Post-Storm Update #5: Library is open, no classes Monday, Nov. 5

The Keller Library has light and heat and will be open its usual hours on Sunday, November 4, though there still is no access to the online catalog or databases and the website’s still down. Originally classes were scheduled to resume on Monday, November 5, but due to the continued effects of the storm on our Close and our community, classes have been canceled. Staff should come in to work if possible. We assume that the (heated, well-lit) Library will be open its usual hours the week of November 5-9, and will post updates in this space as they are available. Here’s part of Dean Malloy’s message:

“… we will NOT hold classes on Monday, nor will our liturgical life resume.  Here is the plan.

  • Staff members should attempt to come to work. We will be able to heat workspaces, even if it means using space heaters. Please be in contact with your manager to work out the details. We are well aware that setting a firm start time is not only unreasonable but also impossible. Please contact you managers to discuss when (and if) you can come to work.
  • Lunch will be served in the Refectory from 12:20 until 2:00. That will be a time for us to socialize and commiserate, but also to begin substantive, if informal, conversations about how to move forward.
  • At 2:00, we will meet in Seabury Auditorium to discuss precisely how we will move forward. It will be crucial that as many people as possible from every constituency be there: students (commuting and residential), faculty, administration, and staff. Often, some groups in our community do not attend such meetings, perhaps because they think that they are not really significant in our common life. I assure you, whoever you are, that is not so. We need everyone there. Please make every effort to attend, as long as you are personally safe, so that, together, we can make decisions about the seminary’s next steps. Managers can help to ensure a full turn-out.
  • Please assume that all other scheduled activities for Monday on the Close, e.g., Fr. Reho’s workshop on writing resumes, are cancelled. After our community conversation on Monday, we will write with new information for the rest of next week.”

Please continue to pray for those without shelter, heat or food as our weather turns cooler and the effects of the storm continue.

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