The Michigan State University campus in East Lansing occupies 5,218 contiguous acres and has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. The developed campus comprises 2,100 acres, and the remaining 3,118 acres are devoted to experimental farms, outlying research facilities, and a 36-hole golf course. Combined, the developed campus and farms area also contain 25 natural areas which encompass more than 700 acres. The gently-rolling campus is graced by a park-like landscape, traversed by the scenic tree-lined Red Cedar River. Campus beauty is enhanced by a mature collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines that serve teaching, research and outreach functions with over 36,000 plants accounted for in an interactive digital database. Planting of trees on the campus began shortly after its founding in 1855. A more formal collection of trees was initiated on campus in 1874 in what is known as the Campus Arboretum Collection. The rich campus open space complements and unifies the 571 permanent university buildings that provide over 24.9 million gross square feet of space to serve the institution’s land-grant mission.
The spacious campus arboretum is punctuated at intervals by focal points of plant interest. Notable among these are the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, the 4-H Children’s Garden, the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, the West Circle Drive loop, and the Sanford, Red Cedar, Baker, Beal Pinetum, Bear Lake, and Toumey Natural Areas. The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden was established in 1873 to support teaching, research and community outreach across campus. Besides being one of the very first continuously operated campus botanical gardens in North America, it is the site where hybrid maize was first developed by Professor Beal, and is still the place where the longest running science experiment in history is ongoing today. The 2,500 plant taxa in the labeled beds are organized into systematic, and economic collections. The adjoining slopes have many more species that comprise regional ecological and landscape groupings. Besides providing accessioned plant materials annually for millions of dollars of grant supported research, the Beal Botanical Garden also participates in a robust International Seed Exchange and shares and develops plant biology information with hundreds of botanical gardens worldwide. The Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, which showcase beautiful displays of over 1,200 varieties of flowering plants, are used for instruction and demonstration and for testing the performance of plants in the climate of central Michigan. They include both All-American Trial and Euro-Select Trial Gardens for annual plants and an All-American Display Garden for roses. Natural areas on the campus are protected vestiges of our natural heritage and include Toumey Woodlot, an old-growth beech-maple forest designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Natural Landmark. Management of the natural areas is held to a minimum necessary to assure that their manifold teaching, research, recreational, and inspirational values will continue to serve generations of future students, staff, and faculty.
The Abrams Planetarium is an acknowledged leader in the popularization of astronomy. It is named after Dr. Talbert "Ted" and Mrs. Leota Abrams, who generously gave the original gift of $250,000 over 50 years ago. Today, the building features a 140-seat Sky Theater housing a digital full-dome projector, a black light gallery, an exhibit hall, and gift counter.
The major goals of the planetarium include offering engaging multimedia presentations that always contain a live presentation to the public, tailored program for the needs of K-12 students, and up-to-date undergraduate education across disciplines through collaboration with people across campus and the community.
Star shows and other events are offered to the public on weekends and special occasions. Visitors to the exhibit hall are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and noon and 1:00 p.m. an 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information and a full listing of our offerings visit www.abramsplanetarium.org.
Alumni Memorial Chapel
Nestled amidst trees and lawns that slope gently down to the Red Cedar River stands the picturesque Alumni Memorial Chapel. Dedicated on June 7, 1952, the Chapel’s simple elegance, timbered ceilings, stained glass windows and collegiate gothic charm are among the reasons many choose this location to celebrate weddings, baptisms, memorials, family celebrations and more. Accommodating all faiths, each ceremony is treated with the same respect and reverence. The chapel was built “in honor of those who served their country” and “in memory of those students and alumni who made the supreme sacrifice.” More than 5,000 alumni and friends of the university raised the initial $200,000 to build the chapel. The chapel seats 160 people and is also home to various performances sponsored by the MSU College of Music including those on the new, state-of-the-art, custom-made pipe organ, the Red Cedar Organ. To reserve the MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel, call 1-517-432-2446.
