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15 September 2004 - Jacksonville State University (including JSU-Gadsden and all off-campus locations) has canceled classes effective at 4 p.m. today and will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday due to the potential for severe weather associated with Hurricane Ivan.


The JSU Child Development Center at McClellan will be closed Thursday and Friday. The institution’s normal operating schedule will begin Monday unless announced otherwise.


Employees in non-essential areas of service should not report to work Thursday or Friday. Employees whose services are essential during the time of this emergency closing should be in touch with their supervisor concerning their work schedule.


University President Dr. Meehan said, “The safety of Jacksonville State University students is our number one priority. Everyone should use caution and take every action necessary to ensure safety.”


Students remaining on campus are urged to take shelter in their residence halls. Residence hall assistants will be on hand in case further measures are needed.


If needed, Leone Cole Auditorium will be used for shelter if an emergency is declared on campus.


Hopper Dining Hall will remain open to students and the public on a pay-as-you-go basis even if power is lost. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.


The Calhoun County EMA has identified local shelter for residents throughout the county. They can be contacted at 435-0540. Further EMA information is available at


The campus community is urged to monitor state and local media (including campus station 92J, WLJS) for advisories and go to the JSU home page ( and click on the weather link or go to for updates pertaining to JSU. In an emergency, the University Police Department may be reached at ext. 6000 on campus and at 782-6000 off campus.


In this vicinity, students and citizens can expect high wind, heavy rain, flooded streets, falling limbs and trees, and blown debris.





The home soccer game between Jacksonville State and Mississippi State on
Friday evening has been postponed. The two schools will decide on a
make-up date and the game will be rescheduled for later this season.

There has been no change in the date, starting time, or location
of the JSU at UTC football game in
Chattanooga where the Gamecocks will
be playing on Saturday. The Southerners and Ballerinas will
NOT travel to the game to perform, and rehearsal has been canceled for the rest of the week.

The University of Alabama's women's golf tournament scheduled to be
played Sept. 19-21 (Sunday-Tuesday) in
Tuscaloosa has been changed to a
two-day event beginning on Monday, Sept. 20 and concluding on Tuesday,
Sept. 21. The JSU women's golf team will participate in this event.

There has been no change in the date, starting time, or location of the
Ole Miss Volleyball Tournament where the Gamecocks are scheduled to

The Crimson Classic Cross Country meet in Tuscaloosa scheduled for Sept.
17-19 (Friday-Sunday) has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. The
JSU Cross Country team will NOT have a meet this weekend.
Please visit for updates throughout the day.





  • Back up personal computers.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other electrical equipment.
  • Turn off back-up battery if you have one.
  • Move important equipment and furnishings away from windows.
  • Place all loose papers and important documents in drawers, cabinets, or file cabinets.
  • Do not tape windows.
  • Do not park under trees.
  • If you decide to leave the residence hall during severe weather, sign out with your RA or a member of the housing staff.
  • If you go to a shelter, have a flashlight and replacement batteries.
  • Assemble an emergency bag with food, water, flashlight, clothing, and other essentials in case you must seek shelter.
  • Have snacks on hand.
  • Make sure you have extra medications.
  • Since banks and ATMs may not be available, have extra cash on hand.
  • Give parents advance notice of your plans, location, and contact information.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers at hand.
  • Stay indoors to avoid danger from high wind, flooding, and blowing debris.
  • Take care of e-mail early; the university will keep servers up as long as possible.


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