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Shaw reopens to students after tornado

Posted May 30, 2011

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— Approximately 400 students have enrolled in classes for the summer session at Shaw University after a tornado, last month, prompted the school to end the spring semester two weeks early.

Summer enrollment is expected to reach 600 students, the university said Monday.

The tornado ripped through the downtown Raleigh campus on April 16, destroy the Willie E. Gary Student Center, which houses the cafeteria, and two dormitories. Nearly every building on the campus sustained at least minor damage.

Summer classes began May 23, and students relying on university housing are staying at nearby St. Augustine's College and being shuttled to and from the Shaw campus.

“Our summer session is under way and very successful,” Shaw University President Dr. Irma McClaurin said in a statement. “Now, we turn our attention to the fall semester."

Freshmen arrive on campus for the fall semester on Aug. 12, and classes begin Aug. 17.

University officials said that admission and registration figures for the fall are on pace to match last year’s numbers.


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  • djcgriffin May 31, 2011

    Good job opening so quickly :)

  • newssaavy72 May 31, 2011

    Congrats to my alma mater for recovering so quickly. Homecoming should be packed this year from all of the Shaw family support.

  • YNCSW51 May 31, 2011

    Way to go SHAWU my alma mater!! Glad to see the student are returning. Hope when the construction is finish SHAWU has a new face for the downtown area.

  • ssvoiceofsanity May 31, 2011

    Serving since 1865 and still going....congrats to my alma mater!!

  • Dr. Obvious May 30, 2011

    Welcome back Shaw University. As I rode by the university this morning I thought to myself I have never seen it look so nice. Shaw is to be congratulated for the speedy way they got the campus back into tip-top condition.