September 16, 2017 - 5:39 PM EDT
From: Michael Butcher
Subject: Welcome Back Mariners!
I welcome you back to campus after the Hurricane Irma evacuation. We hope that you and your family remained safe during this time. Our campus and local community are resilient, and we look forward to continuing this fall semester with you.
We know that many of you were affected by the hurricane on different levels. We recognize that returning to the College will bring a sense of normalcy, but it may be difficult for some of you during this transition. The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management is committed to helping you have a seamless reentry to campus while providing support services and activities.
Below are the resources we have available for you as you return:
- Be Safe Upon Your Return – Please be cautious as you drive to the College. Once on you arrive at the College, please avoid areas that have been marked off with caution tape or barricades. Our Plant Operations crew is working very quickly to clean up the College.
- Housing Assistance – As Dr. Amstutz mentioned in her email, the Office of Residence Life and Housing may be able to accommodate both long- and short-term housing needs for commuting students who may have been displaced as a result of the storm. For more information, contact Residence.Life@ccga.edu or 912-279-4560.
- Health Services – The CCGA Student Health Center provides free health services for our students and it is located on the second floor of the Campus Center on the Brunswick campus. In addition, the Southeast Georgia Health System and local urgent care centers provide additional care.
- Talk to Someone – If you would like to speak with one of our personal counselors through the Office of Counseling Services about your experience, please email email@example.com or call 912-279-5803. If you are concerned about a friend or classmate, please contact the Behavioral Intervention Team(BIT). This team provides support for the safety and well-being of our students.
- Stay Engaged on Campus – We have developed additional programs this week on both the Brunswick and Camden sites that focus on talking about your evacuation experience along with donation/service events for our local community. In addition, we are continuing our programs and activities that we had already scheduled for this week. A full calendar of events can be found here.
- Financial Hardships – The storm may have affected you financially, and the Office of Financial Aid may be able to help. Contact your financial aid counselor for more information.
- Local Community Resources – The United Way of Coastal Georgia provides a list of Glynn County community resources, such as public assistance programs, food banks, shelters, and support options. Camden County community resources can be found here and here.
- Academic Calendar Updates – The Division of Academic Affairs is carefully and intentionally reviewing the remainder of the fall 2017 semester academic calendar to identify options to make up time missed during the storm. More information about updates to this calendar will be shared shortly from Academic Affairs.
- Any Concerns or Questions – The Office of the Dean of Students can help you in any way with your transition back to campus. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-279-5815.
Thank you for being part of our campus and we look forward to a great remainder of the fall semester!
Michael F. Butcher, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs,
Dean of Students, and
Title IX Coordinator
College of Coastal Georgia
One College Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520
September 14, 2017 - 10:30 PM EDT
College of Coastal Georgia Announces Postponement in the Opening of Residence Halls
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Sept. 14, 2017 – Based on new information from the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, the College of Coastal Georgia has decided to postpone the re-opening of its residence halls until Sunday, Sept. 17 beginning at 8 a.m.
“We learned earlier today that Brunswick and Glynn County’s infrastructure is not yet operating at full capacity,” said Meg Amstutz. “While we have been assured by Glynn County officials that the College’s infrastructure is safe and fully operational, we have made the decision to delay the return of our residential students to lessen the impact on the community’s already-stressed facilities and to allow time for additional recovery of the local area.”
The College will make accommodations for students who have made firm travel arrangements as a result of the College’s previously announced plan to re-open residence halls on Friday. Students should contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com or call 912-279-4560.
The change in the opening of residence halls will not impact when classes will resume. As previously announced, classes at the College of Coastal Georgia’s Brunswick campus and Kingsland-based Camden Center will be back in session on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 a.m.
Kevin Salaway, Vice President for Advancement; (912) 279-5704; firstname.lastname@example.org
September 14, 2017 - 8:00 AM EDT
College of Coastal Georgia to Re-Open on Friday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m.; Classes to Resume on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Sept. 14, 2017 – The College of Coastal Georgia will re-open its Brunswick residence halls on Friday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. and will resume classes at both the Brunswick campus and the Kingsland, Ga.-based Camden Center on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 a.m.
“Our priority leading up to, during, and following this terrible storm has been the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. We made the decision to reopen the campus after confirming that our grounds and facilities will be safe for our students,” said College of Coastal Georgia Interim President Meg Amstutz. “We know that this storm has disrupted the lives of everyone in our community. While recovery efforts will undoubtedly continue for a while to come, we plan to begin to return to the primary work of the College—educating students.”
