The presence of a medical school enhances the academic reputation of the university as a whole. From the sciences to humanities, every program is impacted in a positive way when affiliated with a medical school. Research that is performed at the medical school will carry the name of Western Michigan University and will bring awareness of excellence at a national and international level. Deb and I, as WMU alumni, have always believed that Western Michigan University provided a firm undergraduate foundation for future success and having a medical school association will affirm that opinion and allow WMU to better compete on a regional and national level. We are proud to be able to help in any way to give back to the school that provided the foundation and opportunities to us and to our family.