AU classes resume Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Mon, 2011-01-31 14:42 -- univcomm
January 31, 2011

Updated at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011:

Anderson University classes will resume Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Anderson University classes will resume Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.


Updated at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011:

Anderson University classes closed and offices open on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

University classes will be closed and offices will be open on Thursday, February 3. This means that administrative functions and services will be open. Re-opening of fitness areas within the Kardatzke Wellness Center is dependent on adequate staffing and will be announced separately.

snowoncampusThe university is working today to clear walkways and parking lots for the regular start of classes on Friday morning. Please wear appropriate footwear and use cleared walkways. Allow extra time to travel or move around the campus.

So that all campus personnel affected can receive updated information promptly and accurately, official notification will be handled in the following manner:

  1. Anderson University Home Page: www.anderson.edu (severe weather graphic or news)
  2. Raven Alert System: sign up at https://ras.anderson.edu to receive alerts. (User and password are the same as that used to log on to AU computers)
  3. Radio/TV announcements
  4. Information Center: Via voice mail message by phoning 765-641-4122.
  5. Automated voicemail system: This system will notify all regular employees and students.
  6. University E-Mail System: Message will be sent general distribution to all employees and students with Anderson University email accounts.

Notification to “Resume” normal campus operations will be made by all of the above methods except Radio/TV (Radio/TV do not typically make this type of announcement).

Questions from faculty and staff regarding this announcement should be directed to:

Questions from students regarding this announcement should be directed to:


Updated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011:

Anderson University will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

Due to the accumulation of dangerous ice and snow, the university will be closed Wednesday, February 2. This means that ALL on and off-campus functions, services, programs and activities are canceled. Food services are open for students and essential personnel who have remained on campus. The campus is considered closed to all persons except those assisting in emergency operations.

Students are asked to remain off campus until normal campus operations are resumed. Decisions regarding closures beyond February 2 will be made on a daily basis as conditions merit and communicated as detailed below. Students who have remained on campus should notify their resident director if they decide to leave.

So that all campus personnel affected can receive updated information promptly and accurately, official notification will be handled in the following manner:

  1. Anderson University Home Page: www.anderson.edu (severe weather graphic or news)
  2. Raven Alert System: sign up at https://ras.anderson.edu to receive alerts. (User and password are the same as that used to log on to AU computers)
  3. Radio/TV announcements
  4. Information Center: Via voice mail message by phoning 765-641-4122.
  5. Automated voicemail system: This system will notify all regular employees and students.
  6. University E-Mail System: Message will be sent general distribution to all employees and students with Anderson University email accounts.

Notification to “Resume” normal campus operations will be made by all of the above methods except Radio/TV (Radio/TV do not typically make this type of announcement).

Questions from faculty and staff regarding this announcement should be directed to:

Questions from students regarding this announcement should be directed to:
Updated at 9: 20 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011:

From the Madison County Emergency Management Agency Warning Division:

Mixed precipitation began to fall on Madison County around 5 PM Monday, as predicted. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow were observed within a few miles and a few minutes of each other. While all three types of precipitation have been observed and a thin coating of ice can be found in most parts of the county, most has fallen as sleet.

Although sleet makes the streets and highways treacherous, it does not stick to trees and power lines, and is therefore preferable to freezing rain. About 0.7" of sleet was on the ground at Anderson by 11 PM and sleet continued to fall steadily.

Radar indicates that the precipitation will temporarily end around 2 - 4 AM Tuesday morning in Madison County. If it continues to be primarily sleet until that time, we can expect around 1.5" of sleet to be on the ground by morning.

Precipitation will resume during the day Tuesday and become more intense Tuesday night. Again it will be a wintery mix before changing to all snow around 2 AM Wednesday morning. The snow will taper off to flurries on Wednesday. Winds gusting as high as 40 MPH can be expected on Wednesday.

