John Lakey
vice chancellor for Business & Finance, (w) 308.865.8205

Power to office and classroom buildings on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus should be restored by noon on Friday, according to John Lakey, UNK vice chancellor for Business & Finance.

“This will allow faculty to access their offices to prepare for spring semester classes, which will begin Monday, as scheduled,” he said. He made the announcement today after meetings with Nebraska Public Power executives.

“At noon on Saturday, we will be able to open the residence halls and the campus food service,” he said, adding that “Although the campus will be open on Monday and classes will begin as scheduled, we are asking everyone to conserve energy wherever possible.”

“The UNK facilities and grounds crews have been working hard getting the campus ready,” Lakey said. “They’ve done a tremendous job of clearing ice from the sidewalks and parking lots.”

Campus offices, which were to have opened on Tuesday this week after the holiday break, remained closed to make the electrical power that would have been used by the campus available for use by Kearney and surrounding communities.

In announcing the campus closing earlier this week, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said, “We want to be good neighbors to Kearney and the surrounding area.”