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Staffers paint the Capitol brown and gold

May 22, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University staff were among the more than 100 volunteers to participate in Capitol Flowering Plant Day May 19 on the front lawn of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing.

The University donated 20 Rudbeckia Goldsturm, or Brown-Eyed Susan plants, a flower prevalent on campus that symbolizes the school's colors of brown and gold. The WMU flowers were part of a total 22,000 plants in beds by the Capitol and along the front lawn walkway. This is the first year WMU has participated in the planting event which has occurred at the Capitol the past 16 years. The Brown-Eyed Susans are on both sides of the Capitol steps and in a bed by the north dock. The beds are marked with signs that are brown with a gold "W."

They will be visible when hundreds of participants flock to the Capitol grounds Wednesday, May 27, for the University's WMU Day at the Capitol. More than 800 have registered to demonstrate and celebrate the success and contributions of the University with hands-on exhibits and music performances throughout the day on the front lawn.

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

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

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