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Transformation of Bernhard Center takes next step

Sept. 20, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Much of the main floor of the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University was completely renovated this summer as part of ongoing efforts to create a building that can better serve as a welcoming center for visitors and the hub of student activities and campus life.

Photo of Bernhard Center entrance."The University is committed to transforming the Bernhard Center into a 'true' student union, one that serves as the living room of WMU, and we continue to welcome the involvement of students in the entire process," says Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs.

New entryways, updated decor, restrooms, comfortable seating areas and an LCD information display are the latest visible improvements. A centrally located WMU seal on the lobby floor and rich gold and brown tones emphasize the University identity while a natural palette and organic lines give the space a modern look.

The improved student lounge has varied functional and comfortable furnishings to accommodate many uses. There are circular modular seating arrangements with TVs and other types of lounge seating, as well as tables and chairs for studying and group projects.

Renovations were completed in August. The overhaul was designed after extensive research with student focus groups and is intended to encourage student involvement.

Less than one year ago, offices for Student Activities and Leadership Programs moved from Faunce Student Services Building to the Bernhard Center, and the new Student Organization Center opened on the building's main floor.

The Bernhard Center is located at the center of West Campus and serves as WMU's student union, as well as a key site for holding major public events. Dedicated in 1957, the 239,464-square-foot building contains such facilities and services as a computer lab, commercial stores, eateries, 23 large and small meeting rooms, and Registered Student Organization offices.

For more information, visit www.wmich.edu/bernhard or contact Diane Anderson at diane.anderson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2152.

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

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