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Home > University News > 2011 University News

Shaw Campus Hit By Raleigh Storm; No Injuries 

April 17, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) -  The Shaw University campus was severely damaged by the tornadic storm that cut through Raleigh today, but no students nor university personnel were injured in the storm or its aftermath.

With dormitory rooms damaged and the Willie E. Gary Student Center - which houses the university's cafeteria - devastated, Shaw moved quickly to provide food and shelter to all students affected by the storm.

Once initial damage estimates were taken and students allowed to retrieve their belongings, students were taken to the Golden Corral in Garner to eat. 

The Red Cross opened a shelter at Southeast Raleigh High School, which will house many of the displaced students.  Other students made arrangements to stay with family or friends, or at a hotel.

The Student Center sustained the most damage, with a hole being opened in the roof.  A number of windows in a variety of buildings were damaged and trees uprooted throughout the historic downtown Raleigh campus.

By noon Sunday, Shaw administration will make a final determination on handling the rest of the semester and the 2011 Graduation ceremony. 

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Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.