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Updates regarding Ursuline's recovery efforts after tornado hits campus

September 11, 2013

Look for updates every Wednesday regarding Ursuline's rebuilding efforts after a tornado hit campus on July 20, 2013. If significant developments occur in the meantime, we will be sure to update you. 


Update #39 - September 26, 2013


The total amount raised for the Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund is $371,588. To donate, please click here.

We are grateful to John Caroll University for the the use of their swimming pool for swim team practice starting October 15.

The softball team will be using the Euclid Sports Plant for indoor practice.

Despite the difficult challenges the Athletic Department is facing, the teams continue to do well in competition. To see scores and news from Athletic Department, visit ursulinearrows.com.

Painting of Dauby began this weekend and will be completed soon.
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Update #38 - September 25, 2013
 

All of the athletic coaches are in their new offices in the modular unit next to the tennis courts. 

The Fitness Center in Daley Hall is fully functional and available for use by the College community. 

The roof is currently being repaired on Dauby Science Center and Besse Library. 

The total of amount raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund is $217,454.06. To donate, visit ursuline.edu/rebuild

The Marketing Department recently created a video regarding the tornado damage and rebuilding efforts that was shown at a fundraiser on September 12. To view the video, visit ursuline.edu/united
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Update #37 - September 18, 2013 

A total of $204,804 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund. This total includes several gifts for the purchase of new trees. Please click here to donate. 

The Fitness Center in Daley Hall is now open. 

Repairs continue around campus. The roof repair to Dauby began today and painting will begin next week.

Athletic Coaches will be in their new offices in modular units located next to the tennis courts next Monday. 

Tree cleanup is complete. 

A van to transport the swim team will be available by the end of the week. 

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Update #36 - September 11, 2013 

Thanks to Panzica Construction, especially Tony Panzica and Ron Payto, for their work in delivering a modular unit and transforming it into a locker and shower room for our visiting teams. The modular unit was ready for our first home soccer game and all systems are working well. 

The repairs to the Mullen roof have been completed.

Repair on the Dauby railing has begun and is scheduled to be finished by mid-October. Interior work in Dauby should be completed during mid-term break.

All tree clean-up will be completed by Friday. 

The Fitness Center in Daley Hall is coming together. The Athletic Department will send out a notice when the fitness center is ready for use.

The total raised to date for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund is $172,110. To find out how to help or to donate, visit ursuline.edu/rebuild. 
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Update #35 - September 4, 2013

On Saturday at 2PM the College will host the first home soccer game of the season. Family Fun Festival will also begin at noon that day. 

Fitness mats for the fitness should arrive within the next couple of weeks. The fitness in Daley Hall should be ready for use during the September 17.  

A temporary fence for the lacrosse field will be installed in the near future. 

Every student athlete will receive an Ursuline United t-shirt and will wear them on September 12.
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Update #34 - August 28, 2013 

A reporter from the NCAA was on campus yesterday to write an article regarding tornado damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center as Ursuline enters NCAA Division II competition. The article will be published in the October issue of the NCCA Magazine. 

The tree service has reported that the College lost approximately 100 trees due to the tornado that hit campus. We are working with the Holden Arboretum to restore the Campus by planting various types of trees around the lake and other areas on campus. 

A modular unit arrived on campus today, which will be converted into locker and shower rooms for visiting teams. 

A total of $141,765 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund. To donate or find out how to help, click here. 
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 Update #33 - August 26, 2013

The representatives from Holden Arboretum that visited campus last week have been very helpful in providing the College with recommendations about planting trees and rebuilding the campus landscape.

The furniture in Daley Hall has been moved in preparation for the space to be utilized as a fitness center for athletes and other members of the College community.

The College is still selling T-shirts in support of Ursuline's rebuilding efforts. Click here to buy yours.
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Update #32 - August 23, 2013


All five modular units have arrived for office space for our athletic staff.  Over the next week, the units will be placed and prepared to move the staff into the area by mid- September.  

Tree and stump removal continues and will probably be completed within the next couple of weeks. 

The furniture in Daley Hall will be removed Monday morning as the area will be prepared to move the fitness center there within the next few weeks.

Beginning Monday, updates will be moved to the news section of the homepage. Also, please note you will be informed only as new updates develop.

A total of 125,190.01 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #31 - August 22, 2013

The first of five modular units that will house the athletic staff offices arrived on campus today. 

