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new gallery as yet another con- tribution to EMU’s positive momen- tum in recent years with steady enrollment growth, low or no annual tuition increases, a new Student Center and many other campus improvements. “Eastern has this phenomenal history


that people don’t know. It just has this incredible history,” Barry said. “I think that if people understand all the history, they’re going to love this place as much as Randy and I do.” Kraſt credits Vice President for Opera-


tions and Facilities John Donegan and his team for remodeling the space for the gal- lery and refurbishing the old bell. Now it’s up to the commitee to determine the con- tents, how oſten they are rotated, hours of operation and other policies. Te gallery’s exterior wall is entirely glass, so many of the artifacts can be viewed even when the gallery is closed.


Barry says alumni of his era—


he received his undergraduate degree from EMU in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1973—will know where to find the new gallery if they hear what used to be there. Barry recalls many a day when he stopped in and grabbed something to eat and drink at what was then known as Pumpernickel’s Deli. Te eatery closed years ago and the new Student Center that opened across campus in 2006, made McKenny a less busy place. Now it’s making a comeback with the new gallery, a refurbished student lounge/study area and other improve-


ments. Also part of the initiative, Kraſt says, is that


EMU’s Alumni Relations office will be moved to McKenny in coming months, part of an overall effort to re-energize the University’s ties to its alumni. For more information on the new gal-


lery or to inquire about sharing historical items, send an email to mckennygallery@ emich.edu. 3


—Lynn Monson


Eastern | FALL 2013 13


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