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Register now for WMU Day at the Capitol

April 9, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Online registration for Western Michigan University's second annual WMU Day at the Capitol is now under way at wmich.edu/wmuday. WMU T-shirts, optional bus transportation from Kalamazoo and box lunches, all free of charge, will be available for all registered participants.

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WMU Day at the Capitol

WMU Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the state capitol in Lansing. It will feature interactive and hands-on exhibits and a live vocal performance showcasing the talents and success of WMU students, faculty and staff. The inaugural event drew more than 700 participants.

"We made a strong impression on the Legislature last year, and with 46 new legislators this year, we are continuing to raise awareness about WMU," says Greg Rosine, vice president for institutional advancement and legislative affairs.

Twenty-six proposals were chosen for the event, including projects and displays from a wide variety of WMU departments and programs from aviation to engineering to health and human services to fine arts.

Featured is a 2004 Prius converted to a plug-in hybrid that is charged by a wind turbine on campus. The vehicle, converted by engineering professor Dr. John Patten, can drive up to 40 miles on electricity before using any gas.

Another engineering success, WMU's solar car, Sunseeker, which competed in nine collegiate solar races since 1990 and twice placed in the top six, also will be available to view.

Other displays and events include:

  • Nursing students and physician assistants, who will take blood pressure and dispense information about hypertension
  • A replica of a Cirrus SR-20 plane
  • Findings from an archeological dig at Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century trading post in Niles, Mich.
  • A full-size racecar built by WMU's Formula Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Entertainment by music theatre performance students on the capitol steps

Full registration, including a free T-shirt, box lunch and optional bus transportation from Kalamazoo, ends Friday, May 8.

Contact

For more information, contact Donna Marks at donna.marks@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2072.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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