Preparations are underway to create a fitness center for athletes and the entire college community in Daley Hall.

A representative of Holden Arboretum visited the College today to assess damage to campus trees and to assist in future tree planting.

We continue to sell "Ursuline United" t-shirts. Net proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to the Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund. To purchase a t-shirt, please click here.

Beginning Monday, updates will be moved to the news section of the homepage. Also, please note you will be informed only as new updates develop.
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Update #30 - August 21, 2013


Two storage units have arrived on campus to store athletic equipment. The units are located near the athletic fields.

A total of 122,840 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund. To find out how to help or to donate, please click here.

Beginning Monday updates will be moved to the news section of the homepage. Also, please note you will be informed only as new updates develop.
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Update #29 - August 20, 2013


Interior work in Dauby will begin soon, including painting the lower level ceiling, walls, and trim; and some walls on second and third floor. Countertops in the Fashion Dept sustained damage and will be evaluated.

Interior work to the Besse Library work has been completed. Exterior work to the roof is ongoing.

The second phase of the tree clean-up will begin this week.

More "Ursuline United" t-shirts have arrived. To order yours, click here.
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Update #28 - August 19, 2013

Classes began today and everything at the College is running smoothly. Orientation took place over the weekend; parents and new students are excited about being a part of the Ursuline College community.

The athletics department will be using nine vans to transport athletes to and from practice and competition at the various venues this year.

Space adjacent to the College tennis courts is being prepped for modular units that will house the athletic department offices.

A total of 121,870 have been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #27 - August 16, 2013

We would like to thank the local high schools and community colleges who have offered the use of their athletic facilities. Even though we cannot use their athletic facilities because of NCAA court length requirements, we are appreciative of their outreach and support during this time.

The Athletic Department reports that practices are going well and the athletes give a thumbs-up to our new dining services, Metz Culinary Management.

T-shirts sales are going well and more t-shirts have been ordered. Net proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.

As of today, a total of $115,920 has been raised for the fund. We thank the community - from individuals to organizations - for their ongoing support during this time.
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Update #26 - August 15, 2013

Our thanks to John Caroll University for giving us the opportunity to play 10 of our home  basketball games in their facility. We also thank Case Western Reserve University who will allow us to play 2 of our home games in their facility. The Athletic Department continues to look for a site for 1 more home basketball game as well as a practice facility for the entire season.

The locations of the piers on which the athletic department modular units will be placed were marked this afternoon. Before construction begins on the piers, the utility company will check to make certain that no utility lines will be compromised.

Practices for the fall athletic teams are proceeding well at Beaumont School and various other off-site locations. The soccer team is on-site using our field.

The College came together for the first time this academic year to hear updates on the damage from the tornado as well as information regarding the beginning of the semester.

To date $114,360 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #25 - August 14, 2013

Students, faculty and staff are reminded to park in designated areas on campus. Parking is also available adjacent to the Ursuline Sister's Motherhouse. Please be mindful that the parking spots in front of Mullen are for visitors only. In addition, parking will not be permitted near the tennis courts to make room for a modular unit's arriving on campus next week that will house offices for the athletic department staff.

The volleyball, cross country and soccer teams began their first day of practice today.

The Athletic Department announced that 10 of the home games on the schedule for the upcoming season will be played at John Carroll University. For more schedule details, click here.

So far, a total of $112,835 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #24 - August 13, 2013

Fall volleyball, soccer and cross country athletes have arrived on campus today and will begin practice tomorrow morning.

Ursuline United T-shirts are now available for purchase. Click here to order yours today.

As we prepare to move the fitness center to Daley Hall, the space will be closed for events beginning Monday, August 19th. Daley will house the new fitness center indefinitely. If you are in need of a meeting space for a gathering, please contact Pam Hasan at phasan@ursuline.edu or at ext. 6029.

Work is beginning on the Dauby roof today.

A total of $100,315 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #23 - August 12, 2013

Food services is working with the Athletic Department to accommodate practice schedules of our athletes, who will return to campus late after practicing off campus at various locations.

The tile to replace the Dauby roof will arrive in about four to six weeks.

One of the trailers for athletic training arrived on campus today.

To date, $98, 315 has been raised for The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.
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Update #22 - August 9, 2013

The windows in Dauby and the door in Pilla will be replaced in 3-4 weeks.

Early next week a modular athletic training office will arrive on campus.

