WMU News

Area code to change soon

March 19, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A new area code for Kalamazoo and much of the current 616 region will go live July 13 and is slated to become mandatory Feb. 15, 2003.

WMU's Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Benton Harbor campuses are included in the region that will change to the new 269 area code. The Grand Rapids campus, along with most of Kent and Ottawa counties, will retain the 616 code.

"If possible, faculty and staff members may want to delay any large printing order, whether it's brochures, letterhead or business cards," says David H. Smith, director of graphics and design in the Office of University Relations. "After Feb. 15, anything with the 616 code will be obsolete. We recommend that people begin using and distributing materials with the 269 code Aug. 1. Also, all University Web sites should be updated in August to reflect the new area code."

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
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