Central Michigan University hosts more than 500 events each year, many of which are free and open to the public. Highlighted events from Thursday, March 20, to Wednesday, March 26, include:
Evaluation and Relaxation Time
Central Michigan University will host an evaluation and relaxation time from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get tips on how to progress through the rest of the semester and attend break-out sessions and one-on-one’s with a success coach as well as enjoy karaoke and snacks.
The Message II My Sister Monologues
The Rho Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is sponsoring a series of original monologues written by CMU students that discuss the complexities of being a woman in today's society. The monologues will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Anspach Hall 162. The event is free and open to the public.
Fiction Reading with Alissa Nutting
The Department of English Language and Literature and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences are sponsoring a fiction reading with Alissa Nutting at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Park Library Baber Room as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Alissa Nutting is the author of the short story collection “Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls,” which was selected by judge Ben Marcus as winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. She is an assistant professor of English at John Carroll University, where she teaches creative writing. Admission is free and open to the public.
Guest Speaker Luis Carlos Montalvan
The Mid-Central Area Health Education Center and CMU’s Veteran’s Resource Center will present guest speaker Luis Carlos Montalvan from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the College of Medicine auditorium, with a question and answer session following his talk. Montalvan, a 17-year veteran and retired U.S. Army captain and author of "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" will speak about post-traumatic stress disorder and what veterans face when they resume civilian life. Seats are limited. Contact Steve Rellinger at (989) 774-7991 to register.
The Office of Student Activities and Involvement is taking a trip to see Les Miserables live at the Midland Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in the Bovee University Center 101. Transportation is provided.
CMU Opera Theatre presents “Carousel”
CMU Opera Theatre will present “Carousel” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors and are available for purchase at Ticket Central by calling 989-774-3045 or at the door.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
The Emmy-Award winning, Chicago-based company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will be at CMU March 18 to 22 to perform, show documentaries, and host lectures and dance workshops. The company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $18 for the general public and are available through Ticket Central at 989-774-3045 or online here.
CMU Police Department’s 5th annual Citizen’s Police Academy
CMU Police Department’s 5th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23. Sign up for an opportunity to participate in a variety of course topics. For more information check out the CMU Police Department’s website here or contact Sgt. Trent Case or Lt. Larry Klaus at (989) 774-3081.
Revitalizing Detroit with the educational nonprofit hostel
Emily Doerr, CMU alum and founder of Hostel Detroit, will discuss her experiences developing nonprofits at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the Park Library Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and is free and open to the public.
Spring Grad Fair
Central Michigan University will host a spring graduation fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 24, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Graduates may purchase their caps and gowns and order a diploma frame, as well as other graduation-related purchases.
Right Wing Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe
Journalist and author Zoltán Tibori Szabó will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 24, in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. He will discuss the rise of the extremist political parties since the fall of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, how they are achieving success in local, national and European elections, why this is happening, and what can be done to halt the spread of extremism. This event is free and open to the public.
SGA Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate
Student Government Association is hosting a Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate at 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Anspach Hall 162. All students have the chance to vote for the new administration of SGA and are invited to learn more about the candidates and the platforms on which they are building their campaigns.
Liberty in North Korea
Grassroots nonprofit Liberty in North Korea will bring an interactive presentation about LiNK to CMU at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Anspach Hall 161. LiNK works to redefine North Korea by focusing on the people, rescuing and providing resettlement support to North Korean refugees, and pursuing an end to the North Korean crisis. The presentation will review the history of the North Korean crisis, the challenges North Koreans face and how people are overcoming the challenges. Attendees will learn how they can help empower the North Korean people to accelerate these changes. This event is free and open to the public.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Kip Fulbeck
Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer and filmmaker. He has been featured on several TV shows and has performed and exhibited in more than 20 countries. He is the author of several books, as well as the director of a dozen short films including “Banana Split” and “Lilo & Me.” Fulbeck is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also is a surfer, guitar player, ocean lifeguard and multiple national champion in U.S. Masters swimming. He will give the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month keynote speech at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Skype Session with Hibakusha from Hiroshima
The International Criminal Court Student Network will host a Skype session with Hiroshima survivor Hibakusha at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Park Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Before the event there will be an open house and reception in the Baber Room at 6:30 p.m.
The Great Debate
Central Michigan University Libertarians are hosting a debate between the three biggest political RSO’s on campus. The debate is a chance to learn what each group believes and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Park Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Aquatic Battleship Competition
Central Michigan Intramural Sports and Aquatics are hosting a free aquatic battleship competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Student Activity Center Pool. Sign-ups began Thursday, March 6, on IMLEAGUES.com. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players and can have a maximum of 6. Space is limited to 16 teams.
Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)
The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center is sponsoring two hours of reading in honor of the fact that March is Reading Month. The event takes from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Bovee University Center Student Lounge, Park Library’s Mary Dow Reading Room, and the west end of the Education and Human Services building.
See a list of upcoming athletic events at CMU online here.