
2) Dining services will continue, but may have limited menus and adjusted hours. E.J. and Emma’s, as well as Jazzman’s, will be closed in the event of a power loss. Please monitor e-mail, Facebook, and Welcome Desk in the Campus Center for updates.
3) Temporary restrooms (Port-O-Lets) will be available at appropriate stations throughout campus in event of the loss of water.
4) Potable water stations will also be made available on campus under those conditions.
Should weather conditions deteriorate and necessitate the cancellation of classes or indicate a longer-term impact, additional decisions will be made about campus operations and disseminated as quickly as possible.
Faculty, staff, and commuter students are encouraged to use discretion in traveling to and from campus, and to monitor e-mail, Facebook, and website for updates.

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10-27-12 Announcement:

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING HURRICANE SANDY PREPARATIONS

Given the national reports about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast region, including West Virginia, the College has taken steps to be prepared for several possible scenarios.

Out of an abundance of caution, the administration encourages students who have returned home during the weekend to use their own discretion about returning to campus for classes the week of October 28.

Current plans are for classes to continue as scheduled for the week. Students are responsible for making contact with faculty members to work out any missed classroom assignments.

Students who are currently on campus should know that the College is prepared to operate as usual, pending impact of the storm on facilities and on our utilities, including water, electricity, and sanitation. The administration is also working to ensure the availability of adequate water, food, and sanitation services throughout the week, should these services be impacted.

We encourage students to act immediately to get gasoline for their cars, as well as bottled water and personal hygiene items. The following website has an appropriate checklist for emergency preparations: ready.gov
The Office of Student Affairs will immediately inform students of ongoing communication plans should electricity and cell phone service be affected.

The College administration will assess the situation on a daily basis out of concern for the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. The campus community is encouraged to monitor the following for daily updates: Angel, e-mail, and Facebook.

If all electronic media becomes unavailable, the Welcome Desk in the AB Campus Center will have a daily posting regarding College operations, as will the lobbies in the residence halls.