Mason Lobbies 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Virginia State Capitol: Richmond, VA
Building on the success of last year’s Mason Lobbies event, Mason Lobbies 2015 will bring together undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a day of advocacy with the Virginia State Legislature.
Mason Lobbies is organized by the Student Government and co-sponsored by GAPSA.
Tentative Schedule of Events:
6:00 a.m. Student buses depart from Sandy Creek parking deck
8:20 a.m. Student buses arrive in Richmond
8:45 a.m. Breakfast Reception & Address to Mason delegation
10:00 a.m. Individual meetings with legislators
11:30 a.m. Group photo on the steps of the Capitol
11:45 a.m. Group proceeds to watch rooms to view Mason delegation recognition on the floors of the House of Delegates and Senate
12:30 p.m. Boxed lunch is served
1:00 p.m. Student buses depart for Fairfax; event ends
Note: The annual cost of this event per participant is at least $35-40 every year. As such, by submitting this form you understand that the university is making an investment in you to go to Richmond and appropriately convey your Mason story to state legislators. Thus by registering, you are committing to attend the event on Thursday, January 29, 2015. If you find that you can no longer attend the event, you must notify us by emailing email@example.com at least five (5) business days in advance in order to allow us to update registration and move a participant from the waiting list.
Check-in will begin at the Fairfax Campus at 5:30am and buses will leave at 6:00am. It is mandatory for undergraduate participants to ride the buses down to Richmond. Parking information for the event for graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members is listed below.
Parking in Richmond:
The area around Capitol Square is very busy when the General Assembly is in Session, so parking is not quite as straightforward as you may be used to in downtown RVA. Also, you’ll need to go through security at the Bank Street entrance to enter the Capitol, so plan enough time to navigate into the building as well.
Suggested parking lots:
St. Paul’s Church Garage at 111 N. 8th Street
700 Centre Garage at 112 N. 8th Street
Library of Virginia Garage at 800 E. Broad Street (garage entrances on both 8th and 9th Street)
Carpenter Center Lot at 600 E. Grace Street
Garages and surface lots near the Richmond Convention Center and Coliseum:
This linked map shows surface lots and garages in the near the Convention Center and Coliseum. Note that Capitol Square is in the bottom right hand corner of the map.