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Upon completion of Miami University's $8 million-plus project, Presser Hall now houses the Department of Music, with the auditorium having been transformed into rehearsal spaces for orchestra and vocal groups. Returning alums and guests are invited to tour the renovated building at Reunion 2009: Saturday, June 20, 5 p.m. 

Every spring Patterson Place and Kumler Chapel figure prominently in the Western Program's graduation festivities. Seniors attend a champagne reception on the Patterson porch after their graduation rehearsal on Friday. Their graduation ceremony is held in Kumler on Saturday night. Western College traditions and WCAA awards also have a part in both events.

Renovation was necessary to update building materials for roofing and windows, as well as to expand the space for the music department -- not to mention, paint was peeling, the roof was leaking, and there were animals in the attic!

Betty Sipe Gerber '52 (right) presents Priyanka Chandrasekaran '09 with the Wallace award for "Best Exemplifying the Cooperative Spirit of the Senior Workshop" at the Western graduation.
Built in 1930, "award-worthy and historic" Presser Hall posed challenges for the construction firm in charge, but renovation was completed and the dedication -- complete with ribbon-cutting -- took place October 23 in an event called "Presser Palooza." Karen Gotter '09, voted "Most Representative of the Western Spirit" by classmates, wears the honorary Western academic regalia (donated by Betty Ann Koons Miller '32) at Miami's commencement. An added touch this year: WESTERN stoles, which some WCP grads further customized.

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