By the end of August, a modular unit will arrive on campus to house the athletic department staff.

To date, the College has collected $71,285 for the rebuilding fund.

Continue to check the website for updates.
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Update #21 - August 8, 2013

The broken glass in the canopy between the Besse Library and the Dauby Science Center will be removed and boarded.

Additional damaged windows in the Dauby Science Center will be removed and boarded as necessary.

The Holden Arboretum will send representatives to campus next week on Thursday to assess damage to campus trees and discuss needs for replanting.

CEI will perform a scheduled power outage for the entire campus beginning on midnight Friday, August 9 until 7:00 am August 9. 

The athletic department continues to investigate opportunities for athletic competition, practice and training for the upcoming season.
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Update #20 - August 7, 2013

Roofs that were damaged by the tornado are being evaluated in order to proceed with repairs and restoration.

Today's Plain Dealer featured an update on the College. Sr. Diana was interviewed by education reporter Karen Farkas about the progress the College has made regarding the tornado. Click here (http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/08/ursuline_college_continues_to.html)  to read the electronic version of the article.

The athletic department is still looking for a place to hold their upcoming basketball and swimming seasons' competitions and practices.

CEI will perform a scheduled power outage for the entire campus beginning on midnight Friday, August 9 until 7:00 am August 9.

The College received a letter of support from Pepper Pike City Council Member, Jill Miller Zimon. This is just one example of the many letters, emails and personal phone calls of encouragement the College has received in the last few weeks.

Dear President Stano,

I'm a Pepper Pike City Council member and have not written to you or the school before now in regard to the weather disaster a couple of weeks ago because I believe that Mayor Bain has been doing a great deal of communicating and assisting directly. It's been wonderful to learn about the extent to which members of the community appear to be offering assistance. I know my Rabbi, Steve Weiss and B'nai Jeshurun, has also sought to help.

However, I did want to send a personal, individual message regarding the deep and very positive impression on me and others I know the school is making because of how you are handling all that has followed that incredible storm.  The leadership you, the school and all the individuals involved have been showing, to me, is truly an exceptional model.

Again, I know that there are many in the community offering to assist but if there is anyway in which I can ever help, please do not hesitate to let me know.

I wish you all the best as the rebuilding progresses and thank you for how your institution enriches Pepper Pike and beyond.

Very truly yours,

Jill Miller Zimon
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UPDATE #19 - August 6, 2013

The insurance company is reviewing the damage with our structural engineer to determine repair versus rebuild in approximately 60 days.

The Besse Library is open and fully operational, just carpet cleaning remains to be done.

Ursuline's neighbors on Ainsworth Drive made a contribution toward the purchase of new trees.

Next week, the College will be selling t-shirts in order to raise awareness and support for our rebuilding efforts.
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UPDATE #18 - August 5, 2013

The College and its representatives along with representatives from the insurance company met with a structural engineer today to review the engineer's report on the damage to O'Brien.

Temporary fencing surrounding the O'Brien Athletic Center is now in place. Parking is not permitted in the lot adjacent to O'Brien.

The swimming pool has been drained and will be checked for damage. We are still evaluating when the pool will be available for use.
Tree removal continues throughout the campus.

Representatives from the regional sewer district will be on campus Thursday to evaluate the condition of Lake Elissa.

The wildlife is adapting to the new surroundings, including two Blue Herons recently sighted near the lake.
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UPDATE #17 - August 2, 2013

Two weeks ago tomorrow, the EF1 tornado hit campus, devastating the O'Brien Athletic Center, several other buildings and uprooting and destroying many trees. Ursuline College has a plan in place moving forward and will be ready to welcome incoming athletes on August 13 and all students for the start of classes on August 19.
Business is running as usual. Our auditors, Maloney + Novotny, have been working on campus all week and we are proud to report the College had a clear audit again this year.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources was on campus Thursday to assess damage of the woods on the North side of campus. The department determined that there was significant damage and recommended that any dangerous areas be tended to as soon as possible.

The Pilla parking lot will be closed Saturday for tree removal around its perimeter.

The British Car Show will be on campus in front of the Mullen building all-day tomorrow, Saturday August 3rd.

Modular units will temporarily house several Athletic Department coaches. All modular units will be on campus by the beginning of September.

The Ursuline Sisters have generously offered one of their fields to temporarily accommodate lacrosse practices. The College is very thankful for their support.

