New Orleans Seminary evacuates
    August 30 2008 by Gary Myers and Michael McCormack

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley called for a mandatory evacuation of the main campus due to Tropical Storm Gustav. The evacuation began Aug. 29 and was to continue through Aug. 30.

    This is the first evacuation of New Orleans Seminary since the approach of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -– three years ago to the day of the evacuation announcement.

    Seminary offices were to close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29. All seminary residents are expected to evacuate the main campus by noon Aug. 30. Students are encouraged to frequently check the seminary's website,, for changes or updates to the evacuation and return schedule.

    Kelley cited the unpredictable nature of Gustav as the primary reason he called for the early evacuation. Safety of the seminary family, Kelley said, is his first priority.

    "The movements of Tropical Storm Gustav are still undefined, and the forecasters do not know where it's going to make landfall," Kelley said. "However, indications are that it could be somewhere in the New Orleans area, so we are moving ahead with plans to evacuate our campus and keep our campus family safe.

    "We do not anticipate a major disruption of classes. We believe that by Thursday we will be back to normal."

    While the campus is closed, classes will continue via the seminary's Blackboard system (an online learning tool).

    "I want to emphasize that we are going to keep teaching. We learned in our Hurricane Katrina experience that we are able to continue teaching our classes even without our campus if we need to," Kelley said. "We will be shifting our students onto our Blackboard and Internet system and will continue to teach."
    8/30/2008 8:38:00 AM by Gary Myers and Michael McCormack | with 0 comments

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