Contact: Deanne Puca
KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Cheer on Bronco football as Western Michigan University reunion week begins Sunday October 10 until the match on Saturday October 16. Organizations and academic units gather on campus to welcome alumni, recognize award winners, and hold special pre-game hatches to prepare for the annual return match, which will pit WMU against the Golden Flashes of the Kent State University at 3:30 p.m. on October 16. The WMU Bookstore also offers discounts to alumni during Reunion Weekend.
Details on most student and alumni return activities as well as various other events are posted on the campus events calendar. These events include:
Sunday October 10
Monday, October 11
Tuesday, October 12
The Alumni Celebration Part 1 will recognize Charles Zhang, MA 91, founder and CEO of Zhang Financial in Portage, Michigan. The virtual award ceremony will be available on 7:00 p.m. More details and link to video when available.
Wednesday October 13
Dining Services welcomes a tailgate of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Valley Dining Center and Henry Grab’n Go will serve a variety of favorites.
Alumni Celebration Part 2 will recognize Daniel witt, BBA ’83, President and Director of the International Tax and Investment Center in Washington, DC The virtual award presentation will be available at 7:00 p.m. More details and link to video when available.
Thursday October 14
Alumni Celebration Part 3 will recognize Diane sieger, BA ’73, president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The virtual award ceremony will be available for viewing at 7 p.m. More details and link to video when available.
A Homecoming Carnival takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the place Sangran. There will be carnival food, games and entertainment. This is a free, student-focused event open to the public.
Discussion “A Message to Black College Students” with the author, alumnus Jer juan howard, BA ’20, is planned for 6:00 p.m. in the Meader room of the Waldo library. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Friday October 15th
El Grito, an event for Hispanic Heritage Month, will include food, dance performances, music and a fashion show and will begin to 6:00 p.m. at Miller Plaza. The free and open event is sponsored by the Latin Student Alliance, the Western Student Association and the Campus Activities Board.
The Haworth College of Business awards ceremony takes place at 4:00 p.m. at 2150, room Schneider. Alumni and friends of the college will be honored for their outstanding professional and service accomplishments, for representing the values of Haworth College of Business, and for being an inspiration and example to students. Learn more about the 2021 recipients.
The Golden Apple and Keystone awards ceremony is at 5:00 p.m. at the Fetzer Center. Find more information about the recipients and sign up.
Saturday October 16
Alumni Homecoming Tailgate is open from noon to 3 p.m. at Heritage Hall Parking Lot 1. Join your fellow Broncos for the afternoon with shows, games and great food before heading to the return game. The tailgate is hosted by the Association of former students of the UMM. Ticket sales are closed; pedestrians cannot be accepted.
WMU Broncos v Kent State University at 3:30 p.m. at Waldo Stadium. Match tickets can be purchased from the Bronco ticket office or by calling (888) 496-8849.
Discount for alumni of the WMU bookstore
Take advantage of an exclusive alumni discount program at the WMU Bookstore at the Bernhard Center during Reunion Week. Alumni are eligible to receive 20% off using a promo code with purchases. To receive the promo by email, submit your email and use the code BroncoAlumni2021.
Additionally, alumni are encouraged to visit wmich.edu/bookstore or call (269) 387-3930 to confirm eligibility and verify special weekend hours.
For more WMU news, arts and events, visit WMU News.