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Classes canceled during Haenicke memorial event

Feb. 18, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University classes will be canceled from 1:45 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, to allow the campus community to participate in a celebration of the life of President Emeritus Diether H. Haenicke, which has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. that day in WMU's Miller Auditorium.

Classes will be held as scheduled from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later will be held as scheduled. In addition, many parts of the campus will close during that period, as supervisors are asked to offer employees an opportunity to attend the Haenicke service as University operations permit. While most offices will be closed during the period, operations will continue in University Libraries, food services, computing centers, public safety and other essential service areas as defined by individual University vice presidents.

"Students and their welfare were at the very core of Diether H. Haenicke's life and career," notes WMU President John M. Dunn. "No celebration of his presidency would be complete without the opportunity for students to attend. We also wish to honor the longtime relationship Dr. Haenicke had with colleagues on campus by giving those whose lives he touched an opportunity to honor his memory."

Students who have questions about the closing and how it will affect them should check with their instructors.

The memorial event at Miller Auditorium will be immediately followed with a reception in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Additional details about the event and information on live broadcasts will be available closer to Feb. 26.

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

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