Heritage Hall, Home of the WMU Alumni Center 

Acting at its July 8 meeting, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees unanimously approved making Heritage Hall the new official name for the building that will house the WMU Alumni Center. The building's formal designation will be Western Michigan University's Heritage Hall, the home of the WMU Alumni Center on Prospect Hill. Read more about the official name here

The new alumni center in East Hall at Western Michigan University will serve all living alumni who call WMU their Alma Mater, and will honor those historic figures and alumni who are no longer living. Through gifts to the Alumni Center, all alumni and friends of WMU will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the future of Historic East Campus and Western Michigan University, visible for generations to come. The Grand Opening is slated for Homecoming weekend, October 23 - 26.


Many opportunities exist to name or memorialize spaces within and around the Alumni Center, including two options of pavers/bricks on the porch, a donor wall in the main lobby, and many other areas on Prospect Hill. To learn more about the naming opportunities, click on the "Alumni Center Naming" button above or contact Jim Thomas at (269) 387- 8785 or  jim.thomas@wmich.edu.

The Alumni Center will be designed to:

  • Serve as a home for all alumni, family, and friends of WMU
  • Showcase the birthplace of the University in the context of the City of Kalamazoo
  • Serve as a touchstone for the WMU experience
  • Be a community asset
  • Offer flexible and multipurpose gathering spaces to the community
  • Illustrate the University's commitment to sustainability

The facility will be a starting point for important visitors to the University, including prospective students, and it will be a resource center and a place to house artifacts that are of paramount importance to the University’s rich history.

The center will be capable of hosting exclusive or large-scale events, becoming an upscale meeting space that can be used to host visitors, sign gift agreements, and honor distinguished alumni. The space will also be flexible to accommodate larger events such as outdoor alumni receptions and the annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony. 

To read more about the project's progress, please visit MyWMU.com/AlumniCenterUpdates.

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