Discounts for Mason Community Abound at Patriot Computers

Posted: June 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Patriot Computers, located on the first floor of the Johnson Center and run by George Mason’s Information Technology Unit (ITU), offers a wide variety of exclusive deals and services for members of George Mason’s staff, faculty, and student communities. A host of Apple and Dell computer products, including laptops and printers, is available to members of the university community for purchase prices substantially lower than those offered to the general customer.

In addition to these offers, George Mason also has agreements with software companies such as Microsoft, Symantec, ISI ResearchSoft, and Adobe that allow members of the university community to either purchase items at lower costs than are available on the street or use various software programs, within certain parameters. For example, the university has agreements with Microsoft that allow George Mason faculty and staff to obtain programs such as Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Publisher at a discount for use on their office computers. On Microsoft Office Suite products and Back Office Client Access Licenses (CALS), user rights even extend to faculty and staff home computers, provided that such use is limited to work-related projects covered by the license.

Patriot Computers, through its web site, also offers free downloads of EndNote software that may be used by faculty, staff, and students on their office computers and/or their personal home computers or laptops, as long as they are registered members of the George Mason community. Those who do not want to download the software online may purchase a CD-ROM version for a nominal fee.

Through a license agreement between the university and Adobe, various software products are available with maintenance service through Patriot Computers at substantial savings to George Mason departments and offices. The license agreement requires the purchase of a license, maintenance, and at least one set of media. Most available media products cost about $25.

George Mason also has an agreement with Symantec that allows faculty, staff, and students to download Norton AntiVirus Software, either through the Patriot Computers web site or in CD-ROM format, available at the store for a nominal fee. Students can also use the SAS desktop product for classes that require it and may purchase a copy and sign the necessary forms at Patriot Computers.

Hardware from Apple and Dell is available at substantial savings to faculty, staff, and students at George Mason. Through the Patriot Computers web site, members of the community can directly link to Apple and Dell web sites for product information and special pricing.

Apple also offers several exclusive deals to the George Mason community through a partnership with the Department of Art and Visual Technology. Among the items that members of the university may purchase under this deal are the 15-inch PowerBook laptop computer with three years of AppleCare for $1,981.99 ($566 below the list price), and the Power Mac G5 and a 17-inch Apple Studio Display with three years of AppleCare for $2,363.99 ($608 off the list price).

For more information on deals and downloads offered through Patriot Computers, call 703-993-4100 or visit the web site.

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