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Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Grand Rapids

wmich_cooleylaw_verticalThe fact that WMU-Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation may surprise some people, but it won’t surprise anyone at the Law School. The exciting cities of Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand RapidsLansing and Tampa surround our great campuses.  This post, the fifth of a series by Sharon Matchette featuring campus-area attractions, focuses on Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids, the second biggest city in Michigan, is a unique blend of culture, education, museums, nightlife and family fun. And, even though it’s an inland city, Grand Rapids boasts the attractions of some of Michigan’s finest beaches with the west coast shoreline of the state only a half hour away.

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Recently named one of the top 10 destinations to visit in 2014, Grand Rapids is an exciting place in with to live and learn.

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One of Grand Rapids’ must-experience events is the annual ArtPrize competition and exhibit,  scheduled this year for Sept. 24-Oct. 12. More than 1,500 artists create works in a variety of media, decorating the community with their most creative efforts. During the first 11 days of the event, visitors tour the works, voting for the entries they think should win. In the next 5 days, people vote for their favorite of the Top 10 entries.  In addition, you should not miss the wonderful Grand Rapids Art Museum.

After seeing the city’s great art, take advantage of Grand Rapids’ thriving music scene. The free Jazz at the Zoo Series, now in its 14th season, features jazz each Monday evening, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the John Ball Zoo. The city’s GrandJazzFest brings a wide range of performers to town.  For Blues fans, the 97LAVFM Blues on the Mall Series is held through the summer. Not to be outdone, Thursday evenings each summer feature music as well with GRAM on the Green,  a series that includes live outdoor music and free museum admission. The music ranges from hip hop, to pop, to salsa, performed on the museum terrace.  In fact, many more opportunities exist to listen to great music in Grand Rapids. Visit the Experience Grand Rapids site to get a comprehensive list.

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Experience Grand Rapids notes that “you can see and do more in Grand Rapids in one day, than you can in a week in other cities.” There are so many things to do, however, you just might need that week — or more.

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From the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to the Public Museum of Grand Rapids,and the John Ball Zoological Garden, Grand Rapids is a destination site for families who want interesting things to do and places to see.

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Sports fans have much to cheer about in Grand Rapids as well. From the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team to the West Michigan Whitecaps (affiliate of the Detroit Tigers), there is a calendar full of organized sports to keep fans busy.  And for shopping fans, there is a mix of local stores with one-of-a-kind finds to large malls, such as Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings with hundreds of brand-name stores.

Come and visit WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus.  We would be glad to show you around!

See WMU-Cooley on the web at cooley.edu.

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Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Auburn Hills

wmich_cooleylaw_verticalThe fact that WMU-Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation may surprise some people, but it won’t surprise anyone at the Law School. The exciting cities of Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand RapidsLansing and Tampa surround our great campuses.  This post, the fourth of a series by Sharon Matchette featuring campus-area attractions, focuses on Auburn Hills.

Students, residents, and visitors in the Auburn Hills, Mich., area, have a remarkable variety of attractions, eateries, sports and cultural events to fill their days.

Between Auburn Hills and Detroit a half-hour away, there is an abundance of shopping locations, including mega-malls and outlet centers, and entertainment centers such as The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Other great entertainment attractions include the historic Detroit Opera House, the fabulous Fox Theatre, the Chene Park Amphitheater located along the Detroit River, the Motor City Casino, the DTE Energy Music Theatre 15 minutes from Auburn Hills in Clarkston, Mich., the  Meadowbrook Music Festival on the nearby Oakland University campus, and much, much more.

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For sports fans, the Detroit/Auburn Hills area is among the nation’s best major league venues, featuring the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Detroit Grand Prix.

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Auburn Hills itself, home to slightly over 20,000 residents, features a thriving business community which includes Chrysler Corporation’s world headquarters and tech center, located literally across the street from our campus.

Auburn Hills also hosts several important educational institutions, including our Detroit area educational partner Oakland University and our next door neighbor, Oakland Community College.

Situated near the Clinton River, the Auburn Hills campus area features several nature centers, parks and trails, including the Clinton River Trail, Hawk Woods Nature Center, and the Dennis Dearing Jr. Memorial Park, featuring a fireman-themed area for kids ages 2-5, picnic area, swings, and more.

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For nature fans willing to drive a few minutes from Auburn Hills, the outstanding Detroit Zoo, 15 miles away at Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak features 125 acres of exhibits, including the astounding polar bear exhibit, the Australian Outback Adventure, and the Penguinarium, among many others. The zoo is home to more than 2,600 animals of 265 species, and is open 362 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Further down Woodward Avenue in the city of Detroit is the one the nation’s great art museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose center court displays world-famous murals by Diego Rivera.  And just down the street from the DIA, lovers of fine music can hear and watch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the first in the world to be heard on radio and now billed as the most accessible orchestra on the planet.

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Area shopping is dominated by the upscale Somerset Collection in nearby Troy, one of the nation’s elite shopping venues, and the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan’s only enclosed outlet mall, with 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores.

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Good restaurants and bars abound, with too many to name.  Needless to say, the area around our Auburn Hills campus is a great place in which to live and learn.

Come and visit WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus.  We would be glad to show you around!

