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RESOLUTION TO HONOR MEMBERS OF THE WINTHROP UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY FOR DISTINQUISHED AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE FOLLOWING A MAJOR CAMPUS FIRE ON MARCH 6 and 7, 2010

WHEREAS, on March 6, 2010, the Winthrop University campus was the scene of a major fire that consumed much of the roof of Owens Hall; and

WHEREAS, fire containment required the use of more than 1.2 million gallons of water that inundated all areas of Owens Hall, including the annex connecting it to Bancroft Hall,  while smoke billowing from the site impacted the Bancroft and Kinard Buildings as well; and

WHEREAS, the estimated $3.5 million in damage resulting from the fire and its suppression caused the sudden dislocation of 225 class sections – almost 15 percent of Winthrop’s overall academic offerings for the semester – as well as the need for relocation of dozens of faculty and staff from affected areas to other work spaces; and

WHEREAS, stabilizing the scene, mitigating damage and beginning recovery of both University and personal possessions required coordination of and work with an extensive team of emergency service providers and fire recovery specialists; and

WHEREAS, members of the campus community who contributed selflessly to meeting these challenges exemplified the Winthrop values of  service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership, as well as exemplifying team work, diligence and nimbleness in countless ways; and

WHEREAS, these efforts were coordinated in a seamless way by a cross-campus group;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees with grateful appreciation, does hereby acknowledge, commend and honor the exemplary and meritorious response to these events achieved by faculty, staff and students, who met these circumstances with a community spirit and sense of purpose that served Winthrop well.

APPROVED, this 16th day of April, 2010.

 

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