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More than 800 registered for WMU Day at the Capitol

May 13, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Registration for Western Michigan University's second annual WMU Day at the Capitol has topped its inaugural year, with 851 students, faculty, staff and friends of the University signing up for the event Wednesday, May 27.

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Participants will convene from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the state Capitol in Lansing. WMU Day at the Capitol will feature interactive and hands-on exhibits and musical performances showcasing the talents and success of WMU students, faculty and staff.

More than 30 exhibits and activities are planned for the day. Some highlights are offered below.

WMU Day exhibits and activities

  • Fine Arts student performances on the steps of the Capitol building
  • 2004 hybrid vehicle converted to a plug-in hybrid that goes 40 miles before using any gasoline
  • Flexible electronic circuitry printed on paper
  • Geological core samples for carbon sequestration
  • Tour the Capitol building
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle and advanced UAV technology
  • Biofeedback technology
  • Fashion design by MODA students
  • Cirrus SR22 aircraft like the ones used by Sky Broncos
  • Formula race car built by SAE students
  • Cheer contest, Fight Song and Alma Mater
  • Fort St. Joseph archeological artifacts
  • Blood pressure testing and information about hypertension
  • Robo Bronco, a walking, talking high-tech robotic version of Buster Bronco
  • Sunseeker solar race car
  • Concrete canoe built by engineering students
  • Overview of campus sustainability practices including a small wind turbine display
  • Popcorn, face stickers, bean bag toss, frisbee

Organizers of WMU Day at the Capitol say the purpose of the event is to engage legislators and policymakers on the importance of WMU and the contributions the University makes in providing an educated workforce and advancing the state's economic development.

WMU is the first university to have a front-lawn Capitol presence for such a broad spectrum of programs and groups, including those from its main Kalamazoo campus and its eight regional sites across the state. Fewer than 800 participates registered last year for the event.


For more information, visit WMU Day at the Capitol online, or 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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