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From its humble beginnings in 1903 as a teachers college through its transition to a global public research institution, Western Michigan University has called Kalamazoo its home. The University’s location did not happen by accident, it was the community’s vision for and commitment to education that brought the new school to Kalamazoo. The University’s original building—a highly visible landmark atop Prospect Hill—was erected to represent the integral ties between a proud community and its school.

Today, Prospect Hill is undergoing a renewal that when complete will reaffirm the special and unique relationship between the citizens of Kalamazoo and WMU. The WMU Alumni Center project is committed to preserving and transforming the University’s birthplace into a facility that serves both the campus and community