Campus prepares for spring trimester
UPDATE: Feb. 6, 2017
Here we are just two weeks after the devastating EF3 tornado hit our campus. While Jan. 21 will be a day that stays in our minds for a long time to come, we are looking forward and already planning for an even better William Carey University. We are Carey Strong.
As many of you may have heard by now, we will lose five buildings on campus. The COM anatomy lab building and the Lucile Parker Gallery/Tuscan Avenue apartments were razed last week. Ross and Johnson Halls and Tatum Court are also slated for demolition. The administration, architects and engineers are already at work on ideas for new dormitories and a new and improved Tatum Court. Think how exciting it will be in the next few years to watch our campus take on a new look with buildings better equipped to serve our students, faculty and staff.
While those projects will take a while to complete, we are moving forward at a fast pace to get ready for spring trimester. By Feb. 20 we expect dormitories and several classroom buildings will be ready for your return to campus.
The following dorms are scheduled to be complete by Feb. 20: Braswell, Byrd, Futral, Davis, Bass, Polk, Bryant and the Penton apartments. These dorms will provide housing for 739 students. We will keep you posted and let you know when the move-in date is set.
The class schedule for the spring trimester will remain the same, but it will be necessary to change some of the classroom locations. Dr. Breland and the faculty are working on the classroom assignments and may have an initial schedule ready this week. We want to move as many classes as possible back to campus on Feb. 20; however, some classes will continue to meet at other locations or will be delivered online. The buildings scheduled to be ready by Feb. 20 are Fairchild, Smith, the School of Nursing, COM 1, Mary Ross Hall, the Thomas Building, the art studio on Cherry Street, and the library. McMillan and Wilkes Hall also will be open. Lawrence Hall remains open and will now house classrooms, faculty offices, as well as the administration offices that were moved from Tatum Court.
COM and the PT classes will continue to meet at USM through the spring trimester, so their spaces on campus will be used temporarily for other classes. Music classes will continue to meet at Hardy Street Baptist Church through the spring, and transportation will be available from campus to the church.
A few reminders:
- We have set up a Tornado Recovery Page on the WCU website with updates and information to assist you during this transition.
- The bookstore has emailed a notice about returning rental books and ordering books for spring trimester. If you missed the email, the information is posted on the Tornado Recovery Page.
- Starting Feb. 6, USM Parking Management will begin issuing citations for parking violations. Please register your car with the USM Parking Management and park in the appropriate zones. A USM parking map is available on the Tornado Recovery Page.
- If you are coming to the Carey campus, please do not enter at the intersection of William Carey Parkway and County Drive. This is a construction area and is off limits to thru traffic. Parking is available behind Lawrence Hall; this lot may be accessed at the new gate on County Drive, across from Facilities. Enter campus via Wiliam Carey Parkway, turn right on Tuscan Avenue, turn right on Cherry St. then turn right on County Drive.