Michigan State University has extensive facilities supporting intercollegiate athletics. The Jenison Field House has complete synthetic surfacing for track and a seating capacity of 5,017 for volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling events. The Breslin Student Events Center and Berkowitz Basketball Complex, a multipurpose building, has two auxiliary gymnasiums for practice. Breslin has a seating capacity of 14,797 for basketball games and other student events. The Munn Ice Arena is available for ice hockey, skating, and athletic events with a seating capacity of 6,470. The full-service MSU Tennis Center has eight indoor tennis courts, offers a wide variety of tennis programs for MSU and the greater Lansing community and has a seating capacity of 1,200. Twenty varsity and recreational tennis courts are located south of the Duffy Daugherty/Skandalaris Football Center. Spartan Stadium has a playing area covered with grass and is used for football games and for large outdoor occasions. It has a seating capacity of 75,005. The Duffy Daugherty Building/Skandalaris Football Center has a full-size indoor football field and a 16,500-square- foot weight room. The two 18-hole Forest Akers Golf Courses were financed in part through a gift from Forest Akers, a long-time member of the University governing board. Included with the courses are all-weather, year-round driving ranges, practice greens and the Lasch Family Golf Center. Old College Field is the location of the Secchia Stadium for softball, DeMartin Soccer Complex and McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field. The field hockey, track and field facility, known as the Ralph Young Field, has an all-weather track and artificial turf infield available to students and faculty. Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center is a 31,000-square-foot facility that houses a computer lab with 74 stations, a 210-seat auditorium, two 70-seat study areas, 10 individual tutorial rooms and 10 staff offices. Rowing facilities are located adjacent to the Grand River in Lansing.
Both Fairchild Theatre (464 seats) and the main Auditorium (3,152 seats) feature a variety of performing arts events as well as formal lectures and commencement ceremonies. The classrooms, studios and offices of the Department of Theatre are in this building. The main Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre are managed by Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and used by the College of Music and Department of Theatre for performances and instructional activities.
This familiar landmark stands on the site of the first building in America where agriculture was taught as a science on a university campus. The tower contains a 49-bell carillon.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is an engaged public institution that reflects the longstanding interdisciplinary focus of Michigan State University. The MSU Broad Art Museum connects people with art in ways that inspire curiosity and inquiry through a rotation of exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists, a permanent collection of over 10,000 works, and dynamic programming. With a focus on the art of our time—in dialogue with the historical—the museum encourages engagement with issues of local relevance and global significance.
Because the MSU Broad Art Museum values access to meaningful art experiences, admission and membership are always free.
For more information, visit www.broadmuseum.msu.edu, e-mail email@example.com, or call 1-517-884-4800.
Built in 1963 and substantially expanded in 2002, the Delia Koo International Academic Center continues to be the hub of international activity at Michigan State University. Housed within the International Center is the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP), a university-level office led by an associate provost and dean. ISP supports and encourages international activities throughout the institution, and within ISP are offices with responsibility for education abroad, international students and scholars, international research and Peace Corps recruiting, international health and safety, as well as area studies centers focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Russia, Eurasia and Latin America and the Caribbean. ISP has strong ties to thematic international units across the campus that focus on international agriculture, business, education, engineering, gender, youth, health, and languages. Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN), Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Visiting International Professionals Program, Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS), and visiting international scholars affiliated with the international and thematic centers also have offices here. The International Center also houses the Volunteer English Tutoring Program, a language-tutoring program for the international community, and is available for use by MSU’s many other international centers and institutes. ISP hosts a myriad of international conferences, seminars, colloquia, and workshops. Other residents include the Cross-roads Food Court, MSU ID Office and the Spartan Bookstore. In addition to offices and meeting space, the International Center also offers room 115 just off the lobby. Primarily used as a classroom, room 115 is available for large meetings and is often the site of academic governance sessions during fall and spring semesters. To request use of room 115, contact classroom scheduling in the Office of the Registrar. Registered student organizations may request use of the lobby area through the Department of Student Life for various cultural, social and recreational activities. Similarly, the International Center also hosts events sponsored by the University Activities Board.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center plays a key role in the fulfillment of the university’s land grant mission. Built in 1951 in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kellogg Center has been a model facility for continuing education. Today, Kellogg Center serves as the primary location for university-sponsored seminar and outreach programs, extending expertise and resources to the entire state and around the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people participate in conferences and workshops. Available to the public as well as the university community, the Kellogg Center is a hub for community activities, corporate meetings and social events. Kellogg Center is a full-service conference center and hotel with guest rooms, including five suites, flexible function space, meeting rooms, banquet rooms, private dining rooms, and professional conference and event coordinators. Also located in this state-of-the-art conference facility are the teaching laboratories for The School of Hospitality Business and the State Room Restaurant which features upscale casual dining on site and Spartan Spirit Shop where you will find only the best Spartan apparel and gifts and some unique items that you can't find anywhere else in East Lansing!
