Monthly Archives: February 2008

T-Dust Alert #5 – Interruption of Water Service on Saturday, March 1

WHAT?  Continuing work to re-route storm drains and water lines for the new science building and physical plant expansion will make it necessary to interrupt water service for the installation of a large valve.

WHERE?  The work will take place on the west side of campus, including Alamito, Crockett, El Paso, Neches, Pecos, Sabine, and Yegua halls.

WHEN?  The work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008.

WHO?  This water service interruption will affect students, instructors, and staff in buildings on the west side of campus.  It will also cause Subway to suspend food service that day.

WHAT ELSE?  Since water service will be interrupted during this period, restrooms, water fountains, and water supplies to science labs will be affected.  Signs will be installed on affected restrooms redirecting individuals to facilities on the east side of campus.

HOW?   Most classes scheduled on the west side of campus Saturday morning have been relocated, where possible, to rooms on the east side of campus during the period of work interrupting water service.

WHAT IF?  If your room is affected by this service interruption and you  need additional assistance relocating a class or an activity, please contact Richland Room Coordinator Bethany Wright at x6061 or

WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts and construction updates may be found at

T-Dust Alert #4 – West Circle Tree Removal and Mockingbird Care

WHAT?  Due to construction of the new science building it will be necessary to remove a total of 21 trees, four of which have been in declining health and were in need of removal.

WHERE?  The tree removal will occur in the West Circle.

WHO?  Mockingbirds who make their nesting home in the Land of the Thunderducks will be protected during this removal plan.

WHEN?  The projected nesting season for mockingbirds is mid March. Therefore, the trees will be removed before March which will ensure that the mockingbirds will be able to nest in other trees without being disturbed.

HOW?  The trees will be mulched, chipped, and placed in compost in the Facilities Services yard to transition to another state of existence, providing nourishment for other trees and growth areas on campus.

WHAT ELSE?  Trees for which mockingbirds have a strong preference such as Maple, Sweetgum and Sycamore trees will not be affected.  The trees to be removed are Magnolias, Elms, Oaks, Bradford Pears, and a Golden Rain tree.

WHERE ELSE?  In the area where the 21 trees will be removed there are at least 75 existing trees within close proximity where mockingbirds can find tall branches on which to perch and places in which to build their nests in early spring.  When the science building construction is completed approximately 50 trees will be added to the Richland campus landscape.

MORE WHERE ELSE?  Previous T-Dust Alerts and construction updates may be found at