All classes and labs scheduled in the Hall of Sciences are canceled today. The supplementary heating system is not working, and because the temperatures have dropped below freezing, the building is likely to be uncomfortably cold.
Classes that are scheduled to meet online, and classes that meet in all other campus buildings, will occur as scheduled.
The Commons and Starbucks will open on a normal schedule. Peet’s will open at 10 a.m. and the EC will open for lunch at 11 a.m.
If we need to delay further for any reason, we will communicate via email and additional alert notices. Additional information about the Hall of Sciences will be shared via email and the University website once more is known about the timing of the repair.
As always, please use your judgment when traveling to campus. If you anticipate having an issue arriving by opening time, please contact your manager or professor.
Thank you for your understanding. Stay warm!
Administrative offices, the Drew University Library and the United Methodist Archives will close at 4 p.m. Again, if you have individual circumstances that require an earlier departure, please discuss them with your manager.
The Commons will be open for tonight’s Thanksgiving dinner on a regular schedule.
Thank you for your understanding as we deal with changing weather and please be safe today!
The Commons is open and will remain open. The EC opens at 11 a.m. Administrative offices are closed.
We are currently working with the Facilities team to estimate when we might be able to open the Forum and the Library with limited services and will communicate further details as they are available.
Thank you for your patience as we welcome Spring on Drew’s campus with an 6 inches of snow and ice! Be safe!
As always, please use your judgement traveling to and around campus. If you anticipate having an issue arriving by opening time, please contact your manager or professor. If there is any additional reason to delay, we will send an updated message.
If you have any questions or concerns about your individual circumstances, please notify your professor or manager.
Due to the impending storm, Drew University will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21. The Commons will be open for all meals. Classes and all other events for the day have been cancelled.
Please be safe in the snow and we hope you enjoyed the first day of spring. We are back to winter tomorrow! Thank you!
Drew University will be closed on Thursday, March 8 due to ongoing campus cleanup from the significant snowfall and falling branches and trees. We hope that you have all been safe and warm today and continue to take care digging out tomorrow. Thank you for your patience as we make campus safe for your return.
Thank you very much and stay safe and warm!
Due to impending weather, Drew University will have a delayed opening Wednesday, February 7, 2018. All offices will open at 11:30 a.m. and classes will begin at 11:50 a.m. Dining services will be available during their regular hours.
As always, please use your best judgement when driving to and walking on campus. If you anticipate having a challenge with this arrival time, please contact your professors or supervisors.
If there are any additional updates, we will send a follow-up communication. Thank you and be safe!
Drew University will have a delayed opening today, Wednesday, January 17. Classes will begin at 10:25 a.m. and administrative offices will open at 10:30 a.m. We will use email and the University website should any additional updates or changes occur. The Commons will be open on normal schedule.
Due to the change in forecast and new anticipated snow accumulations through mid-afternoon, Drew University will be closed today. Thank you for your cooperation and be safe.
Madison is expecting 3-6 inches of snow throughout the day. The campus has been prepared for this weather and roads have been pre-treated to keep up with the snowfall.
The Commons, Forum and Library will maintain their scheduled hours this weekend. Given the end of the semester schedule, there are no other events impacted by the weather. As a reminder, quiet hours begin at 11:59 tonight for the rest of the semester.
Due to icy conditions, Drew University will delay opening tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15.
If you are driving to campus, please remain off campus until your building is open to allow the facilities team to continue to remove snow and ice. When on campus, please use caution as all paved surfaces are rapidly freezing and refreezing even when they have been treated.
Current forecasts for tomorrow, March 14, include up to 24 inches of snow over a 12-16 hour period. As a result, Drew University and all associated activities will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. Please note the following:
We anticipate high winds and snow drifts. If you live on campus, please stay in your residence hall except to go to The Commons. Please use caution when walking on campus.
Due to snow, Drew University will have a delayed opening on Friday, March 10th. The University will open at 10:00am. Please see the information below for information as of this writing. Updates will be sent to campus email addresses, be shared on Drew’s Twitter and Facebook pages and be posted here.
Thank you for your cooperation and please be safe. We will continue to update you as we open buildings.
