College of Law Campus Update – Sept. 14

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:04 p.m.

Greetings All,

And the new news for Gulfport … Nothing. Still no power.

We have two alternatives that we fully expect will take place tomorrow. Duke Energy fixes power — they have promised by midnight Friday night.  If that happens, all is good.  Alternatively, we have generators on campus that we have been running intermittently to accomplish three priorities — making sure that our systems are ready for when Duke Energy restores power, keeping freezers and refrigeration for food services at acceptable levels, and keeping as much humidity out of our buildings as possible, especially the library because books don’t like humidity.  

The issue is that generators run on fuel and getting a fuel delivery has been a struggle. We have been promised a fuel delivery tomorrow (Friday) — that will allow us to run our generators more frequently, particularly if we can expect commitments for further fuel deliveries. That doesn’t make “all is good” but it makes it “all is better.”

I am sure that you have many questions, so here is the plan for when everyone is back on campus on next week. Please stop by if you are interested — 

Tuesday 9/19 — Breakfast Without Irma.  Everyone (students, faculty, staff) is welcome (Crummer Courtyard from 8:45 – 10:15)

Tuesday 9/19 — Faculty and staff meeting (update on Irma and its impact on campus; academic calendar for the remainder of the semester; answer questions) (Great Hall at noon)

Wednesday 9/20 – Student meeting (update on Irma and its impact on campus; academic calendar for the remainder of the semester; answer questions (Great Hall at noon)

Tuesday 9/26 – Faculty meeting rescheduled

Finally, I know that I’ve suggested reading the Internal Revenue Code — forget about it, nobody understands it anyway.

Next update — 3:00 p.m. on Friday

Dean Pietruszkiewicz


Posted: Thursday, Sept. 14, 11:38 a.m.

Hello from Tampa,

Power has been restored to the Tampa Law Center — it is open and operational. Today, the Tampa Law Center will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Beginning tomorrow, the Tampa Law Center will be open during its normal business hours — 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and seven days a week. There will be limited technical support and our Public Safety Officer will be there during operating hours. The Tampa Law Center also has internet and WiFi, although not the faculty/staff network. To use WiFi on our Tampa campus, please use the Stetson Guest Network.

There is still no power in Gulfport, and no internet or phones.

There are no classes or activities in Tampa or Gulfport through Sunday.  Classes and activities will resume on Monday, September 18 on both the Gulfport campus and the Tampa campus. 

Next update by 6:00 pm. Thursday.

Dean Pietruszkiewicz