A few minutes after midnight on Sunday morning
(November 10), the campus was hit by a tornado.
The residential area of the campus was
particularly hit hard. The married student
apartments are in terrible shape. All four
buildings will need new roofs, new carpet, and new
windows. The McAfee Complex and Hurt Complex were
also hit quite hard. Blythe Hall, Patton Hall, and
the Hurt Commons suffered extensive damage.
Hammons Hall and the baseball field experienced
Trees, power lines, and light poles were down
all over campus. As I walked around in those early
Sunday morning hours, the devastation seemed
The campus was without power, water, phones, or
technology for almost 18 hours. Initial power was
restored around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday night. Full
power, water, etc. was restored at noon on Monday
(about 36 hours after the storm hit).
The wonderful thing is that no lives were lost,
no one was hurt. Indeed the Lord has taken care of
us in an amazing way.
Classes were cancelled on Monday. Students,
staff, and faculty joined together to serve
joyfully as we started to clean up the campus. It
was an incredible sense of community—like watching
“an Amish barnraising.” We have made great
progress in the last 48 hours. We still have much
work to do—weeks worth of work, but by God’s grace
we will see it through.