Building Access Today – Thursday, Feb. 9
We are pleased to share that we are able to open the following buildings today:
Please note that while the snow showers have begun to taper, the paths around campus are still icy and we ask that you use extreme caution. Facilities is continuing to treat roads and paths, as well as remove snow, but the temperatures continue to drop increasing the amount of ice around campus. Delayed Opening Tomorrow – Friday, Feb. 10
Drew campus opening has been delayed for tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 10 so the facilities team can continue snow and ice removal. As safety is our top priority, please note the following schedule. Access to buildings and parking lots, especially for those driving to campus, will be limited prior to that.
Please use caution getting to campus and on the roads and paths as we are actively cleaning them. Thank you for your assistance and adherence to this schedule.
Dear members of the Drew community,
Drew University will officially be closed on Thursday, February 9. Updates to the information below will be sent to campus email addresses, be shared on Drew’s Twitter and Facebook pages and be posted here.
Thank you for your cooperation and please be safe.
Vice President for Communications
Snow with heavy accumulation is forecasted for the Madison, NJ area starting tonight, February 8th, and continuing through tomorrow afternoon. We are watching the weather closely and will share information on schedule changes, closures, etc. via campus email addresses, Drew’s Twitter and Facebook feeds and Drew’s emergency page.
If you have not already signed up for our emergency response system, please do so here.
Dear Drew community members,
Thank you for your patience while Facilities has retested the four buildings with elevated levels of lead in the water. To provide a more thorough picture of the situation in each building, this test included a water sample from each faucet in the building. As you may recall, the initial tests were from a single faucet in each facility. As you can see from this chart a few of these results were better than the first round, although most remained consistent. Gilbert House’s results were now officially below the actionable level, but we still thought it prudent to remediate based on initial results and a follow up visible inspection.
In response to these tests, the University will be vigorously addressing the soluble lead issues. Our next steps include:
All other sinks are below the EPA (Federal) and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (State) actionable level of 15 ug/L and will continue to be monitored, but no action is required at this time.
Once the new piping and faucets have been installed, we will draw new samples from each faucet, have them tested, and share the results with the campus. If we find there are still elevated levels of lead in the water after the pipe and faucet replacement work has been completed, we will move to the next level of remediation and look at more holistic solutions for the water supply to the building.
We are currently scheduling this remediation and will confirm when these replacements are scheduled to happen.
Thank you for your patience. Please send your questions or concerns to Greg Smith, interim assistant vice president of Facilities and Campus Operations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 267-247-6398.
Drew community members,
We received several inquiries about the memo sent out on Monday about the elevated levels of lead in the water of four buildings on campus. This note provides clarification on the testing between December 26, 2016 and January 6, 2017 and next steps.
First, the process by which these original samples were taken: to test the purest sample, we followed recommendations to take the first sample that immediately comes from the water source at a time when the pipes have had the least amount of use. As a result, our sustainability coordinator and an OSHA independent contractor obtained the samples from one faucet in each building during the holiday break. They were then sent to Agra Environmental and Laboratory Services for testing. The university did these tests voluntarily and not because of any regulation or mandate to do so.
The results that we received indicated that there was an elevated level of lead in four of the buildings tested. The federal (EPA) and state (NJDEP) guidelines state that 15 micrograms per Liter (ug/L) is the actionable limit for lead in water. The following are the results from those tests, as well as the locations of the sinks tested.
|Building Name||Result||Sample Location|
|Gilbert House||16.1 ug/L||Kitchen sink|
|Smith House||20.5 ug/L||First floor sink|
|Rose Library||88.1 ug/L||First floor sink in the book stack|
|SW Bowne||167 ug/L||Women’s restroom sink, near the Dean’s Office|
This week we collected new samples from each sink in these buildings and they are currently at the lab to be tested. We anticipate receiving the results around January 27th. We will follow up with additional information at that time. The university is continuing to treat this issue with the utmost urgency and is prepared to remediate appropriately based on the outcomes of these tests.
As a reminder, the impacted buildings have been provided with water service. Also, you can find additional information at the New Jersey Department of Health.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we work to resolve this situation.
Please send your questions or concerns to Greg Smith, interim assistant vice president of Facilities and Campus Operations by emailing email@example.com or calling 267-247-6398.
