Mason Holds Presidential Inauguration Day Events

Posted: January 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Although Mason has canceled classes at all of its campuses on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, free events will be held throughout the day on the Fairfax Campus.

Students, faculty and staff members and alumni are invited to participate.

Below is a schedule of events.

  • The inauguration will be broadcast live on the giant screen in the Johnson Center Atrium. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and will include pre- and post-event coverage. A Presidential Inauguration Watch Party will also be held at the Prince William Campus in the Verizon Auditorium.

  • The Mason community is invited to attend a panel discussion titled “The Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Mason Perspective” on the fourth floor of Innovation Hall in the GMU-TV studio at 4 p.m. The panel will feature Mason experts on politics, the presidency and rhetoric, including Jeremy Mayer, associate professor, and James Pfiffner, University professor, both in the School of Public Policy; and Janette Muir, associate professor in New Century College.

    The panel will be televised live on GMU-TV and simulcast to all operating Mason campuses and sites. Seating in the studio begins at 3:30 p.m. Overflow seating with on-camera interactive participation will be in Innovation Hall, Room 103. Viewers on cable or at simulcast sites are invited to send questions in real time via Yammer.

    To view the simulcast on Tuesday, go to (high bandwidth 400Kbps external server): or (low bandwidth 56k/150k internal server):

  • A facilitated dialogue session, sponsored by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, offers the opportunity for Mason students, faculty and staff to comment on the panel discussion and share observations, feelings, hopes and concerns about the election and inauguration. The session will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall.
  • The Patriot’s Inaugural Ball will take place in the Student Union Building II Ballroom from 9 p.m. to midnight. This nonpartisan celebration will feature live music from the Monster Band and DJ Rush Hour; dancing; red, white and blue mocktails; favorite presidential foods; prizes handed out at midnight; and television coverage of other inaugural balls.

For residential students who will be on campus on Jan. 20:

  • A movie will be shown throughout the day in the Johnson Center Cinema.
  • Skyline Fitness will be open from 3 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 19, and from 9 a.m. to midnight on Jan. 20.
  • The Aquatic and Fitness Center will be open regular hours.
  • Student Union Building I Game Room will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight.
  • Corner Pocket game room will be open from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For a full schedule of events, see the Office of University Life web site.

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