Alpha Chi Omega Spaghetti Dinner
Established: 1970 - Alpha Chi Omega
The Women's Aid Service of Mount Pleasant receives the profit the women from
Alpha Chi Omega raise through an annual spaghetti dinner. During the middle
of the fall semester every year since 1970, spaghetti and treats have been
on the menu.
The Volunteer Center has been sending students to volunteer during breaks in
the academic year since 1994. Students have traveled to New York City, New
Orleans, Brazil, and Detroit to help non-profit agencies with work in education,
the environment, HIV/AIDS and many, many other issues.
Asian Heritage Week
Asian Heritage Week is a week in which CMU highlights contributions given by
certain people of Asian descent. This event takes place every year in the last
week of January. A keynote speaker addresses the student body.
Be My Neighbor Day
This event is associated with Earth Day and promotes volunteerism.
There are several volunteer opportunities for students to be involved in, such
as a playground project, little league field beautification, and Chippewa River
Black History Month
February is black history month. On campus there are several activities honoring
the achievements of black leaders.
Cardboard Boat Race
Held the morning of Homecoming, this event draws quite a crowd to Rose Ponds
(near Rose Arena). For a month, students in the Industrial Engineering programs
work on building cardboard boats. The morning of Homecoming, they sail the
boats across the ponds, and the first team to the other side wins a trophy.
The Centralis Scholarship competition allows students to compete for
scholarships that recognize outstanding academic performance. The half-day
program also allows students and their parents to become acquainted with CMU's
programs and services. When this competition was started, 350 people participated.
Now 1,800 outstanding students come to compete!
CMU & You Day
Held in September each year, this day gives high school juniors and seniors
a chance to familiarize themselves with CMU. The event occurs all across campus,
with programs being held in 5 buildings: Health Professions, Park Library,
Engineering and Technology Building, Music Building, and Bovee University Center.
Approximately 3,500 students and their parents now attend.
CMU Pow Wow
This event brings CMU students and Native Americans together to celebrate
spirit and history. Traditional dancing and other activities abound during
CMU vs. WMU Blood Drive
Each year brings the highly anticipated Central versus Western football game.
The rivalry always ends in bloodshed, but for the good of the community. During
the week before the game, students at CMU and WMU donate blood to the American
Red Cross in a competition to see who can donate the greatest amount. An engraved
trophy is awarded to the winning school for display throughout the year.
Established: 2000 - Leadership Institute/Student Life
The conference was designed by campus student leaders and is held
during the second weekend in November. Over 200 student leaders come together
for a weekend of discussion and learning.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Several events are held throughout the week to honor Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and his efforts to promote equality and tolerance. Traditional activities
include the Unity Ball, a formal dinner and dance; the unity march, a march
through campus; and the day of service where students give of their time in
a project promoting MLK Jr.'s ideals.
Get Acquainted Day
Established: unknown - Minority Student Services
Get Acquainted Day kicks off the school year on the first Wednesday
of classes by providing minority students the opportunity to meet with faculty,
staff, and returning students in a picnic-style atmosphere.
Established: April 1960 - Program Board
Gentle Friday takes place the last Friday of classes before spring
exams. The event is held in Warriner Mall. Free food and activities along with
music and friends draw students to this exciting event.
Greek Mock Rock
Months of planning and practicing make this event a must-see. Sororities and
Fraternities participate in this competitive event during Greek Week. Lip syncing
and dancing are the norms as well as colorful costumes and big smiles.
During the spring semester, the Greek community shines across campus
and Mount Pleasant. Talents in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities
are put on display throughout the week.
Hispanic Heritage Month
A month-long celebration starting mid-September through mid-October. Throughout
the month, CMU highlights Hispanic contributions to the world.
Established: 1924 - Student Government
In 1924, the Student Government Association established Homecoming, a truly
spirited tradition held in October each year. Thousands of alumni return to
campus to visit and cheer the football team to glory. Student organizations
compete in several activities for the coveted Maroon Cup throughout the week
leading up to Homecoming weekend.
Established in 1961 as one of the first such programs in Michigan, CMU's nationally
recognized Honors Program provides an academic challenge for the university's
outstanding students. CMU's Honors Programs brings together a community of
outstanding students, scholars, professors, and researchers who will inspire
and encourage you to become your best - throughout your college years and beyond.