While residence halls will open this Friday at 3 p.m., students may elect to return throughout the weekend. The College closed at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 to allow adequate time for students, faculty, and staff to evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Irma and has remained closed ever since.
“I want to thank our College of Coastal Georgia facilities team, grounds crew and IT staff for their diligent and swift efforts that will make it possible for us to reopen and resume classes,” said Amstutz. “In addition, I am grateful for the efforts of city and county personnel, and utility company crews, for their help in clearing roadways, restoring power, ensuring our access to potable water, and protecting our community throughout this difficult time. The entire College of Coastal Georgia community thanks you.”
Kevin Salaway, Vice President for Advancement; (912) 279-5704; email@example.com
September 13, 2017 - 9:30 PM EDT
Message to Students, Faculty and Staff from Dr. Meg Amstutz
The College of Coastal Georgia will re-open the residence halls on Friday, Sept. 15 at 3:00 p.m. Classes will resume on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7:00 a.m. Staff are directed to report to work on Monday morning as usual unless otherwise directed by their supervisors.
College personnel are working diligently to ensure that the grounds and facilities at both the Brunswick campus and Camden Center are safe for your return. We have also been coordinating with local government to be sure that our reopening will not place an undue burden on already stressed local resources. We are confident that a Friday afternoon opening of the Brunswick residence halls will allow for a smooth transition back to campus. Repairs to academic buildings are underway, IT personnel have been working to restore connectivity, and we are planning to resume normal operations and class schedules on Monday at both locations.
As you return to the area, please use extreme caution when on the roads. Some traffic lights are not operational. When navigating an intersection with either a flashing red light or no functional traffic lights, remember to treat it as a four-way stop.
We realize that some individuals may be facing challenges regarding their living situations. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to consider their personal safety first and travel with caution. Faculty and supervisors are encouraged to accommodate those who may face difficulties.
We look forward to seeing you all back on campus. Together, we remain #MarinerStrong.
Meg Amstutz, Interim President, The College of Coastal Georgia
September 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM EDT
The College of Coastal Georgia remains closed. College officials are currently assessing the storm's impact on the Brunswick campus and Camden Center. At this point, after an initial review, we can report the following:
- The Brunswick campus weathered the storm with manageable damage. While we have several large trees and branches down as well as a considerable amount of debris on the grounds, the buildings appear to have sustained very little damage.
- The campus residence halls fared well in the storm. Exterior damage at Lakeside Village, Mariner Village, and Coastal Place Apartments was minimal, and it appears that little to no damage occurred inside the buildings. Initial reports indicate there was no damage to the students’ rooms.
- Power and water are both on at the campus. However, the campus remains closed at this time to all students, employees, and the general public while our safety inspection continues.
- Roads surrounding the Brunswick campus have been cleared, but many traffic lights in the area are not operational.
- Initial reports indicate that the Camden Center experienced minimal damage. There has been extensive flooding on the streets around the Camden Center. Fortunately, the Camden Center itself was not flooded.
- Power and water are currently unavailable in the Camden Center.
Please do not attempt to return to the Brunswick campus or the Camden Center at this time. A thorough assessment of all of our facilities and grounds is ongoing. We are also in close communication with local officials and will be very deliberate in making a decision about when the College will reopen.
While the news from the College is generally good, we are cognizant that there are members of our Mariner community who sustained damage to their homes. And we know that many of our friends and neighbors in Glynn, Camden, and the surrounding counties are dealing with hardships as a result of the storm. We are committed to joining our colleagues in the community in helping the Golden Isles to recover quickly and well.
Please continue to visit www.ccga.edu for further updates.
College of Coastal Georgia Cancels Classes and Remains Closed Through Friday
September 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM EDT
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Sept. 11, 2017 – As Tropical Storm Irma continues to impact the region, College of Coastal Georgia officials are announcing that classes have been canceled and the College will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15. A definitive re-open date for the College’s Brunswick campus and Kingsland-based Camden Center, and the resumption of classes, will be announced as soon as possible.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priorities. We are also deeply concerned for the welfare of our community. We are working in coordination with state and local government to assess conditions in our community and make the best possible decision about re-opening and resuming classes,” said College of Coastal Georgia Interim President Meg Amstutz. ”We are mindful of the severe hardships that our colleagues, friends, and neighbors are suffering at this time, and the additional stresses that a premature opening would place on city and county resources.“
The College is urging students, faculty and staff not to attempt to return to the College until instructed that it is safe to do so. Only authorized security personnel are permitted on campus until further notice. In addition, state and county agencies are working diligently to develop a plan for safe and efficient re-entry to the area. In the meantime, law enforcement personnel at various checkpoints are restricting re-entry and will notify citizens when it will be safe to return.
