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Open meetings solicit input on Downtown Science Center

April 14, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Two open meetings have been scheduled for input from Western Michigan University faculty, staff and students on the use of the future WMU Downtown Science Center, formerly Pfizer Building 126.

Organized by the Building 126 Select Committee, which will submit its recommendations to President Judith I. Bailey in June, the forum serves three purposes: to outline how and why Building 126 was acquired, to provide a brief overview of the site and its facilities and to invite feedback on how to optimize the center as an asset for WMU's research scientists.

The meetings are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center. They will consist of a ten-minute presentation by Bob Miller, associate vice president for community outreach, followed by an open question-and-answer session. Miller received suggestions from Deans' Council on April 11 and Research Policies Council on April 13, and will also seek input from Academic Forum at its April 19 meeting, which takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center.

The WMU Downtown Science Center opens in 2007. It will provide state-of-the-art laboratory space to both University and private-sector researchers, helping to expand Kalamazoo's presence as a center for innovation in the sciences. Up-to-date information on the project can be found on the select committee's Web site at www.wmich.edu/provost/Building126.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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