Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Ed and Kathy Langenburg know full well what a Central Michigan education did for them.
It's why, nearly five decades after earning their respective degrees, they continue their ardent support of academics and athletics.
"We've watched this place grow so much," said Kathy. "When we started in the early '60s we'd sit in the bleachers at Alumni Field."
The Langenburgs were among the crowd of 100-plus 1100 Club members who got an insider's look Saturday as coach Dan Enos' CMU football team scrimmaged at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
After the scrimmage, club members, student-athletes and coaches attended a luncheon in the stadium concourse.
"We love it here, it's a home away from home," Kathy said.
The Langenburgs make their home in Bay City, less than an hour's drive from Mount Pleasant. They will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, one day before the Chippewas play at Purdue.
The couple says they will skip the trip to West Lafayette, Ind., in order to celebrate their anniversary. But they will be there when CMU opens the season on Aug. 28 at Kelly/Shorts against Chattanooga, just as they have been for most CMU home games for decades.
Kathy graduated from CMU in 1964 and went on to teach high school mathematics. Ed graduated in '66 and also made his career in education, first as a teacher/coach, then as a counselor and, finally, as an administrator.
"It means a lot to me," Ed said, reflecting on the opportunity he received coming out of high school to attend CMU on a partial wrestling scholarship, "because it really set me up in a career. There were nine children in my family and only one went to college, and that was me. Central Michigan helped me and now I like to help others."
The Langenburgs have actively supported the university both educationally and athletically over the years. Their contributions are myriad, a scholarship endowment for mathematics education students and charter membership of the 1100 Club just the tip of the iceberg.
"We really like the institution, we like what it stands for," Kathy said. "I loved the time I had here."
"The staff here makes us feel very welcome," Ed said. "It's almost like coming home, going back to your hometown."
The 1100 Club is a group of Chippewa football supporters that began in 2007. Club membership has grown to nearly 200.