Damage from earthquakes over the weekend has forced St. Gregory University officials to cancel some day classes Monday, a news release states.
Daytime classes in the College of Arts and Sciences are cancelled on Monday. Evening classes in the College for Working Adults will be in another location to be determined Monday, said spokesman Brad Collins, university spokesman.
Benedictine Hall has been closed until it can be safely secured.
“We will be assessing the damage again today as soon as the rain lets up,” Collins said.
Heavy equipment will be brought in Tuesday to be used for the cleanup work and to take turrets down.
One tower collapsed. The other three were badly damaged and are in danger of falling. A hole in the building's roof has been covered pending further repairs, a news release states. .
Administrative staff with offices in Benedictine Hall should not report unless specifically notified. Daytime classes will resume on Tuesday, November 8 in locations to be determined. Faculty with offices in Benedictine Hall can access their offices only between 1 and 3 p.m. on Monday to collect needed materials. They will only be allowed to enter the building through the east entrance.
Statement from President Greg Main: “The cooperation and patience of every member of the St. Gregory's community is needed as we contend with the damage of our beloved Benedictine Hall. Classrooms and offices are displaced, requiring alternative spaces that may have to move multiple times. Routines will be disrupted, requiring flexibility and good spirits. Student morale is high, and they are determined to have a successful semester. As Benedictine Hall is restored, we will maintain the learning and serving traditions it so aptly symbolizes.”
Benedictine Hall, built in 1915 and subsequently renovated, has been designated a national historic landmark. It contains the administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, science laboratories, computer laboratories, campus mailroom and the James J. Kelly Library, which contains over 50,000 bound volumes.
St. Gregory's University, the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma and the only Catholic university in the state, serves approximately 700 students in two colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences and the College for Working Adults. SGU's overall mission is to promote the education of the whole person in the context of a Christian community in which students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to live lives of balance, generosity and integrity. The university's main campus is located in Shawnee, a city with a population of nearly 30,000. It is located 35 miles from Oklahoma City, 100 miles from Tulsa and 205 miles from Dallas.