Parts of the Northwest campus are experiencing power outages.
May 20, 2013
Updated information about University power outage
Operations on the Northwest campus are returning to normal after a faulty switch box triggered outages in some buildings at the University last week.
Crews worked throughout last week to replace more than 500 feet of electrical line after parts were ordered from St. Louis and St. Joseph. The outages were beyond the capability of the Northwest crews and were resolved after extensive work with St. Joseph-based RS Electric and with consultation from KCP&L, United Electric and Northwest maintenance employees.
After temporary repairs were completed Friday, power is now restored to all buildings except East Tower Suites and Franken Hall. These buildings are expected to open after replacement parts arrive from a Chicago manufacturer and final repairs are made to the switch box.
As you may recall, Northwest sustained the power failure last Monday and determined the cause to be a faulty switch box outside The Station. As a result, The Station and Garrett-Strong lost power along with five residential facilities: Millikan Hall, Phillips Hall, Franken Hall, Dieterich Hall and the Tower Suites complex.
Northwest’s Office of Residential Life worked with students living on the campus this summer and coordinated alternative campus living arrangements for them. Students living on campus who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to contact Residential Life at ext. 1214.
The power failure also impacted classes and dining services last Monday in Garrett-Strong, causing Northwest to move those classes to its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and food service was offered on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Classes and dining services resumed in Garrett-Strong Tuesday, May 14, after power was restored to that building.
Northwest thanks you for your patience and understanding.
(Northwest's Emergency Text Message Service)
Bearcat Alert, an emergency text-messaging system to increase the University’s ability to communicate with students during times of crisis. Providing your cell number will automatically enroll you in Bearcat Alert (unless you decide to opt out). Standard carrier message rates apply.
- Log into myNorthwest with your Northwest network username/password.
- On the Home tab, look for the Bearcat Alert Text Messaging channel (by default, the channel should be on the left side, see image).
- Provide your up-to-date cellphone number to start receiving emergency text messages.
Note: If you don't have the channel on your Home tab, you can add the channel to your page. Hover over the Add Content button at the top of the page. The Bearcat Alert Text Messaging channel is located under the General Services/Resources category. Click the channel name to add it to the tab.