University Relations and Communications

Shortage of Natural Gas Prompts University Closure at the Four-Year Campus

February 5, 2014



Jason McGimpsey, Facilities Services Director 657-2197
Scott Forshee, University Police Chief 657-2298
Carmen Price, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings offices will be closed and classes canceled on the four-year campus effective at 5 p.m. due to a regional shortage of natural gas following the cold front that has swept over the area. The closure will remain in effect through Thursday. 


MSUB Chancellor Rolf Groseth prompted the closures following an evaluation of the natural gas supply on the campus made by the Emergency Crisis Communications Committee and Facility Services. The Chancellor’s prompt was approved by the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education shortly before 2 p.m.


The City College and Extended Campuses will remain open with all classes in regular session.


“This is a preventative measure to save as much of our heat as possible,” Facilities Services Director Jason McGimpsey said.


The campus runs on an interruptible natural gas service with a propane backup system, McGimpsey said.


Classes and offices will resume regular hours Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 a.m., unless otherwise advised.


The P.E. Building will remain open, with the exception of the swimming pool, and the Yellowjackets women’s basketball game against South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will commence as scheduled at 7 p.m. 


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