As you may have noticed, Facilities has excavated the steam line in front of Brothers College to do emergency repairs and to evaluate if there is any damage to electric and data cables located in the same trench. The heat will be on this week and we are not expecting any impact to Brothers College. However, we anticipate that there will be no daytime heat in Brothers College next week, Nov. 14-18. In anticipation of that issue, heat will be turned on each night and we hope that residual overnight heat (plus hopefully mild weather) will keep the daytime interior temperature at a comfortable level. We will provide a reminder so that those who use Brothers College can plan to dress accordingly. We will also update you if there is any impact to electric and data cables and let you know how we are addressing it. Trees located within the work area have not been impacted. All affected turf areas will be reseeded and protected with hay to promote new grass growth in the spring. Please avoid any areas that are marked off and be aware of construction vehicles operating in the vicinity. Thank you very much for your cooperation and patience as we repair the steam pipe and ensure safe and reliable heat and internet services. Please contact our Service Response Center at x3510 with any questions or concerns.
Dear Drew community members,
Thank you again for your patience as we continue to address the issue with the hot water system in The Commons.
A temporary fix to the system was completed on October 14 and, following an inspection by the Madison Health Department, The Commons reopened.
On October 16, the first step in a multi-step permanent fix was completed and some hot water was restored to the building. On Thursday, October 20, the second step in the permanent fix was completed and we are able to run all dishes and utensils through the dishwasher for proper sanitizing. We will return to regular dishware instead of disposables as of breakfast on Friday, October 21.
The next steps in the permanent fix continue this week, and we anticipate that the entire project will take up to a year to complete. We will continue to update the community as work progresses.
Dear Drew community members,
Thank you again for your patience as we address the issue with the hot water system in The Commons! A temporary fix to the system was completed on Friday, October 14 and, following an inspection by the Madison Health Department, The Commons reopened for dinner and subsequent meals. Our thanks to Odir Pacheco, director of Treeline Dining Services, and his team for increasing service in the EC and for providing service in The Commons as soon as it was possible. As of today, October 16, the first step in a multi-step permanent fix was completed and hot water has been fully restored to the building. Many thanks to Greg Smith, interim director of facilities, and his team who worked around the clock to make this happen. The next steps in the permanent fix will begin this week, and we anticipate that these interstitial steps will be finished in the next few weeks. We will continue to update the community as the project progresses.
Dear Drew community members,
We’re happy to share that The Commons has re-opened, following a temporary fix to the hot water supply system and inspection by the Madison Health Department. Dinner on Friday, October 14 and all subsequent meals will be served in The Commons. Thank you for your patience as we addressed this issue!
Planning for a permanent fix to the hot water system is already underway. This will be a multi-step process and we will provide details throughout the work.
Again, thanks for your patience and understanding!
Dear Drew community members,
The Commons will be CLOSED as of 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 until further notice due to capacity issues with the hot water retention tank. We anticipate that it will take 2-3 days to fully address the problem temporarily as we prepare to address the issue permanently.
Meals on Friday, October 14 and until further notice will be served in the Ehinger Center (EC). Additional seating will be available in the EC. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and meals will be served continuously until the EC closes at 10 p.m.
On Friday, Starbucks will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
On Friday, Peet’s Coffee will open at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m. (instead of 3 p.m.).
On Friday, McLendon will open at 3 p.m. (instead of 6 p.m.) and remain open until 2:30 a.m.
For more information, and for information on meal service over the weekend and the week of October 17, please visit the campus notification page, the drew.edu homepage and the Drew Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Thank you so much for your patience as we address this issue.
Dear Drew community members,
We have discovered a capacity issue with the hot water generation tank in The Commons, causing intermittent hot water loss. We anticipate that it will take 2-3 days to fully address the problem temporarily as we prepare to address the issue permanently.
In the meantime, since hot water is critical to the sanitary operations of The Commons, we have contacted the Madison Health Department to confirm the safety of our plan to ensure sanitation. Tonight, October 13, and until further notice will use eco-friendly disposable plates, cutlery and cups. Beginning tomorrow, October 14, and after confirmation from the Health Department, we will do the following in communication and collaboration with the Madison Health Department:
The Commons will maintain its normal operating hours: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Catering is not affected by the issue with the water tank.
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