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 Grand Opening is slated for Homecoming weekend 2015. Please check back for dates and details. 


In addition to inscribed bricks, the lobby will feature an artful and unique Wall of Honor, and each step of the Grand Stairway will exhibit the names of honorees and individuals. Please click the 'Inscribe a Brick' button to learn more. Many other opportunities exist to name or memorialize spaces within and around the Alumni Center. Please contact Jim Thomas at (269) 387- 8785 or to learn more about naming opportunities. 

The Alumni Center will be designed to:

  • Serve as a home for all alumni
  • 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

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