“We will announce a re-open date as soon as we can responsibly do so,” said Amstutz. “We will continue to communicate with all students, faculty and staff through text, web communications and social media.”
Coastal Georgia's website, CCGA.edu, will continue to serve as a central hub for information for the College.
Kevin Salaway, Vice President for Advancement;
September 11, 2017 - 12:58 PM EDT
As tropical storm Irma continues to impact the Georgia coast, we encourage everyone to stay safe and off the roads. We will thoroughly assess any damage to the College's facilities once the storm has passed. Please continue to visit www.ccga.edu for updates and information about the reopening of the campus and resumption of classes.
September 11, 2017 - 7:00 AM EDT
The College of Coastal Georgia pauses in the midst of today’s storm to honor and remember those who lost their lives on this day 16 years ago in the worst terror attacks in our nation’s history. We remember too the heroism of the firefighters, EMTs, police officers, and by-standers who, in the wake of the attack, ran towards the chaos to offer aid and comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost loved ones or who suffered in the attacks. #CCGANeverForget
Reminder: All CCGA classes, athletic events, and campus activities are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, September 11-12, 2017. Please check back for updates about when classes will resume.
September 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM EDT
The National Weather Service expects Hurricane Irma to make landfall early Sunday morning in South Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are threatened by this deadly hurricane and all who have already suffered under its fury.
At the College of Coastal Georgia, we remain vigilant to promote to the safety and well being of our entire college community. At this time, with all related preparations in place for the onset of severe weather conditions in the region, the College of Coastal Georgia will remain closed until further notice. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide regular updates at www.ccga.edu.
September 8, 2017 - 7:00 PM EDT
Officials at the College of Coastal Georgia continue to monitor and prepare for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma to the region. At this time, the College remains closed with Campus Police and essential maintenance personnel on hand.
As of 6:15 pm Thursday September 7th, all residential students have been safely evacuated from the College and all students in need of alternate accommodations have been transported to another USG member college.
The College is also prepared to provide housing and related facilities to local and county Emergency Management Services to assist in rapid response to residents as needed.
September 7, 2017 - 6:30 PM EDT
The College of Coastal Georgia is now closed. In case of emergency, contact Campus Police at (912) 258-3133 or dial 911. Please continue to check this site for more information as it becomes available.
September 6, 2017
College of Coastal Georgia is canceling all classes (Brunswick Campus and Camden Center) beginning Thursday, 9/7 at 12:30 p.m. The College will officially close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and will remain closed through Tuesday, 9/12.
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma and following the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency in Glynn and Camden counties, the College of Coastal Georgia will cancel all classes beginning on Thurs. at 12:30 p.m. and will close in Brunswick and Camden at 6:00 p.m. The College will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday. A decision about reopening the campus will be made as more information becomes available.
All classes, athletic events, and campus activities are cancelled from Thursday at 12:30 p.m. through Tuesday at midnight. Please check back frequently for updates about when classes will resume.
Students are required to evacuate the campus by no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Office of Residence Life and Housing is working with residential students who need assistance to relocate them to another institution in the University System of Georgia.
All campus housing and dining services will be closed on the Brunswick campus and in the Camden Center after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 9/7.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff will work a normal work day on Thursday prior to the closure of the campus and must secure their work areas (e.g., wrapping computers and protecting other college assets) by following hurricane procedures prior to leaving the campus. Information about hurricane procedures will be available Thursday morning on the CCGA.edu homepage. Thank you for helping ensure that our campus is prepared.
Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to regularly communicate with local and state agencies and will monitor weather services prior making a decision about reopening the campus. Please be sure to check our website for updates. In case of emergency, please contact Campus Police at (912) 258-3133 or 911.
This page will be updated daily, so please monitor campus emails, emergency text alerts, and this page for any updates as they become available.
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NAFSA Resources for Emergencies
To sign up for emergency text notifications, text the letters CCGA to 888777 and follow the instructions you receive.