Winter Break Information

A message from Dr. Susan A. Cole

The Montclair State campus will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen on Monday, January 3.  The following conditions and exceptions apply.

Residence Halls and Dining Services

  • The Village at Little Falls, Hawk Crossings Apartments, Sinatra Hall, and Russ Hall (resident rooms only) will be open and staffed during the entire period, but qualified student residents remaining on campus must make prior arrangements with their community director.

  • Except as noted above, all residence halls will close at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, and reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

  • The Red Hawk Diner will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  From January 4 through the remainder of the winter break, the Diner will follow a schedule of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the weekend.  The Diner will close at 12 midnight on Sunday, January 16 and resume 24-hour operations at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17.

  • Blanton and Freeman Dining Halls will close after an extended breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21 and reopen for dinner on Sunday, January 16.

  • Hours of operation for all other food service locations will be posted at each unit and displayed on the Montclair State Web site.

Health Center, Recreation Center, Student Center, and the University Bookstore

  • The University Health Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  From Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 21, business hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Health Center will close on Monday, January 17 for the Martin Luther King holiday, and be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21.  Evening hours will resume on Monday, January 24.

  • The Student Recreation Center will be on Winter Hours starting Sunday, December 19.  It will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the weekend.  The Recreation Center will close on Thursday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m. and reopen on Monday, January 3 at 6:00 a.m.  It will follow an abbreviated schedule until classes begin: it will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the weekend. The Recreation Center will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 18.

  • The Student Center and Student Center Annex will close at 4:30 p.m on Thursday, December 23, and reopen on Monday, January 3 at 7:00 a.m.

  • The University Bookstore will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3.

Library Services

  • Sprague Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 23.  The Library will be open the following week only on Tuesday, December 28 and Wednesday, December 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Library will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, and be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until classes begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.  24/5 hours will resume when classes resume.  That is, from Sunday night through Thursday night, the Library is open 24 hours.  On Friday and Saturday nights, the Library closes at midnight.

  • Access to the Library’s electronic resources (e.g., online catalog, databases, e-journals, e-books) and services (e.g., interlibrary borrowing request forms) is available at all times, even when the Library is closed, via the Library’s Web site (http://library.montclair.edu).  Reference and research assistance is available in person and by phone (973-655-4291) when the Library is open.  Requests for assistance via e-mail at Ask A Librarian (http://library.montclair.edu/about/asklibrarian.html) will be answered on the same day if the Library is open, or the next day the Library is open if a request is made on a day when it is closed.

Computer Laboratories and Information Technology Services

  • The Technology Solutions Center on the fifth floor of University Hall will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  During that period, Center staff will be monitoring and answering voice-mail messages left at the University Help Desk (973-655-7971) except on the following dates: December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.

  • To support Winter Session classes, the Information Technology Division will provide online instructional support from December 24 through January 2, inclusive.
    • Faculty, staff, and students can obtain support by calling 862-881-9555 or by e-mailing winterhelp@mail.montclair.edu.
    • People using Elluminate who need technical support can call 1-866-388-8674 and select option #2.  The University has contracted with Elluminate to provide 24/7 support, including during holidays.

  • Public Computing Laboratory facilities will be available as follows:
    • The Information Commons Computer Lab on the fifth floor of University Hall will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  The Computing Laboratory will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday for the period of January 3 through January 14.
    • Laptop lending at the Circulation Desk in Sprague Library will conform to the Library’s operating schedule (see above).
    • The Student Interactive Multimedia (SIM) Lab on the second floor of Sprague Library will close at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 20 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18.
    • The Surf-n-Print Depot located on the first floor of the Student Center will close at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20 and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.  The Depot will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday during the period of January 3 through January 13, and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 18.

  • The Technology Solutions Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday for the period of January 3 through January 14.  The Center will be closed on Monday, January 17, but will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 18.

  • Networking and Telecommunications will perform maintenance and firmware upgrades on the University’s Internet edge routers and the enterprise networking and switch gear between Tuesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 30.  These maintenance activities will produce service interruptions and degraded performance for periods of 15 to 45 minutes throughout the day.

  • With the exception of the planned service interruptions outlined above, any significant problems with the University’s hardware and software systems will be announced on the Technology Solutions Center telephone line, 973-655-7971.

General Access to the Campus

To maintain the security of the campus during the winter closing, employees may have access to their offices only in the unusual circumstance that their supervisors require them to perform a specific job duty during that period or, in the case of faculty, to pursue ongoing research or other faculty responsibilities.  The employee or a dean must inform University Police via msupolice@mail.montclair.edu as soon as the need to be on campus is known, specifying the purpose, date(s), and time(s) that access is required.  Upon arrival and departure, the employee must sign in and out at the University Police building.

The names of students who are engaged in research that requires their presence during the winter closing must be submitted in advance to University Police via msupolice@mail.montclair.edu by a faculty mentor or dean.  The submission must indicate that no safety hazards are posed by the student’s presence in the laboratory and/or office.  Upon arrival and departure, the student must sign in and out at the University Police building.  Students may also have access to buildings if they are accompanied by a faculty member or administrator who has followed the procedures described above.  Anyone not authorized to be in a building during this period will be escorted from the building.  All employees and students must have a key and/or access code to gain entry to the specific room requested.  University Police will be responsible for opening the exterior door of the building as needed.

Please note that most building temperatures will be lowered from 68° to 65° to conserve energy.

I hope you will get some well-earned rest and relaxation during the winter closing.  I especially want to recognize the contributions of the many fine employees in Physical Plant, University Police, Residence Education, Information Technology, and Sprague Library who will be working during the closing to maintain and improve our campus.