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Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Lansing

The fact that Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation may surprise some people, but it won’t surprise anyone at Cooley. These exciting cities are near all of Cooley’s Michigan and Florida campus locations, whether Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand RapidsLansing or Tampa Bay.  This post, the third of a series by Sharon Matchette about Cooley’s great campus locations, focuses on Lansing.

Cooley’s Lansing-based students, faculty, and staff have access to the one of the nation’s most vibrant university communities that also happens to be the seat of state government.

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As Lansing’s annual Common Ground music festival gets underway, residents and visitors alike are reminded just how much there is to do in the state’s capital city.  Common Ground has been part of the Lansing entertainment scene since 2000 and features six days of national acts on various stages in Adado Riverfront Park. Such familiar and popular acts as Earth, Wind and Fire, the Violent Femmes, and 311 grace the main stage, while two other stages provide an equally lively entertainment line-up. Music runs each night 5:45-11 p.m.

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Occurring during the Common Ground Week is the annual Color Run, otherwise known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet.” This event features runners dressed in white who are splashed in color on their way to the finish line. The event, which takes place July 12, raises money for charities; in 2014, the organization has partnered with Kelleigh’s Cause and the Sparrow Children’s Center. The start-line window opens at 9 a.m. with waves of participants going every few minutes. Come on out and watch the colorful fun.

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Ongoing things to do in Lansing include the Impression 5 Science Center with its interactive exhibits to spark families’ interest in science, the Michigan Historical Museum, Potter Park Zoo, the historical State Capitol Building; the Lansing River Trail, a scenic trail that stretches from Jolly Road on the south end of town to Old Town on the north end. Hikers can also pick it up at Potter Park and walk all the way over to Michigan State University. In all, about 13 miles of paved trail meanders through numerous parks, natural areas, and downtown Lansing.

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Because of the proximity of Michigan State University “next door,” East Lansing is considered an equally accessible location for attractions, events, eateries, and nightlife. The area’s visitor website highlights the fun in both Lansing and East Lansing, as well as in surrounding areas.

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For sports fans there is the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team, playing at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, and the full roster of Michigan State University sports active during the academic year. For professional sports fans, Detroit — featuring the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings — is about 90 minutes away. For those not wishing to make the drive, however, many pubs and restaurants in Lansing and East Lansing show the games on TV.

Even going to the movies in Lansing has some special twists. In addition to the standard movie theaters, Celebration Cinema has Studio C in Okemos, featuring Oscar’s Bistro where patrons can order their food and take it into the auditorium or just eat in the café, or, for those who ante up for the premier seats, the wait staff will assist you during the show with your food and drink orders.

Come and visit Cooley’s Lansing campus.  We we be glad to show you around!

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Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Tampa Bay

Cooley has campuses in the great Michigan locations of Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.  Today’s post by Sharon Matchette highlights just some of what the equally great Tampa Bay, Florida area has to offer to students attending Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, which opened in 2012.

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The Tampa Bay, Florida, area, located on the west coast of the “Sunshine State” near the Gulf of Mexico, is home to Cooley Law School’s campus in Riverview. Forbes named Tampa as the Fifth Best Outdoor City in America, The Pew Research Center called Tampa the fifth most popular place to live, and the Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “20 somethings.” The area is home to several sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team.

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Between the beaches, the historic sites, and the sports, cuisine and nightlife choices, the Tampa Bay area is a vibrant location, steady in its growth and attractiveness to tourists and residents alike. Students also find a welcoming home here. In addition to Cooley, the area is also home to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.

There is much to do and see in the Tampa area, including such attractions as Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and the Lowry Park Zoo — many of which are geared up to offer special attractions for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

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Busch Gardens, at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, is a unique blend of thrilling rides, live shows, restaurants, shops, games, and one of the country’s premier zoos. From July 3-Aug. 10, Busch Gardens in Tampa hosts “Star Spangled Nights,” with extended fireworks July 3-5.

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The Florida Aquarium, at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, is one of the top aquariums in the country, with over 20,000 sea creatures. Visitors can experience sharks, alligators, otters, penguins, and more! For the upcoming holiday, the aquarium will also host fireworks.

Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, was named the #1 Zoo by both Parents Magazine and Child Magazine. The zoo boasts about 1,000 animals, including manatees, koalas, elephants, tigers, penguins, giraffes, orangutans, and more, along with water play areas, rides and educational shows. From July 4-6, military personnel with ID and up to three dependents may visit for free.

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For many of these locations, visitors can get a break on admission prices with the Tampa Bay CityPASS. This is a booklet of admission tickets to five must-see tourist attractions in Tampa Bay, including Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and a choice of either the Chihuly Collection of art works, or the Museum of Science and Industry.

There is so much to do in the Tampa Bay area, it’s easy to run out of time. The TripAdvisor group has tried to help by ranking some of the attractions. Coming in at #1 is The Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Beer fests, wine tastings, classic movies combine to make this a destination for many visitors.

Coming in at #2 of 88 attractions is Big Cat Rescue at 12802 Easy St., Tampa, where visitors get an up-close look at the wildflife. The rescue is a Certificate of Excellence winner in 2014..

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And one of the area’s most impressive sights is the towering Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which ranks #3 on the list of must-see locations. Spanning Tampa Bay, the bridge is more than just an easier way to get around the area, it’s a destination site for visitors and photographers. alike

Come and visit Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus.  We know you will love what you see!

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