Sleet and/or snow may accumulate 2 to 8 inches late Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Freezing rain may add a half-inch or more of ice during this time as well. The latest model runs estimate that the total liquid equivalent precipitation between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening will be around 0.65". This translates to 2/3" of ice if it all falls as freezing rain, or about 8" of snow if it all falls in that form. However a mixture, including sleet, is most likely.

The National Weather Service has characterized this storm as "potentially catastrophic." Should freezing rain become the dominate form of precipitation on Tuesday, the result could be catastrophic with an inch of ice accumulating on trees and power lines. That potential still exists and Madison County EMA will continue to monitor the storm as it evolves. Further bulletins will be issued as developments warrant.

Madison County and Anderson officials have met through the day and into the evening to review and finalize plans to cope with events that may develop. All involved agencies are ready to act as conditions require.


Updated at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011:

Anderson University will be Closed on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Due to the possibility of dangerous ice and snow accumulation beginning late today, the university will be closed beginning Monday, January 31, at 5 p.m. and all day Tuesday, February 1. This means that ALL on and off-campus functions, services, programs and activities are canceled. The campus is considered closed to all persons except those assisting in emergency operations. It is possible we will also close on February 2. Decisions regarding closures beyond February 1 will be made on a daily basis as conditions merit and communicated as detailed below.

Students are being encouraged to leave campus immediately for a safe location if they are able. Attention should be given to the weather en route to the safe location. Students are asked to remain off campus until normal campus operations are resumed. Should a student wish to remain on campus, they should immediately notify their resident director of their intent. Plans are in process to provide alternate housing for students who remain should conditions make it necessary to locate them off campus. So that all campus personnel affected can receive updated information promptly and accurately, official notification will be handled in the following manner:

  1. Anderson University Home Page: www.anderson.edu (severe weather graphic or news)
  2. Raven Alert System: sign up at https://ras.anderson.edu to receive alerts. (User and password are the same as that used to log on to AU computers)
  3. Radio/TV announcements
  4. Information Center: Via voice mail message by phoning 765-641-4122.
  5. Automated voicemail system: This system will notify all regular employees and students.
  6. University E-Mail System: Message will be sent general distribution to all employees and students with Anderson University email accounts.

Notification to “Resume” normal campus operations will be made by all of the above methods except Radio/TV (Radio/TV do not typically make this type of announcement).

Questions from faculty and staff regarding this announcement should be directed to:

Questions from students regarding this announcement should be directed to:


Updated at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

From the Madison County Emergency Management Agency Warning Division:

A major winter storm will strike Madison County Tuesday and Wednesday. Precipitation will begin this evening, most likely in the form of sleet with some freezing rain. Accumulations tonight are expected to be around 1" of sleet and 0.1" of freezing rain.

There will be a lull in the storm Tuesday morning. The heaviest precipitation will begin Tuesday afternoon and continue through Tuesday night before tapering off after sunrise on Wednesday morning. More than an inch (liquid equivalent) may be expected during this period. It will mostly fall as a combination of freezing rain and sleet. It will change to all snow before sunrise on Wednesday.

Best guess right now is for another 4" of sleet and another 0.1 - 0.5" of ice, followed by several inches of snow to fall Tuesday PM and Wednesday. However, there is the potential for more than an inch of freezing rain resulting in falling tree limbs, downed power lines, power outages, etc. Widespread ice amounts of 1.0 - 1.5" are anticipated somewhere in central Indiana, depending on the exact storm track.

Winds will rise Tuesday afternoon and reach levels of 25 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH. These high winds will be from the north and continue through Wednesday. The high winds will worsen the ice storm damage and cause drifting of snow.

The National Weather Service will issue a Winter Storm Warning shortly. All parties are encouraged to follow NWS forecasts and warnings as this storm evolves.

Preparations for a major ice storm should be completed during daylight hours today. Power outages should be anticipated. Charge all radio and cellphone batteries, prepare generators, top off fuel tanks.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.