I came across this article the other day. Thought it may be informative. It can also be viewed at: http://www.caymannetnews.com/2004/10/741/classes.shtml
St Matthew’s classes resume in the States
Friday, October 1, 2004
As a result of Hurricane Ivan, all 383 students enrolled in St Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman have been relocated to one of the school’s affiliated sites in the United States.
“The semester has not been cancelled,” said Personnel Supervisor Nola Sanderson. “All the students have gone to our Portland, Maine campus,” she added. St Matthew’s shares an affiliation with St Joseph’s College of Maine, 18 miles outside of Portland, Maine.
In the meantime Ms Sanderson has been hard at work along with dedicated staff members from the school cleaning the dormitory on West Bay Road. Ms Sanderson said: “We didn’t really lose the building. There is water damage on the ground floor from when the sea came through, and some leakage in the roof.” She stated that the school’s SafeHaven campus has been similarly hit.
St Matthew’s currently plans to hold the academic year’s second semester back in Grand Cayman. The school expects all students to return after their December holiday break.
Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ivan the school offered all its students a chartered flight to the United States. Ms Sanderson said: “Most of our students took that chartered flight out of the country. Those who stayed in Grand Cayman chose to remain.”
The medical school did not just think of its own during the storm.
“Right after the hurricane when some students were gone we were able to offer rooms to some of the people who suddenly found themselves homeless,” Ms Sanderson said.
Among those who stayed in the student dormitory were workers from the Health Services
The students who are now studying in Maine are fortunate to have a hard-working crew cleaning the dormitory. “We’re trying to salvage as much of the students’ belongings as we can so that we can pack them up and send them to Maine,” Ms Sanderson said. Any recovered, dry food the school is donating to public shelters. “Some of us doing the cleaning lost our homes and all our possessions, too. But we’re committed to doing a good job,” Ms Sanderson added.