The Ruth Symposium

Driving Directions

Parking Lots Available for Conference Attendee Parking
Friday:  Mason Street Parking Deck (Levels 3-5)
Saturday: Mason Street Parking Deck (Levels 3-5) or Cantrell Parking Deck (Top deck only)
**THERE IS CONSTRUCTION OCCURING ON EAST GRACE STREET SO THE EAST GRACE PARKING DECK IS INACCESSIBLE FOR PARKING***

Directions to Mason Street Parking (For Friday and Saturday Parking)

From Interstate 81 South

  • Take exit #245
  • At the end of the exit ramp there is a traffic light. Take a RIGHT onto Port Republic Road and remain in the right lane.
  • Proceed through the next light (passing JMU’s main entrance, Bluestone Drive) and take a RIGHT onto South Main Street.
  • Proceed down South Main Street and take a RIGHT onto M.L.K. Jr. Way
  • Proceed down M.L.K. Jr. Way and take a RIGHT onto S. Mason St.
  • Park on levels 3-5 of Mason Street Parking Deck. DO NOT park in the pay-by-spaces or the hotel parking spots.

From Interstate 81 North

  • Take exit #245
  • At the end of the exit ramp there is a traffic light. Take a LEFT onto Port Republic Road and remain in the right lane.
  • Proceed through the next light (passing JMU’s main entrance, Bluestone Drive) and take a RIGHT onto South Main Street.
  • Proceed down South Main Street and take a RIGHT onto M.L.K. Jr. Way
  • Proceed down M.L.K. Jr. Way and take a RIGHT onto S. Mason St.
  • Park on levels 3-5 of Mason Street Parking Deck. DO NOT park in the pay-by-spaces or the hotel parking spots.

Entrance to the Health and Behavioral Studies Building From Mason Street Deck

From the parking lot, you will have to go through the Student Success Center to get to the Health and Behavioral Studies Building.In the parking garage, proceed to the staircase that is the closest to S. Mason Street. Take the elevator to the Skybridge floor. As you exit the elevator walk to the left through the doors and into the building. Turn left to walk across the bridge and proceed into the Student Success Center. Go down the main staircase in the foyer. Turn left at the bottom of the staircase and walk straight through the building and out the doors. Once outside, bear left to walk along the metal fence, turn left and walk down the stairs and around the building into the side entrance of the Health and Behavioral Studies Building. The Ruth Symposium will be held on the ground floor. You will register/check into the conference on the ground floor.

On Saturday, the Student Success Center does not open until 9am, please follow these directions if arriving before 9am on Saturday: In the parking garage, proceed to the staircase that is the closest to S. Mason Street. Take the elevator to the ground floor. As you exit the elevator, turn left to walk towards MLK way. Once at the intersection cross Mason Street and proceed down the sidewalk along MLK Way. After about 250 feet, follow the sidewalk as it curves in front of the Health and Behavioral Science building in front of the Clinic entrance. Proceed around the building to the entrance to the Health and Behavioral Science Building closest to the Cantrell Parking deck. Please see the map provided on the website for more detailed directions.

Directions to Cantrell Parking (Saturday parking only)

From Interstate 81 South

  • Take exit #245
  • At the end of the exit ramp there is a traffic light. Take a RIGHT onto Port Republic Road and remain in the right lane.
  • Proceed through the next light (passing JMU’s main entrance, Bluestone Drive) and take a RIGHT onto South Main Street.
  • Proceed down South Main Street and take a RIGHT onto M.L.K. Jr. Way
  • Proceed down M.L.K. Jr. Way and take the SECOND RIGHT after the S. Mason St. intersection onto Ott St.
  • Take a RIGHT into the Cantrell Parking Deck.  

From Interstate 81 North

  • Take exit #245
  • At the end of the exit ramp there is a traffic light. Take a LEFT onto Port Republic Road and remain in the right lane.
  • Proceed through the next light (passing JMU’s main entrance, Bluestone Drive) and take a RIGHT onto South Main Street.
  • Proceed down South Main Street and take a RIGHT onto M.L.K. Jr. Way
  • Proceed down M.L.K. Jr. Way and take the SECOND RIGHT after the S. Mason St. intersection onto Ott St.
  • Take a RIGHT into the Cantrell Parking Deck. 

Entrance to the Health and Behavioral Studies Building From Cantrell Street Deck (only Saturday)

You will enter the Health and Behavioral Studies Building through the side entrance (follow Ruth Symposium Signs). Exit the Cantrell parking deck the same way that you drove in. Make a hard right then another right to go down the long set of stairs parallel to the deck. Cross the street at the bottom of the stairs. Turn right to go in the side entrance of the Health and Behavioral Science Building entrance. The Ruth Symposium will be held on the ground floor. You will register/check into the conference on the ground floor.

Please refer to the JMU Parking and Walking Map labeled for the conference for more specific directions to the building.