MSU Winter Campus Closing: 4:30 p.m. Friday, 12/22 To Tuesday, 1/2/07

The MSU campus will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2006 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. The following conditions and exceptions apply.

Residence Halls, Dining Services, and the Health Center

  • The main information booth, University Police, The Village at Little Falls, Clove Road Apartments (100 unit apartments only), 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 respective residence director.
  • All residence halls (except as noted above) will close at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 22, and re-open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14.
  • The Health Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22. After it reopens on January 2, its hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until classes begin, at which time it will resume regular hours.
  • The Red Hawk Diner will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21 and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22. The Diner will be closed on December 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31 and on January 1. On all other days through the winter campus closing, the Red Hawk Diner schedule will be: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Diner will close at 12 midnight on Sunday, January 14 and resume 24-hour operations at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 15.
  • Blanton and Freeman Dining Halls will close after an extended breakfast/brunch on Friday, December 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Blanton and Freeman Dining Halls will open for dinner on Sunday, January 14.
  • Hours of operation for all food service locations are posted at each unit and displayed on the MSU website.

Recreation Facilities and the Student Center

  • Panzer facilities will close for winter break on Thursday, December 21. The pool and gymnasium will be open, however, for scheduled athletic team practices and events. General recreation hours for the Panzer Fitness Center, pool, and gymnasium will begin again for the spring semester on the evening of Sunday, January 14.
  • The Student Center (including the ID Card Office) will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22 and re-open on Tuesday, January 2.

Sprague Library, Computer Centers, and Information Technology Services

  • Sprague Library will be open on Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Sprague Library computing laboratory will also be open at these times. Access to the Library’s electronic resources and online catalog will be available at all times by means of the Library’s homepage:
  • The Technology Solutions Center will be closed, but staff will monitor and answer voice-mail messages to the University Help Desk (x7971) with the exception of December 23 after 5:00 p.m. through December 25 and December 31 after 3:00 p.m. through January 1.
  • The public computing lab schedule will be as follows:
    • The Information Commons Computer Lab will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22 and reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
    • The laptop mobile lab in the Multimedia Resource Center in the Sprague Library will be closing at 10pm on December 21st and reopening on January 2nd.
    • The Sprague Computer Lab will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22 and will remain closed for the entire week with the following exceptions: Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Access will be available to e-mail, Internet, and administrative computer systems (including HRS, FRS, SIS, WESS, Raiser’s Edge, and Blackboard). There will be intermittent (10 to 20 minute) service interruptions on certain IT systems as well as the campus network for maintenance and firmware upgrades. Problems with systems will be announced on the MSU homepage and with a message on the Technology Solutions Center extension (7971).
  • Blackboard service will be interrupted for three days, from Wednesday, December 27 to Friday, December 29, to install upgrades to the system.

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 they have been requested by their supervisor 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 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, 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 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, 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.

Please note that most building temperatures will be lowered to 65-68° 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.