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.

Dewberry Renovations


Dewberry Hall is one of the most popular event spaces on campus, housing many exciting events every semester. We always try to keep our facilities looking their best to provide the Mason Community with excellent event services. This semester, we’ve given Dewberry Hall a makeover!

Student Centers made about $25,000’s worth of renovations to the event space, including…

  • Added black trim to the walls
  • Painted the columns and touched up the walls
  • Replaced older lights with new ones
  • Refinished the floor
  • Polished, refurbished, and replaced the floor receptacle covers
  • Replaced bulbs in the ceiling lighting fixtures
  • Installed new wood thresholds in the floor

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Before You Go: Prepare Your Space for Winter Break

As You Leave for Winter Break…

…help The Mason Community reduce our energy use by taking the time to ensure these few simple tasks are done before heading off to your well deserved break.

Pull The Plug

Photo of hand unplugging an appliance

Please turn off and unplug anything that uses electricity around your workstation and in your office.

“Phantom loads” add up fast and can account for almost 10 percent of energy use per year! Unplug things like:

  • Power strips
  • Computers/monitors/printers/fax and copy machines
  • Coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves and space heaters
  • Task lighting (such as desk lamps)

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