Severe Weather Update

Dear Members of the Agnes Scott Community,

I am very pleased to report that power was restored to nearly all of our campus early this morning. All campus buildings now have electricity except Bradley Observatory. A fallen tree on Hancock Street near campus has knocked out power to the Observatory as well as several staff and faculty houses. We have reached out to Georgia Power to get an ETA on when they will be able to restore power to these buildings and will send an update as soon as we have more information. 

The college will re-open for business as usual on Thursday, September 14. As always, safety is our top priority. If any faculty or staff are unable to get to campus safely because of conditions in your neighborhood, please contact your supervisor. Students, if you are unable to make it to campus safely, please contact your RA or GA if you are a resident, or the Dean of Students office at or 404.471.6392 if you are a commuter. As always, if there is an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 404.471.6355 or call 911.

If power has not been restored to the Observatory by tomorrow morning we will move classes normally held in this building to other locations on campus. Please watch for an email from the Registrar or Dean Pannell with further information tomorrow morning.

Facilities staff are on campus today and assisting with cleanup and a tree crew is on site to remove fallen trees and branches. Our Wellness Center is also open today, as is McCain Library.    

A reminder that the deadline for dropping a course without a “W” will now be Thursday, September 14. Vice President for Academic Affairs Kerry Pannell will be working with faculty to come up with a plan for any necessary make-up days. 

Agnes Scott weathered the storm successfully thanks to the dedication and hard work of many people across campus. I want to thank everyone who went the extra mile to support our students and our campus community. Here is my personal list of Agnes Scott MVP’s for Tropical Storm Irma:

  1. Our fabulous Food Service staff who kept going through the storm, cooking and serving delicious hot meals by candlelight; 
  2. Assistant Dean of Wellness and Residential Life Juanita Gainous-Mottley, who patrolled the residence halls and worked tirelessly to support students, from running to the store for extra flashlights and batteries to assisting with the repair of stalled generators;
  3. Director of Facilities David Marder, who stayed late and came early to fix generators, plug leaks and address problems as they arose;
  4. Our Communications and Marketing TeamDanita Knight, Nicholyn Hutchinson, Julia Lutgendorf and Erin Zellmer—who sent storm updates to parents and the broader community and managed to get our US News ranking story out despite the power outage!
  5. Our stalwart Public Safety officers who patrolled campus and made sure we were safe;
  6. And Senior Network Analyst Matt Ruby from ITS who delivered an enormous box of power strips to Evans, enabling dozens of people to charge their devices off just a few working outlets

Some of our employees and families are still waiting to get their power restored—we all hope it will be soon!  I am grateful to all the first responders and power crews for their hard work.  And we continue to keep those most severely affected by these storms—in Texas, across the Caribbean, in Florida as well as on the Georgia and South Carolina coasts—in our hearts and prayers.  We will be sharing more information in the coming days about ways to support storm victims.


Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.