Hurricane Ivan delays Career Expo

The Fall Career Expo that was to be held today at the Leon County Civic Center has been postponed until Monday, Sept. 27 due to Hurricane Ivan. The Board of Trustees meeting has also been rescheduled.

The Board of Trustees meeting has been rescheduled for Sept. 28, according to the Office of the President.

The news of the expo postponement came Monday as Ivan was expected to hit the Florida Panhandle later in the week.

Delores Dean, director of the Career Center, said the same companies are expected to come, and more companies may be added. She said there were 160 companies who were scheduled to attend Wednesday’s career expo.

The postponing of the career expo comes in the wake of several cancellations that were announced Friday. The FAMU Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, as well as the groundbreaking for the campus recreation center that was scheduled for today, was canceled Friday as a result of Ivan. The Students Achievement Reception with the Board of Trustees that was to be held on Sept. 13, was also canceled Friday, but will be rescheduled for the week of the Board of Trustees meeting.

SGA President and Board of Trustee member Virgil Miller said Board of Trustee liaison Dawn-Holley Dennis called trustees Monday to see if the new date would work for everyone.

According to the Office of Campus Recreation, the groundbreaking of the campus recreation center has been tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 28 or the Sept. 29. However, the date depends on weather conditions.

One question is still up in the air. Whether classes will be canceled later in the week is still unknown.

Miller said the decision to cancel classes is made by President Gainous based off of information Gainous gets from the state emergency system, the county emergency system and the university operations management team.

“(Gainous) will confer with the presidents of TCC and Florida State University (when making the decision),” he said. “An update on that decision can be found online.”

Miller also said that students could call 1-877-FAM-NEWS for more information on the possibility of classes being canceled.

Hurricane Ivan has caused extensive damage in the Caribbean and has gained and lost strength throughout the week. Its peak was Category 5, the most dangerous. Ivanís most recent damage was in Cuba. According to, Ivan has been blamed for at least 62 deaths. Projected paths of the hurricane expect it will hit the Panhandle by Thursday or Friday.

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