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Activities and Events

| Monday, January 28, 2013



PLANETARIUM FEATURES THE MOVIE "STARS": Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. The EMU planetarium will feature the movie "Stars," Friday, February 8 and 22, 7 p.m., in the Mark Jefferson Science Complex. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

"Stars," narrated by actor Mark Hamill, is the Sudekum Planetarium's first original full-dome, digital production. Adventure Science Center collaborated with the National Space Centre in Leicester, England, to create this stunning 26-minute show exploring the powerhouses of the universe and our relationship with the night sky throughout history. For more on the show, go to Stars Movie. Recommended age for the movie is 13 years and older. Following the movie, participates will get to enjoy a live demonstration of the current night sky locally. Space is limited. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at EMU Tickets. Additional movie screenings will be shown on the following dates: 

  • Friday, March 15
  • Friday, April 12 & 26

Contact Norbert Vance at nvance@emich.edu or Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu for further details about the planetarium.


PANEL DISCUSSION: As part of Black History Month, the Department of Africology and African American Studies presents keynote speaker Ravi Perry, Thursday, February 7, 1 - 4 p.m., in Room 310AB, of the Student Center. Perry will talk about "President Barack Obama's Re-election: demography, race relations & emerging political issues." Panelists include Barbara Patrick, Eric Brown, Joseph Engwenyu, Ravi Perry, Gregg Barak and Robert Perry with Victor Okafor moderating. During the event, the winners of a student essay contest on Obama's presidency to be announced. Free refreshments will be available. This event is LBC credit approved. For more information, contact Victor Okafor at vokafor@emich.edu.


SESI ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE: The Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business is proud to present the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference, Friday, February 8, in the Student Center. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization of EMU is hosting the event and students and faculty are invited to listen to entreprenaurs as they share their successes and failures. The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition will also be held the conference which includes a continental breakfast and a sit-down lunch. The event is FREE but online registration is required. ALL EMU students and faculty and staff are invited to attend. To register or read more about the conference, go to Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference homepage or contact Jessica Smith of CEO for more details via email at jsmit204@emich.edu. (02/05)


* DIVERSITY CAREER FAIR: Eastern's Annual Diversity Career Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 13, 12 - 3 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with recruiters from various companies that promote diversity both inside and outside their organizations. This career fair is open to any student seeking an internship or entry-level career opportunity. Registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online at emudiversitycareerfair2013.eventbrite.com/. For additional information, you may contact Ebony Jones in the University Advising & Career Development Center at 487-0400 or ejones49@emich.edu.


GAMERS FOR GIVING 2013: The interactive entertainment industry will focus on Eastern Michigan University as video game enthusiasts from across the country convene to participate in one of the Midwest's premier gaming events, Gamers for Giving 2013, Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, in the Student Center grand ballroom. Information and registration for this year's event can be found at Gamers for Giving. A live stream will broadcast at twitch.tv/LANFest.

Founded in 2008 by current EMU student Zach Wigal, Gamers for Giving is a non-profit competitive gaming tournament & LAN party that helps raise money for the charity initiatives of Gamers Outreach Foundation. The organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit within the video game industry, facilitates activities such as building portable gaming carts for children's hospitals (dubbed "GO Karts") and sending video game care packages to troops overseas.

In partnership with companies such as Astro Gaming and the Intel LANFest series, Gamers for Giving features tournaments with cash prizes for the hardcore enthusiast, as well as casual activities for those who enjoy the light-spirited side of gaming. Headline activities include a Halo 4 tournament, a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 tournament, a League of Legends tournament, a StarCraft 2 tournament, and a BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN Party. Entry fees from the event directly support Gamers Outreach programs. Sponsored by EMU Student Government. Contact Zach Wigal at zwigal@emich.edu for more information.


* "HUSTLE YOUR HEART OUT" FUNDRAISER: The Center for Multicultural Affairs at Eastern will host the 2nd Annual "Hustle Your Heart Out" fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association, on Monday, February 18, 7 - 11 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom A&B.

The entire campus community is invited to participate. The event is free but a donation is suggested at the door. Last year, over 300 students, faculty, staff and members of the community danced the night away to support the American Heart Association. There will be a DJ playing the latest hustle songs with well-known dance instructors Mr. Smooth from Detroit, Teddy Jam from EzGlide and Sherry Hawkins from Dance with Elegance who will teach the crowd the hustle and lead the night. The American Heart Association will have a booth and be registering individuals who are interested in participating in the Heart Walk in May. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. For more information, Zara Northover at znorthov@emich.edu. Check out our Facebook Fanpage.


* GIRL DEVELOPERS' SUMMIT EVENT AT EMU: Children living with autism need the same opportunities as their typically developing peers. This is especially true for girls who are diagnosed with autism, according to Amy Sanderson, who will be a panelist at this year's Girl Developers' Summit on Saturday, February 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the Student Center. The Summit is sponsored by Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

Sanderson, associate director of Family and Community Services at the Autism Collaborative Center at EMU, and her fellow panel members will discuss the effects of autism on girls and how they may be successfully integrated into group activities such as Girl Scout troops. The cost is $45 for the general public, $35 for registered Girl Scout Adults and $20 for college students. The registration fees will increase by $5 after February 1, 2013. For more information about the Summit, visit the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan homepage or to register for the event, go to Registration or call 1-800-497-2688.


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