The Alumni Center

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 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 Alumni Center will be designed to:
  • Serve as a home for all alumni
  • Showcase the birthplace of the University
  • Serve as a touchstone for the WMU experience
  • Be a community asset
  • Offer flexible and multipurpose gathering spaces
  • 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 be flexible to accommodate larger events such as outdoor alumni receptions and the annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony. Other functions of the building have yet to be determined.

“As someone who attended business classes in East Hall, I am thrilled that East Hall, WMU’s birthplace, will be given such an appropriate function— a home, gathering place, and resource center for all alumni of this great University.”— Phil Chludzinski, WMU Alumni Association President, 2011-2013

The WMU Alumni Association Board recently approved a measure to add $1 million in Association funds to help turn the core of East Hall into a new alumni center. Read the entire press release here.

Cement Your Legacy

Be a part of the future of East Hall while celebrating its past. Click here to purchase a personalized brick, a place on the Wall of Honor, or a step on the Grand Staircase. The Portico, located on the east-facing side of the building with a stunning view of Downtown Kalamazoo, will include inscribed bricks. The Ballroom, looking out over Prospect Hill, will feature an artful and unique Wall of Honor. Each step of the Grand Stairway will exhibit the Bronco pride of individuals or honorees. All of these options provide the opportunity to display your desire to be recognized as an integral part of Western Michigan University’s history and family.

Faculty and Staff of WMU:
Take this opportunity to cement your legacy in the new WMU Alumni Center by inscribing a personalized brick, step, or place in our Wall of Honor. Click here to learn more.

Town Hall Presentation

East Hall Press Release Archive

An open letter from WMU President John M. Dunn