December 9, 2019 – 8:15 pm
Power Outage Update

Thanks to the diligence of our contractors and staff, permanent power has been restored across the Howard College Big Spring campus. However, the Horace Garrett Center now has to be taken off the generators for permanent power to be restored to that building. With this situation, all Howard College online systems will remain down throughout the night and will be brought up when permanent power is restored to the Horace Garrett Center. We anticipate that online systems will be brought up by 10:00 am barring any complications during the power restoration to the Horace Garrett Center.

Big Spring employees will be required to report to work at 9:00 am and the Big Spring campus will be open to the public at 10:00 am. Friday dress is approved for tomorrow for Big Spring campus employees. The SWCD, Lamesa, and San Angelo campuses will be open with regular business hours and employees will report to work at normal hours.

Howard Cottage will be open and parents are being notified separately with instructions.

The Harold Davis Fitness Center will be open at 10:00 am in conjunction with the remainder of the Big Spring campus.

We are so thankful for the hard work put in by many individuals  and organizations who have been a part of restoring power to the Big Spring campus. “Tough times don’t last but tough community colleges do”….this community college has made it through this tough time thanks to the support and patience of our students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

Thanks for your support of Howard College!



December 9, 2019 – 4:15 pm
Power Outage Update
 
In order to service the generators powering the Horace Garrett Center, we will be powering down the generators and no power will be available on the Big Spring campus.
 
We will begin the power down process at 5:00 pm and hope to have temporary power restored with the generators by 8:00 pm. During this time, all Howard College online systems will not be available.
 

We appreciate your continued patience with this process.



December 4, 2019 – 11:00 am

Power Outage Update

Howard College is still experiencing a power outage on the Big Spring campus. Finals will be continuing as scheduled through December 5, 2019. Temporary power and heat will remain in the Horace Garrett Center, the SUB and the two residence halls through Sunday, December 8, 2019. All online systems for the college are available with an internet connection.

On Monday, December 9, 2019, temporary power will be shut down for all buildings with the exception of the Horace Garrett Center. At this time, all offices will be temporarily moved to the Horace Garrett Center while contractors work to restore permanent power to the campus. During this time, offices will be open to the public and online systems will be available. The Big Spring campus will remain in this holding pattern until full power is restored.

Anyone needing assistance with registration, advising, billing, etc should go to the Horace Garrett Center main middle entrance and staff will be available to direct you to the appropriate office for assistance.

We appreciate the support of our students, faculty, staff, and community during this time. A huge “Thank You” goes out to all staff and contractors who have been working diligently to keep our campus open and functional while we put a plan in place for restoration of power.

More information will be shared as it is made available.

Thank you for your patience.



December 1, 2019 – 1:15 pm

Power Outage Update

Thanks to so many involved, we have been able to restore temporary power to some buildings on the Big Spring campus. The online systems will be available to those who have an internet connection (buildings with power, hot spots, cell phones, etc.). The Blackboard login process will continue in the current modified status and login instructions are contained on the Blackboard login page. The Blackboard help desk will remain available 24/7 but please know that help desk traffic has increased with the power outage and their response may be slower than usual. We appreciate your patience with this.

FINALS begin December 2, 2019: Business as usual. There has been no change in the finals schedule. Students should follow the finals schedule as published. If you have any questions about your finals, you need to contact your instructor ahead of time as testing will be carried out according to the date/time published.

The residence halls continue with power and heat. Arrangements have been made for all meals.

Campus will be open for normal business hours. All employees will report to their offices as scheduled. Friday dress is approved and employees are encouraged to dress  for cooler temperatures as heat has not been restored across the campus. Employees that need to be on internet can go to the SUB or to the SWCD campus for access. The Horace Garrett Building will be utilized for finals/testing purposes.

The Harold Davis Fitness Center will be open with office business hours of 8am – 5pm. No power or heating/cooling is available in this building.

Howard Cottage will continue to follow their modified system from last week. Parents will be notified separately.

Again, we appreciate your patience as we manage to restore power to the entire campus. More information will be shared as it becomes available.



November 27, 2019 – 2:00 pm
Power Outage Update
In order to preserve the online system, the servers will remain down until power is restored across the campus.
 
Blackboard will still be available for students and faculty. Login instructions are provided on the Blackboard login page and Blackboard support will be available as well. All other online systems will be unavailable until power is restored.
 

Thank you for your patience.



November 27, 2019 – 10:00 am

Power Outage Update
Howard College would like to express our gratitude for our community supporters, contractors and maintenance staff who have jumped in to work out solutions to our power outage problem.

We have been fortunate to locate and set up generators to have power in our residence halls and, as of last night, we now have heat in the residence halls as well!

The generator supporting the Horace Garrett Building has gone down and we are working to get a replacement installed. At this time, our online systems are inaccessible. Login instructions for Blackboard are contained on the Blackboard login page. We are expecting the systems to be back up and running in the early afternoon.

We continue to work with contractors to get the transformer fixed and power restored to the entire campus. We do not have an expected completion date at this time.

Our faculty and staff have worked hard to continue serving our students and all finals will take place as scheduled beginning Monday, December 2, 2019. Students can access the finals schedule on the website.

Campus is closed for the Thanksgiving break and will re-open with regular business hours on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Thank you for your patience during this situation and we wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family.



November 25, 2019 – 6pm

Power Outage Update:
The Howard College Big Spring campus remains without power this evening with the exception of the Horace Garrett Building and the two residence halls (Turner and Partee).

At this time, classes will continue and offices will be open as scheduled on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 8am – 5pm. All classes that begin after 5pm will be canceled. All offices will close at 5pm.

Faculty/staff will report to their office as scheduled.  ‘Friday dress’ is approved and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to dress in preparation for cooler temperatures as there is no heat available across campus.

Generators have been secured for the Horace Garrett Building and all Howard College online systems are now up and functional. This includes MyHC, POISE and Blackboard. Students, faculty and staff may access these systems as usual as long as they can connect to internet services from their location. Students can register online, view the spring 2020 class schedule and access grade information, etc.

Generators have been secured for the two residence halls on campus (Turner and Partee) and students will have electricity and water. The buildings will be without heat and cooling. Arrangements have been made for meals being served in each residence hall.

The Harold Davis Fitness Center will only be open during campus business hours of 8am – 5pm. There is no heating/cooling in the building.

Updates will continue to be shared as new information is made available.

We appreciate your patience during this time.



November 25, 2019 – 3:00 pm
 
Power Outage Update:
All classes held on or generated from the Big Spring campus that begin at 5pm or later have been canceled for today, Monday, November 25, 2019.
 

 
November 25, 2019 – 10:30am
 
Howard College is experiencing a power outage across the Big Spring campus. A transformer was hit during the night which resulted in a total loss of power across the campus, including phones and internet access. Contractors have been working through the night, parts have been ordered and we are working to get the situation resolved as quickly as possible.
 
Classes are continuing as scheduled. Students can access temporary Blackboard login instructions on the Blackboard login page.
 
We are working on solutions for the residence halls and internet service. Generators are in transit and are expected after 12pm today.
 
Students living on campus:
Meals – Meals will be served in the game room and the fireplace room in the SUB. Lunch will be served at regular hours and dinner will be served from 5pm – 6pm.
Residence halls – Generators are in transit and we expect to have power in the residence halls some time this afternoon.
 
Updates on the situation will be posted here throughout the day as new information is made available.