Community Day, August 15, will be held in Daley.
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UPDATE #16 - August 1, 2013

The city of Pepper Pike approved the College's request for module units to temporarily house the Athletic Department. Ursuline is still waiting on final approval from the insurance company.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources visited campus today to look at trees in the woods on the north side of campus and assess damage.

The roadway between the North and Pilla parking lots is currently open. Please proceed with caution and do not approach the O'Brien Athletic Center. There is limited parking on that roadway. If you choose to park there, please do so in a clearly designated parking space.

The Dauby parking lot is closed and will remain closed indefinitely.

Most of the new furniture is in the new Pilla Student Dining Hall and ready for students.

The College received the official letter from NCAA today stating that Ursuline is NCAA DII approved.
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UPDATE #15 - July 31, 2013

The roadway between the North and Pilla parking lots is now open. Please proceed with caution and do not approach the O'Brien Athletic Center. The Dauby parking lot is closed and will remain closed indefinitely. There is limited parking on that roadway. If you choose to park there, please do so in a clearly designated parking space.

The College would like to thank Hathaway Brown, Beaumont and One Wellness for opening their doors to Ursuline's Athletic Department. All volleyball home games throughout the fall season will be played in Hathaway Brown's gym. Hathaway Brown has also opened their locker rooms for the Arrows. The team will hold practices at One Wellness in Eastlake.  Pre-season morning practices will be held at Beaumont.

Furniture for the new Pilla Student Dining Hall arrived today.
 
The Pilla parking lot will be closed Saturday for tree removal around its perimeter.

Roof repair to Mullen, Dauby and Besse will begin very soon and interior work in Besse is underway.
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UPDATE #14 - July 30, 2013

Stabilization of the O'Brien Athletic Center is nearing completion and the rubble inside and in front of the gym is mostly cleared.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is visiting campus Thursday, August 1 to look at trees in the woods on the north side of campus and assess damage.

Ursuline President Sister Diana Stano continues to communicate with Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain to address the needs of the Ursuline and Pepper Pike communities.

A structural engineer was on site and analyzed the state of the O'Brien Athletic Center. The College should know the results of the examination shortly.

Clean-up efforts are still underway in the Dauby Science Center.
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UPDATE # 13 - July 29, 2013

All buildings on campus are now open, including the Dauby Science Center, but excluding the O'Brien Athletic Center. There is no admittance to the O'Brien Athletic Center, therefore you cannot enter O'Brien from Dauby.

A structural engineer examined the remaining sections of the O'Brien Athletic Center. A preliminary analysis of the damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center should be completed by August 5.

Fall sports coaches will temporarily have their offices in the admissions showroom in Smith Hall.

Lander Road's resurfacing project is nearing completion. Access to the College can be gained from both Lander Road and Fairmount Boulevard. Please be mindful of construction zones.

The roadway remains closed in front of the O'Brien Athletic Center between Pilla and the maintenance garage.

It's been over a week since the tornado hit and we continue to be thankful for the support and understanding we have received from the Ursuline Sisters, the City of Pepper Pike, our immediate neighbors and all of our friends in Northeast Ohio, around the country and the world.

We will continue to update you as developments arise.
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UPDATE #12 - July 26, 2013

The campus continues to move towards having all buildings, except for the O'Brien Athletic Center, open Monday morning.

Significant strides have been made in the clean-up and every day the campus greatly improves.

We continue to welcome visitors, including some from Florida today. All are welcome to visit the campus but please be mindful of the clean-up teams.

Lander Road is nearing completion of resurfacing.

The Marketing Department used Google Glass to take a tour of the damage in O'Brien and Dauby.
 
It's been almost a week since the tornado hit and we are thankful for the continuous support we've received from the community. We will continue to update you as developments come in.
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UPDATE #11 - July 26, 2013


Monday morning Dauby will reopen and all facilities will be open at that time except for the O'Brien Athletic Center. Faculty and staff of the College who have offices in that building will get a separate announcement this afternoon with more details.
 
The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland have canceled their St. Angela Garden Party due to tornado damage near their property on the Ursuline College campus.
 
Consultants that have worked with the College since the tornado occurred have mentioned their amazement at how well the College is handling the situation and how quickly the restoration of campus continues to occur.
 
The College continues to work with a structural engineer and is expected to provide preliminary analysis of the damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center by August 5.

