November 3, 2012
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents:
I begin with the very welcome news that power has been restored to all Pace University buildings in Lower Manhattan. Our facilities have electricity and we anticipate that heat will be restored within the next 24 hours. While we are delighted that the lights are on in Lower Manhattan, ongoing challenges from Hurricane Sandy remain, including the power outages that are still affecting many of our students, faculty, and staff; the gas shortage throughout New York; and public transportation issues. Most immediate for Pace, our generator on the Briarcliff campus has gone down, so we are relocating the students living there to the Pleasantville campus until we can repair it. We hope to have the generator back online tomorrow.
Please be advised of the latest important details:
NEW YORK CITY – The electricity is on and we are beginning the process of moving students back into their residence halls. We are currently testing and resetting our security systems, and we have notified students that it will be safe for them to move back in as of 7:00 pm tonight. We ask that students who wish to return tonight to please try to do so before 11:00 pm. Our New York City Housing and Residential staff are communicating directly with all New York City students with instructions for moving back into their residence halls. Please also check the Pace homepage for the latest information a www.pace.edu.
As a reminder, all New York City classes will resume on Wednesday, November 7.
Staff Schedule – All staff members in New York City should plan to report to work on Monday, November 5. If it is not safe or feasible for you to come to New York from your area, please check with your individual supervisor to determine alternative work arrangements. Please monitor the Pace website to confirm that power and heat are restored over the weekend.
Briarcliff – As many of you are now aware, the Briarcliff generator went down, so we are relocating students from the Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus. We are making progress on repairing the generator and hope to have it back online tomorrow.
In the meantime, students have the option to stay with a friend on the Pleasantville campus, and we will have some cots available for pick up tonight in the Goldstein Athletic & Fitness Center. For those who do not know anyone to stay with in Pleasantville, there will be some community space available in the fitness center, with bathroom and showers, and the Kessel Student Center. Food service is available in Pleasantville Dining hall and the shuttle service will operate every 30 minutes on the half hour until everyone leaves the campus.
We will keep Pace students and their families updated on this situation as it evolves.
QUESTIONS? – Please continue to check the homepage of the website for updates at www.pace.edu. Updates will also be posted on the Pace University Facebook page. For any specific questions, and all updated information, please call the Pace Information Center at (914) 923-2600 between 8:30 am and 12:00 am (midnight), Monday through Friday, and you will be transferred to the proper point of contact. On Saturday and Sunday, the Information Center will be staffed from 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. After regular operating hours, please call (914) 923-2700. You will be connected directly with Pace Security, which is open 24 hours a day.
As new developments arise, we will continue to provide you with the latest information.
Stephen J. Friedman