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Power plant to be named for Robert Beam

Oct. 10, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will formally name its power plant after Robert M. Beam, WMU vice president emeritus of business and finance, during a brief public ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

A reception will follow immediately in 4010 College of Health and Human Services Building.

Beam headed the University's business, financial and physical plant operations for some 21 years. He retired in June, after 42 years of service to the University.

The decision to name the power plant in his honor was announced at a retirement event held during his final days at WMU.

Beam is credited with being a key player in modernizing and upgrading the power plant after the University acquired it in 1994 from the state-owned Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.

The naming ceremony will take place at the power plant, which is located off Stadium Drive between Oliver and Howard streets. Those wishing to attend the event may enter the grounds using the plant drive directly off Stadium just past Oliver.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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