Seminar Facilities

Institutional Context

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a mid-sized university located in Mount Pleasant, a community of 54,624 (including the student population at CMU) situated in the center of Michigan's lower-peninsula.

CMU has a population of about 19,000 on-campus and about 9,000 off-campus students. CMU’s 854-acre main campus features 59 major facilities, including the Dow Science Complex, a $26.5 million science facility opened in 1992. The Park Library recently underwent a fifty million dollar ($50m.) renovation that transformed it into an “electronically supported 21st century information center.” It supports about 1.3 million print volumes, manuscript collections, microfilm reels, maps, and visual items, and supports research on various subjects. In addition, its extensive computer stations, adjoining café & sandwich shop, and extended study hour section (also with extensive computer stations) make the library the most popular place on campus. Materials that are not available in the library can be requested through inter-library loan. Seminar participants will have Visiting Scholar privileges and full access to the resources of the library and computer centers. The library also has extended study hours. The University Center Bookstore and other bookstores near campus have large selections of books and will order books for clients upon request.

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Participants will live on-campus in one of the new University Residence Halls, within walking distance of the Park Library, which houses our seminar room and over one hundred computer stations. A café and extended hour study section (with computer lab) adjoin the main Park Library.

The cost for housing is estimated at between $70- $100/week. The Park library, the University Center, and bookstore are within a five to seven minute walk from the Residence Hall. The residence halls are also within walking distance of the Student Activity Center, several restaurants, shopping area. Participants will live in four-room air-conditioned and internet-ready suites. Each suite has a shared living room, two baths, refrigerator, and a telephone (local calls are free) as well as supplies cabinets. Each room is furnished with a bed, mattress, reading desk and dresser. Linen service is available. The halls are equipped with a laundry facility on each floor, two student lounges, and cafeteria, where participants can purchase hot meals. A kitchenette is available on each floor for those who wish to cook for themselves. The halls are also connected to CMU’s mainframe computer. Thus, participants will have access to the Internet, be able to conduct library searches using CMU’s computerized Centra and WEB Home page, and continue the discussions of topics explored during the seminar. All halls have a general TV area and seminar rooms.

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The CMU Bookstore

Proudly serving Central Michigan University since 1960, the CMU Bookstore is located on the main level of the Bovee University Center. Students can purchase CMU apparel, buy books, sell books, and browse our wide selection of office/class supplies. We also offer a variety of greeting cards, gifts, and accessories to accommodate your shopping needs. Stop in to discover why we are more than a college store.Visit the CMU book store at


Student Activity Center (SAC):

The state-of-the-art Student Activity Center features a fitness room with more than 100 exercise stations, 12 bowling lanes with computerized scoring, six racquetball courts, a fitness track, and volleyball, badminton and tennis courts. For water recreation, the SAC features a pool with a moveable floor, a deep diving pool, a large spa and two saunas. In addition, the Fast Break snack bar vends snacks, beverages, smoothies and sports drinks to SAC patrons.

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