Kresge Art Center
A gift of the S. S. Kresge Foundation, this building houses the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Among its resources are lecture classrooms for art history and disciplinary studios for ceramics, drawing, electronic art and intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Other resources housed within the Kresge Art Center include: a woodshop, a professional lighting studio for documentation of artwork, two digital labs, a print lab, a state-of-the-art electronic fabrication, prototyping and sculpture facility, a visual resource library, and an art store/café. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design Gallery 101 and 114 provide additional exhibition space and feature rotating exhibits throughout the year. All gallery exhibits are open to the public. For additional information call 1-517-355-7610, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.art.msu.edu.
Michigan State University Museum
The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University. The Museum features three floors and 15 galleries of changing and long-term exhibit spaces. Long-term exhibits include the Science On a Sphere Gallery that houses one of the world’s most dynamic learning technologies for visualizing data. In addition to exhibits and engaging community events, the Museum houses over one million artifacts and specimens. The Museum is the repository of significant collections in natural sciences, archaeology, folk arts, and history from around the world. For more information, visit www.museum.msu.edu; call 1-517-355-2370 or email email@example.com for general inquiries.
The MSU Union is a busy student and alumni hub offering shopping, dining, flexible event space and convenient amenities designed to serve the Michigan State University community. Located at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue, it's easily accessible by all methods of transportation. The MSU Union is located at the entrance to north campus, within a park-like atmosphere. In keeping with location’s storied past, the MSU Union acts as a central meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alums and university guests to experience cultural, educational and social activities. Services available at the MSU Union include:
|Admissions Welcome Room
||MSU Union Food Court
|Cap and Gown Rental and Purchase
|Classrooms 50, 55
||MOSAIC Multicultural and Unity Center
|Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
||North Neighborhood Engagement Center
||Nursing Mothers Room
|Community Police Office
||Quiet Study Lounge
||Spartan Spirit Shop
|Meeting and Conference Space
|MSU Federal Credit Union
The MSU Union also provides campus-wide student activities through the University Activities Board (UAB) with events held at a variety of campus locations. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) can use the MSU Union for meetings and events. Other interested parties can book space within the union for meetings, conferences and special events, with Kellogg Catering our preferred caterer. Contact the Sales department at 517-432-2446 or email Amy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit us at msuunion.com.
Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education
The Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education opened in 1997 and combines auditorium, classroom, arena, and exhibit spaces. Exhibit space covers 66,240 square feet and can accommodate 368 animal stalls that can be removed to create open space for a variety of events. The arena seats 2,000 people and has a show floor of 28,670 square feet. The auditorium seats 400 and is used for meetings, auctions, and livestock industry events. An event office, showers, livestock wash racks, public address system, Michigan State University concession stand, and recreational vehicle hook-ups are available for Pavilion events.
Student Services Building
The Student Services Building is home to the Division of Student Life and Engagement and several of its units, including the Office of the Assistant Vice Presidents for Students Involvement and Leadership; Student Development and External Relations; and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Career Services Network; Student Life; Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions; The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center; the Student Veterans Resource Center; Women*s Student Services, Student and Community Relations; Fraternity and Sorority Life; and the Center for Community Engaged Learning. Other offices in the building include the Office of Financial Aid, Center for Survivors, Health Promotions, Recovery Room, ASMSU, as well as the administrative offices for the Eli Broad Art Museum.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Wharton Center, located in the heart of MSU's campus at the corner of Bogue Street and Shaw Lane, was founded on the belief that art is a dimension of culture that should be shared with and made accessible to all. Through diverse programming and inclusive initiatives—like Sensory-Friendly Performances, ASL-interpretation, and Audio Description, among other programs—Wharton Center strives to inspire and connect with the creative spirit in everyone. Wharton Center serves the community by bringing the best in touring Broadway shows, innovative dance companies, top classical musicians, and jazz artists to Mid-Michigan, as well as hosting performances by the Department of Theatre, College of Music, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Through performing arts and arts education, Wharton Center is committed to fostering confidence, creativity, cooperation, and empathy. Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity collaborates with MSU's Department of Theatre, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and College of Music, among others, on a variety of innovative projects; music and dance masterclasses; and storytelling and improvisation workshops. In addition, the Institute offers summer musical theatre classes led by Broadway professionals, and numerous community and school programs that educate and inspire more than 30,000 learners each year. Wharton Center offers internships and student employment and is supported by an MSU student marketing team. Full-time MSU students receive ticket discounts, including $29 for most MSUFCU Broadway Series performances and $19 for most Performing Arts events. For more information on Wharton Center programs, visit www.whartoncenter.com.