Closing Down for the Long Winter’s 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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Campus Drive Closed As Water Main Construction Starts

Campus Drive will be closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between West Campus Way and Global Lane, beginning Friday, Nov. 17. This is to allow Fairfax Water to construct a new water main. We anticipate this closure will last until mid January. Updates will be provided as they become available.

The university will temporarily open Campus Drive for winter graduation and other major campus events. West Campus shuttles will continue to operate, but only Mason Shuttle buses will be able to pass through the gate to University Drive.

The Field House shuttle stop temporarily moves to the front of the Field House, and pedestrian access to the Field House will remain open from Patriot Circle along Campus Drive.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as Fairfax Water completes its project, which will continue on Braddock Road upon completion of work along Campus Drive. For more information, go to: https://www.fcwa.org/engineering/braddock_main_july_2017.htm

While the road is closed, the West Campus parking lot and Rapidan River Road will be open and accessible from the Braddock Road entrance to Campus Drive. Access to the PV parking lot will be from Mason Pond Drive to Global Lane.

Provided is a campus map of the closure: Fairfax Water Transmission Line Road Closures – 2017 Map

For questions or concerns, contact Mason Parking and Transportation at transpo@gmu.edu or visit @MasonParking for real-time updates.

Wi-Fi Maintenance Planned for Sunday

Image of wifi iconOn Sunday, November 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., there will be intermittent outages of the Wi-Fi networks at all Mason campuses and locations while Information Technology Services conducts important maintenance. The service outage is necessary to upgrade the Wi-Fi operating system to address known security vulnerabilities.

Impact on users: During this maintenance, all Wi-Fi networks will be intermittently unavailable, however, wired networks in academic/administrative buildings and residence halls will be available.

ITS staff will restore service as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience. Should you experience any issues connecting to the Wi-Fi network after this maintenance, please contact the ITS Support Center to report the problem.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or via email at support@gmu.edu.

Thursday Sports and Open Mic Night at the Corner Pocket

This semester, Student Centers is celebrating the penultimate end of week, with a special Thursday night promotion in the Corner Pocket. Besides billiards, table tennis, hoops, air hockey, board games, and more, there’s sandwiches, chicken wings, and snacks with the purchase of a beverage or game play.

Thursday Night Football is one our big screens, too. The Bears take on the Packers tonight. Kickoff is at 8:25. Come root for your team!

And, this semester, from 7 to 9pm, we are featuring a cash bar for those students and staff over 21 years of age (thanks Wing Zone for sponsoring this). All those drinking alcohol must provide proof of age and drinks are restricted to the Corner Pocket game room.

This is a great place to meet up with friends and ease into the weekend.

The Corner Pocket, located in The Hub, is open from 11 to 11 seven days a week.

For more about Corner Pocket events, click here.