Please be reminded that the roadway is closed in front of the O'Brien Athletic Center between Pilla and the maintenance garage. Click here to see a map illustrating current campus access. 
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UPDATE #10 - July 25, 2013

There will be an electrical outage for Dauby, Mullen and Besse this evening beginning at 10 PM, and lasting 4 to 6 hours.

College administrators held productive meetings with representatives from Governor Kasich's office as well as Pepper Pike officials.
Vice President of Facilities June Gracyk convened an ad hoc committee including board members and other volunteers to advise the College on short and long term solutions.

Clean-up around the Lake is ongoing and several of the fallen trees have been removed from the areas surrounding the Lake.

Over 60 high school students attended the Office of Undergraduate Admission's College Prep Program, where they learned about applying for college, watched a movie on the quad and participated in a community service project at Forest Hill Park in Cleveland Heights.

Lander Road is open to Ursuline College but construction is still underway. Please be mindful of the constructions crews and drive carefully.

The Athletic Department is making progress in establishing locations for upcoming practices for the fall sports teams.

To see more photos of the damage, please click here.
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UPDATE #9 - JULY 25, 2013

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald declared a state of emergency in Cuyahoga County as a result of the tornado that hit Ursuline College and surrounding areas.
 
Surveillance video from the O'Brien Athletic Center has been recovered from the morning of the tornado.
 
The College is expected to receive a preliminary analysis of the structural damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center and adjacent buildings affected on August 5. 
 
The College is focusing its efforts on the Athletic Department and their immediate needs.
 
It was determined that the damage to the Ralph Besse library roof was caused by the impact of a 150lb. capstone from the O'Brien Athletic Center that landed there.

Please continue to check back for further updates. We thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time.
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UPDATE #8 - JULY 24, 2013


There is water damage to the Ralph Besse Library, including the Stamp Room and the Mother Marie Sands, O.S.U. Room.

Visitors for the Office of Undergraduate Admission's College Prep Program have arrived, 35 of whom will be staying overnight in the residence halls.

The athletic department was granted access to the athletic center, where they recovered office belongings and various other items. All athletic uniforms were recovered and are undamaged.

We continue to explore options for training facilities, workout space and offices for the Athletic Department.
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UPDATE #7 - JULY 24, 2013

All classes and campus activities successfully resumed Tuesday, July 23.

Over 80 high school students will be on campus today to attend the Office of Undergraduate Admission's College Prep Program

Crews are working daily on the clean-up of debris and are striving to maintain the safety of all campus personnel and visitors.

All college personnel and visitors, please be aware that there is construction on Lander Road. Access is available but please be mindful of road crews. Also, please remember the college drive in front of the O'Brien Center, between the maintenance garage and Pilla remains closed. Click here to see a map illustrating current campus access.

Tomorrow a representative from Governor John Kasich's office will visit the campus.

Please continue to the website for updates.
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UPDATE #6 - July 23, 2013

Sr. Diana is hoping to repurpose the wood beams taken from the O'Brien Athletic Center for other areas on campus.
 
A prayer service was held on campus today where State Representative John Barnes, Jr. spoke to the college community.
 
Sr. Diana gave an update and answered questions for the media at a press conference this morning. Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain was in attendance. The College continues to assist the media in providing them the most up to date information regarding this situation.

Sr. Diana spoke with Governor John Kasich this afternoon and he is sending a representative to campus on Thursday, July 25.

Representatives of the College and representatives of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland met this afternoon to discuss the College's need for space and the potential of the Ursuline Sisters providing that space, within their building adjacent to campus.
 
Please continue to check the website for updates.
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UPDATE #5 - JULY 23, 2013

The college opened Tuesday July 23, 2013 and all scheduled classes resumed.

A total of five beams have been removed from the O'Brien Athletic Gymnasium, which will allow for further assessment of damage to the building.

Clean-up of the trees and debris is still underway, please be mindful of the restoration team.

A pray service will be held today, Tuesday July 23 at noon in the Pilla Learning Center.

A press conference was held on Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 10 AM. For media requests, please contact Angela DelPrete at adelprete@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8371.

We are so thankful of the many institutions that have come forward to offer assistance for use of their buildings and other facilities.
 
Please continue to check back for more updates.
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UPDATE #4 - July 22, 2013


Four beams have been removed from the O'Brien Athletic Gymnasium. The fifth beam will be removed tomorrow morning. The beams are being removed in order to stabilize the building.

