University House available to host larger events with addition of new seating arrangements for speakers and presentations

Facility has been actively used during President Susan Martin's tenure

by Walter Kraft, Published August 03, 2011

University House, one of Eastern Michigan University's most utilized and versatile event/meeting facilities, is now able to host larger events. New seating configurations, made possible by the purchase of additional seating, allow the main atrium to seat up to 100 people in a theatre-style format for speeches and presentations.  A new dining configuration allows for up to 88 guests. 


Diagram of seating configuration

The upgrades provide additional ability for the University to build on the successful use of the facility. Over the last three years, University House has hosted an average of approximately 60 events and 2,600 guests per year.  That compares to 51 events in 2007-2008, and 31 events in 2006-2007.

Events have included receptions, dinners and luncheons for groups such as the EMU Marching Band, student leaders, Faculty Senate, the English Department Celebration of Excellence, as well as a host of community and government leaders and organizations from the throughout the area.

"University House is a valuable asset to our campus and to our community," said Roy Wilbanks, chair of the Board of Regents. "It is important that we continue to invest in it as a venue for Eastern Michigan to share our growth and success with those on campus and with the greater community.

"This investment will allow us to expand its usage and provide new opportunities for hosting donors, alumni and community events. President Susan Martin and her husband, Dr. Larry Martin, have made excellent use of the facility."

The new seating arrangements are made possible by the purchase of 100 new, quality hardwood chairs at a cost of $21,800.

University House is available for faculty, staff and university groups to host special events. For more information about scheduling an event at University House, please contact Andrea Chickonoski, director, Special Events & Public Engagement at 734.487.2360 or


Walter Kraft


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