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Weather keeps campuses closed several days

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The University of North Georgia's Dahlonega Campus, with the mountains of north Georgia shown in the background, received some 2 inches of snow this week. The Corps of Cadets gathered on the Gen. William "Lipp" Livsey Drill Field for a snow ball fight.

The University of North Georgia's campuses were closed for several days this week due to inclement weather. On Friday, all campuses returned to normal operations.

Officers from the Department of Public Safety patrolled all four university campuses throughout the closures, said UNG Police Chief Justin Gaines.

"When campuses close, we want to make sure that everyone remains safe and, especially where we have residential students, that those students are able to get to the residence halls, library and dining hall," he said. "Open or closed, the mission is not that much different from our normal, every day mission, which is to keep everyone safe whether they are on campus or not."

Before and during weather situations, Public Safety also keeps university administration advised and officers continually report conditions on all four campuses, Gaines explained.

Even before the snow stopped falling on Tuesday, crews began working to clear snow and ice so residential students could access services and to prepare all four campuses to open once the all-clear is given. Some two dozen facilities workers toiled late into the night on Tuesday and were back at work before dawn Wednesday and Thursday. Food service employees on the Dahlonega Campus also worked to provide meals for hundreds of residential students throughout the closure.

"When snow and ice come, we know to get to work and get it done. The guys got in there and we all worked together and knocked it out," said Bill Moody, director of UNG Facilities-South. He oversees facilities on the Cumming, Gainesville and Oconee campuses.

Moody estimated that the Gainesville Campus received about 2 inches of snow and the Cumming Campus about 2.5 inches. The Oconee Campus only got a dusting of snow. Dahlonega received about 2 inches of snow, and Todd Berman, director of UNG Facilities-North, said crews spread about five tons of ice melt on parking lots, walkways and roads on the Dahlonega Campus.

"Portions of the campus were really icy Wednesday morning, but we were able to get a lot of that cleared up," Berman said. "We have really great workers who care about the university and they came in and spent long hours getting the job done. And, a huge thank-you to the residential assistants and cadets who lent a hand, too."

Isolated areas of all campuses, especially in shady areas, could still be slick and caution is urged for those walking and driving as remaining trouble spots are cleared. The top levels of the Dahlonega Campus parking decks, located off Church Street and Walker Drive, will remain closed for several days due to ice. The top level of the parking deck on the Gainesville Campus also could be closed if any ice remains.

The campus closures also resulted in the postponement or cancellation of several events.

Due to campus closures, two events scheduled to celebrate the Chinese New Year have been postponed. The Chinese New Year Celebration scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the dining hall on Dahlonega Campus has been rescheduled to 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3. Also, the Chinese New Year event featuring the unveiling of a new collection of Asian books and art scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Library Technology Center has been postponed; a new date will be announced soon.

The blood drive on the Dahlonega Campus sponsored by the UNG Honors Program, which had been postponed earlier this week due to the inclement weather, is rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 31. The LifeSouth bus will be parked across from Memorial Hall Gym from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and specially designed UNG t-shirts will be given to donors while supplies last.

UNG Athletics canceled basketball games for Thursday, Jan. 30; a rescheduled date will be announced later.  Additionally, the Strategic Planning Committee's town hall meeting planned on the Dahlonega Campus for Jan. 29 has been rescheduled for Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium.

The Dahlonega Campus library is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 and the Oconee Campus library will open at 11 a.m.; the Cumming and Gainesville campus libraries are closed Thursday. The Dahlonega Library's third session of the America's Music (Swing Jazz) film series on Wednesday, Jan. 29 was canceled.

Remember, the first and official sources of notifications are the ConnectEd Alert System and the UNG website. For more information about university policies and procedures in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, including how to update your contact information for the Emergency Notification System, please visit www.ung.edu/emergency.

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