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WMU Day at the Capitol to highlight programs, people

March 14, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Western Michigan University are organizing a first-of-its-kind display of pride and achievement at the Michigan Capitol during a daylong event Wednesday, May 28.

Members of the WMU community are planning to meet with lawmakers and have displays, simulations and performances on the front lawn of the capitol in Lansing. Organizers of WMU Day at the Capitol say the purpose of the event is to engage legislators and policymakers on the importance of WMU and the contributions the University makes in providing an educated workforce and advancing the state's economic development.

"This is an important opportunity for us to showcase the many wonderful programs at Western Michigan University, our success as a Michigan research university, and demonstrate the breadth and depth of support by the WMU community," says Greg Rosine, senior vice president for advancement and legislative affairs.

Representatives from alumni and students organizations will be there to meet with legislators and the public. Demonstrations from the engineering and aviation colleges, health testing through the College of Health and Human Services and performances from the College of Fine Arts will be among the day's activities that are expected to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WMU is the first university to have a front-lawn capitol presence for such a broad spectrum of programs and groups, including those from its main Kalamazoo campus and its eight branch campuses across the state.

Transportation from Kalamazoo and box lunches will be available for participants who register to attend. A Web site with more details and an opportunity to register online will be available by the end of March.

For more information, contact Donna Marks at donna.marks@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2072.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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