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IU Northwest suspends operations for Friday, Sept. 19, and cancels all weekend activities

Flooding remains a problem in campus parking lots and some buildings; water is receding slowly

Indiana University Northwest announced today that the Gary campus would remain closed Friday, Sept. 19, and that all weekend classes and activities would be canceled as the floodwaters that inundated the campus this week slowly recede.

Most classes at IU Northwest do not meet on Fridays, but any that do will not take place tomorrow. A Friday evening event featuring spoken-word artist Joe Hernandez-Kolski had already been postponed due to flood conditions. Other activities canceled by the campus closure include senior computer classes through the IU Northwest Adult Education Program and a morning science-fair workshop for area science teachers, as well as women’s volleyball practice.

Saturday events canceled by the closure include the Back to School Jamboree, the Weed and Seed Retreat, and Adult Education computer classes, as well as another science fair workshop. There were no events scheduled for Sunday.

All classes at the Gary campus and the Portage Instructional Site remained suspended on Thursday, although the Academic Learning Center in Merrillville did remain open. University officials made the decision to extend the suspension of operations through the weekend after assessing water levels on Thursday. It is hoped at this time that most campus operations will be able to resume on Monday, Sept. 22, but that determination likely will not be made until this weekend.

Students, faculty and staff may check the IU Northwest home page and their campus email for alerts and updates. Voice and text messages also will be sent through IU Notify.

IU Northwest regrets any inconvenience that these cancellations may cause our students, our faculty and staff, or members of the community. Information about alternate dates for events will be released as soon as they are finalized.

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Published:

09-18-2008

Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid
OMC
219-980-6802
ccsheid@iun.edu

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu

Photo courtesy of the Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Police Department
Aerial photo of Indiana University Northwest facing south (9/16/2008).
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