Mailboxes Make Room For Package Lockers

A sign of the times is the rise of on-line shopping and delivery of merchandise to Mail Services, located in The Hub. But package pickup has produced long queues and long wait times, sometimes snaking up the stairs unto the next floor, because each package had to be handled by a mail room staffer at the pickup window.

This summer, that all changes. The more than 6,000 mailboxes will be removed and replaced with package pickup lockers.

Starting in the fall, regular postal mail will be picked up at the window and packages will be delivered to the lockers. Students will be notified of an arriving package, similarly to how the system works now. Except instead of waiting in line, students will receive a locker number and a one-time code that will open the locker so they can retrieve their packages.

“This [new system] will allow students to not be in line as much,” said Mark Kraner said, “especially at the beginning of the semester.”

For more information, go to Fourth Estate on-line.

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Graduation Fair in the Johnson Center Atrium!

Don't forget to pick up your gown so you can dress for success on graduation day!

Don’t forget to pick up your gown so you can dress for success on graduation day!

Are you graduating in May? Do you have everything you need to make your big day successful and memorable?

This week, stop by the Johnson Center for the spring 2017 graduation fair! You can visit the fair, located conveniently in front of the bookstore, to purchase many of the materials you need for graduation: cap and gown, diploma frames, rings, and even graduation invitations. The graduation fair is offered every semester for students graduating in December or May. This is a convenient and cheap opportunity to get your graduation materials early!

Come to the JC Atrium March 7 – 9, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm to explore the fair and pick up everything you need for your graduation day!

Learn more about spring 2017 graduation at https://events.gmu.edu/commencement/spring-commencement/

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

Skip the Balloons This Valentine’s Day – Johnson Center “No Balloon” Policy

Heart-shaped balloons are a nice way to show your Valentine you care, but please keep these out of the Johnson Center this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here, spring is on its way, and love and celebrations abound. It’s the perfect time of year for gift-giving, but there’s something to keep in mind. If you’re planning on giving your sweetheart their Valentine’s gift in the Johnson Center, by all means bring the flowers – but make sure you skip the helium balloons.

Balloons are not permitted in the Johnson Center

Why not? No, Student Centers staff aren’t buzzkills. Helium balloons have the potential to set off the JC fire alarm system.

Zachary Pope, Director of University Life Safety and Emergency Management for the Environmental Health and Safety Office, explains, “The Johnson Center has a ban on balloons because there are fire protection detectors that emit a ‘beam’ from one detector to another to create a network. Their purpose is to detect smoke by interrupting the beam.” Read More …

Johnson Center Atrium Kiosks Get a Makeover!

New year, new semester, new look for our kiosks!

Over winter break, Student Centers student employees designed brand new covers for the Johnson Center Atrium kiosks. Mason’s Print Services printed and applied the artwork to the kiosks, and they turned out great.

We created these covers not only to brighten up the Johnson Center but also to better spread the word about all the services that we have to offer the Mason Community, like banners, lockers, Corner Pocket, Event Services, and more!

Student organizations, Mason departments, and external groups reserve over 1,900 kiosks every year through Student Centers, and the Atrium kiosks are the most popular kiosk location. Now the kiosks look great both while bare and while covered with an organization’s table cloth! Read More …

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Building Status

Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Most university offices, stores, restaurants, and campus buildings are closed. The only restaurant scheduled to be open is The Globe, which will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The Johnson Center (JC) will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. Inside the JC, The Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the Express convenience store will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. No other offices, restaurants, or stores are scheduled to be open on that day. The Hub and SUB I will be closed.

On Tuesday, January 17, the university will return to a Winter Break Schedule listed here.