Fairfax Campus Closes at 4:15 p.m.

George Mason University administrative offices will close today Tuesday, March 20th at 4:15 p.m. due to inclement weather. All regularly scheduled classes will remain in session until 4:15 p.m. Classes beginning at or after 4:00 p.m. are cancelled. Please use good judgment and travel safely.

The university will provide updates, if necessary, on Mason’s operating status via Mason Alert. Please visit http://www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information. A decision regarding the university’s operating schedule for Wednesday March 21st will be announced no later than 5:30 a.m.

University Events: University events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check with the event coordinator, event website, or University Events Management at http://events.gmu.edu for more information. Allow additional travel time to and from campus and plan activities accordingly.

For operating hours of university services, please see the links and information below:

Mason Recreation: http://recreation.gmu.edu

Dining Services: http://dining.gmu.edu

Employees: for information related to faculty and staff accounting for your time during delayed openings or early closings, please refer to the Inclement Weather Guide at: http://hr.gmu.edu/payroll/inclement.php

Parking and Transportation: students and employees may park in Rappahannock parking deck for the duration of the storm. Parking deck fees and pass requirements are temporarily suspended.

Mason Shuttles will operate until the following times, today, Tuesday, March 20th:

Gunston Go Bus: 5:15 p.m.
Sandy Creek-Metro: 5:30 p.m.
Global to Metro: 5:10 p.m.
Fairfax-SciTech: 5:25 p.m.
Burke VRE: 5:25 p.m.
West Campus: 5:15 p.m.

Corner Pocket Is Looking for Your March Madness Brackets

March Madness is here and Mason is in play. The Corner Pocket is celebrating with its March Madness promotion that pits you against all other fans. Just bring your brackets down to the Corner Pocket and register with the desk staff. We’ll keep up with your picks. As the games continue, you will be rewarded for winning team choices.

During Tier One, if 16 of your teams are in the round of 32, you’ll receive 25 percent off your Corner Pocket purchase. For Tier Two, you will get one hour of FREE PLAY if six of your teams are in the Sweet 16.

If two of your teams are in the Final Four, you get a month’s FREE MEMBERSHIP to the Corner Pocket.

And if you chose all brackets correctly, you can a FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to the Corner Pocket.

Also, Thursday’s game at Capital One Arena, featuring Mason’s own, will be displayed on the Corner Pocket screens. Come on down and cheer with your fellow fans.

Serve Mason Day is February 5

Student Centers is sponsoring a Serve Mason kiosk day on February 5. This event features university departments and units that provide services for students and staff. It will be held in the Johnson Center Atrium, with all kiosks devoted to service groups.

The following units are participating: Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC), Career Services, The Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) office, The Writing Center, shopMason (Auxiliary Enterprises), Student Centers, Information Technology Services, Study Abroad/GEO, Financial Aid, Office of Diversity (ODIME), Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME), Financial Aid, Information Technology Services, and Student Media.

The event will start at 11 am in the Johnson Center Atrium. The first shift will run until 1 pm. Then a new shift will run from 1 until 3 pm.

We’re Replacing Ceiling Tiles in the JC

Over the years, tiles collect dirt and pollutants.

Over the years, tiles collect dirt and pollutants.

Over the next several months, Student Centers is installing new ceiling tiles throughout the The Johnson Center (JC), including offices.

Ceiling tile replacement in progress on the ground floor lobby outside Dewberry Hall

Ceiling tile replacement in progress on the ground floor lobby outside Dewberry Hal

We are starting with public areas, like Dewberry Hall and ground floor areas. But, later, we will be in offices and more private areas. This is likely to cause some disruption and noise, but the result will be worth it.

As you can see from the photos, the tiles have attracted a lot of dust and pollutants over the years. Replacing them is part of an overall effort to refresh the building and make it more inviting for visitors.

We’ll post a photo of the finished ceiling so that you can compare the old with the new.

All done here. It's a good, clean look that brightens the whole space.

All done here. It’s a good, clean look that brightens the whole space.

Winter Break Building Projects Are In Full Swing

The Hub ballroom floor installation is complete

New floors give The Hub ballroom a revived look.

While the Patriots are away, Student Centers is busy repairing, replacing, and refurbishing many of the places you regularly visit.

Floor installation underway

Floor installation underway

We have replaced the floor in The Hub ballroom at a cost of about $37,000. Work should finish up there about January 10. Until that time, the ballrooms will be locked.

We are also replacing almost all of the discolored, damaged, and missing ceiling tiles in the Johnson Center. We started with George’s and will be expanding replacement throughout. The tile replacement will continue until May, which may cause some inconvenience if you have an office there. But the result will be worth it.

Other projects that that are either underway, or already completed, include:

  • Painting in meeting rooms 3A and 3B in SUB I
  • Paint touch up in meeting rooms A through G in the Johnson Center
  • Paint touch up Dance Studios in the JC
  • Paint touch up Gold Room
  • Paint touch up Dewberry Hall/George‚Äôs in the JC
  • Install new lighting in the Bistro on JC ground floor
  • Install Dewberry Hall room partition
  • Painting touch up in all Hub meeting rooms
  • Replace a major water valve in the JC
  • Relocate loading dock equipment in the JC
  • Refurbish the west side planter over the JC loading dock
  • Replace a kitchen hood in the Bistro
  • Replace glass door in the Bistro (tentative)
  • Repair the Bistro drain floor (tentative)

Also, during Winter Break, The Print Hub is relocating from the JC to The Hub (lower level).