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 27, to Wednesday, April 2, include:
Soup and Substance: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Bovee U.C. Rotunda. The topic is based on an on-going trend of plastic surgery for Asians to look more westernized. This event is free and open to the public.
‘JOURNEY: Life from the Inside Out’
The lecture and reception for “Journey: Life from the Inside Out,” a series of 14 paintings by Shelley Stevens, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Park Library’s Baber Room. This event is free and open to the public.
Speak Up, Speak Out: Election 2014
Speak Up, Speak Out will host a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Park Library Auditorium. The forum will focus on expectations for this year’s Michigan gubernatorial candidates, state and national levels races, and how the outcomes will shape the direction of the country. The event is free and open to the public.
The Trombone Choir will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
New Venture Competition
The CMU New Venture Competition will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Education and Human Services Building’s French Auditorium. Following the competition, a reception and awards ceremony will take place from 5:15 to 8 p.m. in McGuirk Arena. NVC provides a forum and serves as a catalyst for students to turn their ideas into sustainable business ventures. This event is free and open to the public.
CMU Surplus Sale
CMU is selling surplus equipment, furniture and supplies to the general public from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the CMU Surplus Sales Building, 275 West Bellows. All sales are final.
Game-Based Learning 101
The history department and the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will present a game-based learning workshop from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Bovee U.C. Terrace Rooms A and B. Andrew Peterson, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State University, will host the workshop. This event is free and open to the public.
‘WORDPOWER: Written Constitutions and the Writing of Global History’
Linda Colley from Princeton University will present “WORDPOWER: Written Constitutions and the Writing of Global History” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Park Library Auditorium. Attendees are invited to a reception following the talk in the Bovee University Center Terrace Rooms. This event is free and open to the public.
CMU Up All Night
CMU Up All Night will take place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, March 28, in the Student Activity Center. Up All Night features free food, free T-shirts, inflatable obstacle courses, caricature artists, laser tag, glow in the dark putt-putt, bowling, dodgeball, bingo and more. This event is free to CMU students with their student ID and $5 for the public.
International Graduate Historical Studies Conference
The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will take place Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, on CMU’s campus. The conference offers humanities and social science graduate students the opportunity to explore the benefits, the challenges, and the limitations of crossing borders and moving beyond boundaries. For more information, email email@example.com or click here.
Zeta Phi Beta presents a Masquerade Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Powers Hall Ballroom. This is a formal event and masks are encouraged but not required. Admission is $3.
Fly Through the Challenge
There will be a two-mile obstacle run through campus from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, starting at the Fabiano Botanical Gardens and ending at Finch Fieldhouse. Obstacles include army crawl, cardboard box tunnel, string maze and more. Live entertainment, food, beverages and a raffle will follow the challenge. Registration is $10 and starts at 1 p.m. at the Fabiano Botanical Gardens. All proceeds will be donated to The Angel Wings Fund.
Spring Break at the CMU Museum
The Museum of Cultural and Natural History in Rowe Hall is hosting five free programs suited for kindergarten through sixth grade students Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4. The programs include "Backyard Birding," "Braving the Michigan Frontier," "Crime Scene at the Museum," "Michigan's Green Gold" and "Civil War." Learn more here.
Detroit Tigers Home Opener
1892 Productions will present the Tigers’ home opener versus the Kansas City Royals on the big screen from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Bovee U.C. Student Lounge. Free food will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
CMU Speaker Series: Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka will present as part of the CMU Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. The 15-year-old Maryland high school student created a novel paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in just five minutes for as little as 3 cents. This event is free and open to the public.
Family Engineering Night
Families with children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to an evening of engaging, hands-on activities from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Engineering and Technology Building’s North Lobby Rooms 116/216. Families will work as teams to explore engineering ideas and creative solutions to everyday problems. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Comedy for a Cause
Trap Door Improv and After Hours Improv will host a comedy show to fight Alzheimer’s disease from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Seth Rogan’s organization, Hilarity for Charity, is holding a contest between universities to raise money. There will be improv, sketches and comedians from all over Michigan. Donations will be accepted at the door. This event is free and open to public.
New Music Symposium, Hummie Mann, guest composer/arranger
Guest composer/arranger Hummie Mann will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. Tickets are available for purchase at Ticket Central by calling 989-774-3045 or at the door. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors.
“The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov
University Theatre will present “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekov from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre. This is the story of an aristocrat family whose estate, complete with a beautiful and well-known orchard, is to be auctioned off to settle their debts. Tickets are available through CMU Ticket Central by calling 989-774-3045 or online here. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $7 for students and seniors, and $10 at the door.
Sixty Second Show Down
University Events will present a night filled with crazy 60-second challenges for prizes and a silent auction from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the Bovee U.C. Rotunda. All proceeds will go to Listening Ear Crisis Center. Registration is open until 25 two-person teams signup for $3 per person. Contact Justine Morneau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-975-1631 to register. Attendees can watch the games and participate in the silent auction for $1.
See a list of upcoming athletic events at CMU online here.