An update from Dean Roellke on Hurricane Irene, August 27, 2011 at 7:00pm

Dear Vassar Students,

I am writing to update you on preparations for potentially dangerous weather conditions. All are strongly advised to avoid pedestrian and all other forms of travel after 10 p.m. this evening.

Following dinner this evening at ACDC, all students are asked to return to their residence halls until further notice. Dangerous weather, including heavy rains and heavy winds are expected tonight and throughout tomorrow, with the highest winds expected mid morning to early afternoon tomorrow.

Beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and through Sunday evening, all campus events, including choral auditions, athletic activities, etc. are cancelled unless you hear from us otherwise. We will keep you informed of any additional schedule changes as they become available.

Beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, the elevators in each of the residence halls will be shut off as a precautionary measure should we lose power. Safety and security will be providing additional assistance to those with mobility impairments. If you have a mobility impairment and the shutting down of elevators creates a concern for you, please contact the Campus Response Center (CRC) at 845-437-7333.

Following dinner this evening, the All College Dining Center will be closed until further notice. Food has already been delivered to each residence hall and an additional delivery of food is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Should we lose power, please refrain from lighting candles as there will be battery operated emergency lights in all the residence halls and house teams are equipped with flashlights, etc.

A reminder to close all windows, including common areas in the residence halls, and to unplug (and move away from windows) your computer.

President Hill and I will continue to communicate with you via the homepage and email messages. Should we lose power, the College will communicate with you via text message.

I want to thank all the Vassar students, house leadership teams, Vassar faculty, administration and staff, for all of their assistance, patience and collaboration during this weather event.

Please use good judgement, take good care of yourself and your classmates, and rest assured that the College is well prepared for this storm. Should you have an urgent safety concern, please contact the Campus Response Center (CRC) at 845-437-7333.

Sincerely yours,

Chris Roellke
Dean of the College
Professor of Education
Vassar College

Posted by Office of Communications Saturday, August 27, 2011