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October 11, 2016

Campus Restrictions Thursday, Oct. 13

Carnegie Mellon University will host President Barack Obama during the White House Frontiers Conference this Thursday, Oct. 13. The national conference will bring together some of the world’s leading innovators to discuss building U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges and goals that will shape the 21st century and beyond.

The conference will require restrictions and limited access in and around the Cohon University Center, including the East-West Walkway and East Campus Garage.

Cohon University Center

Most parts of the Cohon University Center will be closed from 4 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, including all fitness facilities. Au Bon Pain will be closed ALL DAY.

Employees who work in the Cohon Center should consult with their supervisors regarding their work schedules and alternative work locations. Campus dining options are available online.

While most of the Cohon Center will be closed during the day, a few areas will remain open. They are:

• The third-floor student organization offices will be open with access only through the exterior doorway off Forbes Avenue, just west of the main entrance. This entrance is sometimes referred to as the “Skibo Staircase.”

• The seating area, or Skibo lounge, adjacent to Au Bon Pain will remain open.

• The bookstore will be open during regular business hours, but closed from 1:30 - 6 p.m. When open, both levels of the bookstore will be accessible only through its exterior doorway adjacent to the Cut.

East-West Walkway

The East-West Walkway between Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall and the Purnell Center for the Performing Arts will be closed to pedestrians from approximately 2 – 3:30 p.m., Thursday.

East Campus Garage

• Motorists must enter and exit the East Campus Garage from the intersection of Forbes and Beeler Street on Thursday.

• Parking will be limited along the west side of the garage.

• Some permit holders will be relocated to alternate parking areas. Parking and Transportation Services will communicate with permit holders who will be affected.

• Visitor parking will be available only for guests attending the conference.

For more information on the White House Frontiers Conference, go to