Established: 2000 - Leadership Institute/Student Life
LeaderShape is a national leadership program that is now available at over
60 universities nationwide. It is a weeklong program held the week after graduation
in May. Student leaders come together to learn how to evaluate themselves as
Established: 1998 - Office of Residence Life
High school seniors that are going to attend CMU in the fall have the opportunity
to participate in Leadership Camp. During this three-day camp in May, facilitators
lead students through group activities and challenges.
Established: 1998 - Office of Residence Life
Held the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester, this four-day program
helps incoming students enhance their leadership skills and prepare them for
a college lifestyle. Motivational speakers provide the theme for group sessions,
workshops and social activities that ask students to "Accept the Challenge".
Legends of the Dark Tour
Established: 1995 - Residence Life
Allison Batdorf, a student and Resident Assistant, organized the original Legends
tour in 1995. The tour was so wildly successful that it has continued over
the years. Every year the tour is paid for through generous donations and support
from the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), various Hall Councils, and individual
contributions. The tour is a haunting tale of true CMU stories with a twist.
They are held each year on October 30, last approximately twenty minutes, and
go all over the north side of campus.
This annual event takes place the Sunday prior to the first week of classes.
Student organizations and campus departments are on hand to welcome students
back to campus. The event is organized through the Office of Student Life with
Program Board and On The Fly Productions providing entertainment. The event
concludes with a huge outdoor concert, free to all students.
Merrill Hall Block Party
Established: 1994 - Merrill Hall Council
Get hotdogs, hamburgers, and a great time at this traditional event held in
the middle of April. A dunk tank and other amusements have also been present
over the past few years.
Native American Month
Native American Month occurs in November. CMU celebrates its relationship with
the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe during this month and offers a variety of
events for students so they can gain a better understanding of the Chippewa
New Student Empowerment Conference
This is a conference held the Friday before classes start to assist new minority
students with utilizing many resources at CMU. It also allows students to meet
faculty, staff and administration who are concerned with their academic success.
Say Hey Week
Established: 2000 - Student Government/Residence Hall Assembly
CMU is known as one of the friendliest campuses in the Midwest, and Say Hey
Week celebrates that distinction. The weeklong event features community-wide
discounts, giveaways, and events.
Established: 1963 - Larzelere Hall Council
Traditionally held the second weekend in February, Siblings Weekend brings
thousands of CMU siblings to campus. They can take part in a variety of different
activities including a carnival, different entertainment acts and the excitement
of living in the residence halls.
Sober in October
Established: 1999 - Residence Hall Assembly
Held for the entire month of October, Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) holds events
all month long for those who agree to sign a pledge to live October alcohol-free.
Special Olympics Summer Games
Mount Pleasant is the location of the State Special Olympics Headquarters.
CMU has hosted the state summer Olympic games since 1975, and has even been
the host of the national and international summer games. The games are held
the last week in May and first week in June each year.
Stepping is a high-energy rhythmic performance that uses hands and feet to
create a beat. StepShow's originated in South Africa to celebrate a birth or
a wedding. The event is usually held the first weekend in April.
Student Research and Creative Endeavors
This fair is typically held in March. Students can display the research projects
they have been working on during the semester. It is a chance to acknowledge
those students who have done outstanding works in their field of study.
Take Back the Night
Since 1980, students have been holding this event to fight against sexual assault
and domestic violence. Men and women from across campus gather to march, demonstrate,
and support each other in the effort to irradicate violence and abuse.
Unified Holiday Celebration
This event gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to celebrate many
different religious and cultural holidays. Held in late fall, the celebration
promotes a greater understanding of religion, faith and culture.
United Way Drive
CMU runs a United Way donation drive throughout the academic year.
Established: 1970 - CM Life
This event was created to expose the students to what retailers in Mount Pleasant
have to offer as students settle into their new home. This also allows retailers
the opportunity to display their merchandise and give away samples. The event
typically takes place the first Wednesday after Labor Day.
Held the first week of school in the fall semester, CMU Welcome Week provides
students with an opportunity to get better acquainted with the university.
There are numerous activities that include recreational programming, residence
hall activities, and educational seminars.