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Michigan Capitol readies for Bronco stampede

May 21, 2008

KALAMAZOO--More than 700 Western Michigan University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are expected to convene on the grounds of Michigan's Capitol from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, to highlight the successes of WMU as a premier research institution.

These supporters will be meeting with legislators and bringing more than two dozen exhibits and displays, including the six-foot robotic horse Robo Bronco, WMU's solar car Sunseeker and a replica of a Cirrus SR-20 plane--the same model as two of WMU's fleet that will be flying over the capitol at noon.

Other displays and events for WMU Day at the Capitol include a concrete canoe, hydraulic or chainless bicycle, demonstration of Bronco Biodiesel and other environmental initiatives, blood pressure and hypertension screening and information, interactive analysis of posture and shoe-wear, and information on workplace ergonomics for blind or low-vision people.

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.

Organizers say the purpose of the event is to engage legislators and policymakers and demonstrate the importance of WMU and the contributions the University makes in providing an educated workforce and advancing the state's economic development.

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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