Though classes for the College of Arts and Sciences are held all over Eastern Michigan University's campus, online and elsewhere, there are some facilities in particular that we'd like to draw attention to. The following locations are special-use buildings, some on EMU's campus and others at satellite locations throughout Michigan. All of these facilities help to expand the educational experiences of our students beyond the typical classroom, whether through research, display or performance, or interdisciplinary efforts.
The Ford Gallery is a focal point in Eastern Michigan University's Art Department, where both students and practicing artists have the opportunity to exhibit their creative endeavors. Exhibits range from textiles, sculpture and graphic design to watercolor, prints, drawings and paintings. The Gallery is open during the week and on Saturdays. For more information, please call 734.487.0465.
The Kresege Environmental Education Center (also known as "Fish Lake") consists of beautiful educational, housing, and dining facilities situated on 240 lovely wooded acres on the shore of Fish Lake, near Lapeer, Michigan. The facility is used not only for coursework sponsored through EMU's Biology Department, but is also a research site for students in the Geology & Geography Department, a stargazing site for students in the Astronomy Club, as well as a facility for retreats and various events sponsored by other EMU departments and K-12 school groups.
Constructed in 1998 with major funding from the National Science Foundation, EMU's Terrestrial & Aquatic Ecology Research Facility is operated by the Department of Biology and is currently used by faculty and students engaged in research related to plant-insect interactions, wetland ecology, fish biology, and tarantula behavior and physiology. The facility consists of state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities, a multi-featured aquarium/aquaculture facility, and a laboratory for insect and invertebrate research.
In 2000, an 86-acre parcel of land near Traverse City, as well as a major endowment, were gifted to EMU from the estate of Jean Noble Parsons. Programming at the Center is designed to bring artists and scientists together for mutual intellectual stimulation. Ms. Parsons understood that artistic creativity and mental health can involve an awareness, understanding and appreciation of natural environments, and hoped to see her property and assets used to create a special interdisciplinary approach to the study of art and science. While the Parsons Center is developing and expanding curricular offerings, the site is also being used by EMU's extensive program in Continuing Education.
Historically, Pease Auditorium has been a cultural jewel in the heart of Ypsilanti. Serving the University and community since 1914, Pease Auditorium is a social and cultural gathering spot for people from all walks of life and serves to uplift the human spirit, stimulate thinking and give deeper meaning to everyday life. Over the years, the auditorium has attracted a wide variety of important performers as well as educational and political figures such as: The Philadelphia Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Count Basie, John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, the Joffrey Ballet Company, Pearl Bailey, Igor Stravinsky, The Temptations, Cicely Tyson, Robert Kennedy, Wynton Marsalis and The National Shakespeare Company, to name a few examples. Today, the auditorium serves not only as the venue for internationally known performers and speakers, but also offers many performances by EMU music faculty and students.
The larger of our two main stage theatres, the Quirk Theatre, is a 381-seat proscenium stage that showcases faculty-directed main stage productions. In its fifty-plus years at our University this theatre has seen its share of fame, from the well-known author and critic Dr. John Gassner who was a guest at the theatre's first performance, to now-alums who have gone on to be in major productions On and Off Broadway and in long-term TV series, like Peter J. Saputo, AKA Pater Jaye, and Dann Florek, best known for his role in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."