The restoration team has made significant strides in the clean-up effort. All debris has been removed from the quad and is fully accessible by pedestrians.

Safety is our highest priority. Please respect the construction barriers and be mindful of the construction crews. 

We continue to be interviewed by local and national media. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at 10 AM. All media please contact Angela DelPrete at adelprete@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8371.

We have received a number of phone calls, emails and posts to our social media accounts. We are so thankful for the outpour of support. If you would like to help in the effort, we have set up the Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.

Please continue to check the website for updates as the week progresses.
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UPDATE #3 - JULY 22, 2013

Ursuline College will open Tuesday, July 23. All classes and events will resume as scheduled.

Some summer classes have been relocated to The Pilla Student Learning Center. Students who are uncertain where their classes are being held should contact their instructors. Students with classes in Pilla should use the Fairmont entrance and park in the lots adjacent to Pilla.

The campus drive from Pilla to the campus maintenance garage will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until further notice. Pedestrian access between the Pilla Center and the north parking lot is available through the quad.

All remaining summer camps have been canceled. Families of campers should contact their camp staff to determine if the camp will be held in an alternative location.

All upcoming admission events, including the College Prep Program on Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25 will take place as scheduled. Any questions regarding admission events, should be directed to Carolyn Noll Sorg at Carolyn.sorg@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8114.

Administrators are working with structural engineers to assess damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center. Significant progress has been made in the clean up of the campus.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday July 23 at 10am in the Pilla Student Learning Center Atrium. All media should contact Angela DelPrete at 216 338 4841 or adelprete@ursuline.edu.

The fall semester is set to begin August 19 as scheduled. Orientation and other student programs will continue as planned.

The College is grateful for your prayers and understanding at this time.

Please continue to check back for updates.
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UPDATE #2 - JULY 21, 2013

Please review the information below as we attempt to keep you updated regarding the Ursuline campus situation following the tornado that hit the campus early Saturday morning. Please continue to check our website for daily updates. 1. Ursuline College experienced an EF1 tornado early in the morning on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The campus will remain closed on Monday, July 22, 2013. We will update the campus community daily on our website.

We ask that everyone stay away from the campus so that it can be cleared of storm debris and made safe for the College community to return.

The damage to the campus continues to be assessed and major clean up is underway. Significant progress has been made in this area since the tornado touched down early Saturday morning.  The tornado carved a path through the campus beginning near the stream in the Pilla Parking Lot, past O'Brien, across the lake and out near the Lander Road Circle.

There is significant damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center with the gym a complete loss.

The Dauby Science Center had significant roof damage and some water damage. The building will be closed until it is safe to enter.

The Besse Library experienced roof damage which has resulted in water damage on the second floor.

The Mullen Administration Building experienced minor roof damage.

The Pilla Student Learning Center doorway at the Fritzsche end of the building was completely blown in. This area has been cleared and once the campus is open, this building will be accessible. Please wait to access this building until the campus is open.

All remaining summer camps on the Ursuline College campus have been cancelled. Families of campers should contact their camp staff to determine if the camp will be held at another location.

The campus drive from Pilla to Dauby will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until further notice.

Please remember the campus will be closed for all activities on Monday, July 22, 2013.

If you have a specific question, please contact your area vice president.

We thank everyone for your prayers and understanding as we develop and execute the recovery and restoration plan. We continue to ask the Lord to bless all of you and the campus as we restore and rebuild. Please check the website daily for future updates.
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UPDATE #1 - JULY 20, 2013

Saturday morning, July 20th, at approximately 3:45 AM, a significant wind event -- tornado-like -- hit the campus of Ursuline College, causing devastating damage to the O'Brien Athletic Center, where an external wall collapsed and a portion of the roof was destroyed.

There was extensive collateral damage to several other buildings, including the Dauby Science Center and the Ralph M. Besse Library. In addition, across campus a significant number of trees were uprooted or destroyed along with minor damages to other campus facilities. 

"The blessing is that there was no loss of life or injury," said Sr. Diana Stano, College President.

The campus will continue to be closed Monday, July 22. Please continue to check the website for daily updates.

A disaster relief fund will be established to help rebuild the campus. Please keep the Ursuline College community in your prayers.

To see video,  click here for WKYC's report on the damage.

- See more at: http://www.ursuline.edu/news/storm_damage_obrian#sthash.NLLGheKG.dpuf






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