Many WMU offices closed during holiday recess

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
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The spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 11.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Except for essential and emergency services, Western Michigan University will be closed beginning Friday, Dec. 25, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 4. Holiday recess begins with the end of fall semester Dec. 18, and some campus services will close or have reduced hours starting Dec. 18 through the start of spring semester.

The campus closure applies to non-represented University employees. Many represented employees have contractually scheduled regular work days between Thursday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Jan. 4. Represented employees should direct questions to their management.

Public events on campus during holiday recess include a performance by the Western Brass Quintet at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Bronco men’s and women's basketball games at University Arena, a Bronco hockey game at Lawson Ice Arena, and open swim and open skate events at Gabel Natatorium and Lawson Ice Arena, respectively. Visit the events calendar for up-to-date listings.

  • Residence halls reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.
  • Spring semester begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Holiday recess hours for WMU offices and services

Listed below are hours for selected University offices and services. Faculty, students and the public are encouraged to call ahead to make sure that a particular office on campus is open. For emergencies only, contact WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-5555.

Many offices, including Admissions, Bronco Express, financial aid, First-Year Experience programs, close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, and reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

All campus academic advising offices close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, and reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

Bernhard Center and Bronco Mall hours are available on the Bernhard Center website. All facilities and mall stores are on reduced hours Friday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 10. The entire building is closed Sunday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Jan. 1. All facilities and stores resume normal hours Monday, Jan. 11.

Sindecuse Health Center, including the pharmacy, is closed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-24; closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4-6; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 7; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8; and closed Jan. 9-10. The pharmacy drive-up window is open for prescription pick-up until 5:30 p.m. on days the health center is open, except on Dec. 24, when it will close at 5 p.m. The health center resumes normal hours at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Medical emergencies should be referred to local hospitals or other health care providers.

Student Recreation Center hours are available on the center’s website. It is open reduced hours 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 18; closed Dec. 19-20; open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21-23; open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1; open noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-3; open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 4-8; open noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 9-10; and resumes normal hours at 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Unified Clinics closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, and reopens Monday, Jan. 4. Behavioral Health Services is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21-24; closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1; and resumes normal hours at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. For more information, call (269) 387-8230.

Waldo Library is open reduced hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 19; closed Dec. 20; open noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-24; closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3 (Library Search will remain available at wmich.edu/library); open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4-8; closed Jan. 9-10; and resumes normal hours at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. For information on hours for the Swain Education Library, Maybee Music and Dance Library, and the Archives and Regional History Collections, visit wmich.edu/library/hours/holiday.

Campus computing

  • The Help Desk is closed Sunday, Dec. 20; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-23; open 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 24 (available via phone until 5 p.m.); closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4-8; and closed Jan. 9. The Help Desk resumes normal hours at noon Sunday, Jan. 10.
  • The Mobile Help Desk is closed Sunday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Jan. 9. It resumes normal hours at 8 p.m Sunday, Jan. 10.
  • Bernhard Computing Center in the Bronco Mall closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and reopens at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.
  • University Computing Center lab is closed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21-23; open 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4-8; and closed Jan. 9. The lab resumes normal hours at noon Sunday, Jan. 10.

To reduce energy costs during holiday recess and closure, temperature settings in most campus buildings will be reduced to no lower than 55 degrees. Vacant residence halls and classrooms will be set back beginning Dec. 18. Office spaces will be set back starting Dec. 25. All areas except classrooms will be back to the University set point by Jan. 4, when the University reopens. Classrooms will return to the University set point by Monday, Jan. 11.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to unplug items such as mini fridges, coffee makers, printers and copy machines.

Also to reduce costs, parking lots outside unoccupied buildings and student commuter lots will not be plowed during the recess and closure periods. All main campus roads and parking areas for on-campus events will continue to be cleared as usual.