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As Western Michigan University opens the doors of its new Alumni Center this weekend, the school’s founding has been given a second look. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The Western Michigan University Alumni Center, at WMU's original home atop Prospect Hill, is on track to open in October. In recent weeks, the portico on East Hall has been painted. Scaffolding is starting to come down, and crews have been laying sidewalks that will connect the grounds between North Hall and East Hall, said Renee Pearl, director of engagement in WMU's Office of Development and Alumni Relations."

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Many know that Western Michigan University began as a school for teachers. But it didn’t just train adults.

The university will turn the remaining part of East Hall into a new alumni center; other parts of the property will be converted into green space.

Crews expect to have demolition work done by the end of August