After enduring five days without electricity on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, President Dean Thompson and Seminary Dean David Hester announced today that classes would resume on Monday, September 22, with or without power on the campus.
If power is restored by 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, classes will be held as scheduled at Louisville Seminary. However, reports from Metro Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and LG&E representatives indicate that some hardest-hit areas of Louisville could be without power for another week. Therefore, if power is not restored to the campus by Sunday at 6 p.m., classes will be held as scheduled at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, where educational space is being prepared as a contingency location. (Directions to Fourth Avenue Church follow below.)
Some initial modifications will be made to the class schedule for Monday and Tuesday.
- For students in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program, ICC will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church. MFT students should continue with their Practicum responsibilities through the week, unless their Practicum site supervisors request otherwise, and students should continue to contact their clients regarding rescheduling.
- Students enrolled in the Skills and Practices class, held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., will not meet unless power is restored on campus.
All students are invited to meet with Dr. Hester and Rev. Kilen Gray, Dean of Students, at the Tri-C space on the Seminary campus, Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., to discuss in more detail class schedules and the implications of the campus blackout on course expectations.
Employees will return to work if power is restored on the campus by Sunday at 6 p.m. Should the blackout situation persist at that time, offices will remain closed. However, some employees will be called by their supervisors to assist with assignments as requested.
All campus personnel will be alerted via this website and/or by phone call on Sunday evening.
These contingency plans have been made in response to a large-scale blackout in Louisville, Ky., caused by 60 to 90 MPH winds nearly one week ago, September 14. The windstorm, a remnant of Hurricane Ike, stretched across parts of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. By midweek, reports by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear indicated that more than 6,000 power lines were down and more than 400 poles damaged. Crews totaling 1,200 individuals have worked round the clock trying to unravel the widespread electrical outages, clear roads that are impassible, and restore power to more than 250,000 LG&E customers and businesses.
Beshear said it was the worse power outage on record for the entire Commonwealth.
As Louisville Seminary awaits the return of electricity, which appears to be restored randomly around the city, some students and their families have remained on campus. With the aid of generators, the campus Facilities Department has provided an ability to keep some food cold, a place where showers are possible, and an opportunity to recharge medical equipment and mobile phones. The President, Dean, and other members of the faculty and administration remain in constant contact with campus residents, who have been patient and resourceful throughout the situation.
Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has invited Louisville Seminary students to use recreational facilities and locker rooms at Southern Seminary since electricity has been restored to the SBTS campus. Like Louisville Seminary, Southern Baptist Seminary also cancelled classes for the week.
Louisville Seminary will continue to provide updates regarding the campus situation and upcoming campus events via the news section of this website, the local television stations, and WHAS AM840 radio. Individuals who are trying to contact someone on the campus of Louisville Seminary may call Director of Communications Michelle Melton at 502.609.5697.
Directions to Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church
318 West Saint Catherine
Louisville, KY 40203
Located on the corner of West St. Catherine and Fourth Streets, you can reach the building from several directions:
- If you are coming from downtown Louisville, simply drive south on Fourth Street until you reach St. Catherine.
- If you are coming into the city on Interstate 71, when you get downtown, take Interstate 65 South. Exit on St. Catherine Street, and drive a few blocks to Fourth Street.
- If you are coming into the city on Interstate 64, when you get downtown, take Interstate 65 South. Follow the above directions from there.
- From Louisville Seminary, access Interstate 64 West from Lexington Road and proceed with previous directions.
- If you are coming into the city on Interstate 65 (going north), exit at St. Catherine Street and drive a few blocks to Fourth Street.
There is ample parking in the lot next to the church, and students are requested to enter through the side door on St. Catherine Street after ringing the doorbell.