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Message from the President
German? Irish? Austrian? Like many Americans, I don’t know much about the origins of my ancestors. That will change in a few weeks’ time, when I get back my DNA results, as part of West Chester University’s new “One University, One Ancestry” project. Borough of West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta and I sat for DNA sampling in late July. Learn more about “One University, One Ancestry” and how you can participate.

(Pictured below from left, Borough of West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, Dr. Anita Foeman, Dr. Bessie Lawton, President Greg R. Weisenstein.)

DNA Project

WCU Creates New Ed.D. and Specialized M.S. Degrees 
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approved new programs at West Chester and seven other system universities. West Chester's two programs are the Doctor of Education in education policy, planning, and administration and the Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling. Like new programs at the other state universities, they were developed to meet the needs of both students and the economic drivers in the state economy, showing the universities' ability to adapt to those changing workforce needs. Click here to read more.

WCU Cornerstone

Cycling Across the U.S. for Affordable Housing 
James Vadas says he was about 14 or 15 when his grandfather (also named James Vadas) inspired him by competing in triathlons. Knowing how much his grandson liked cycling, he gave young James his first bike.

This summer, the younger James Vadas is combining his love of cycling and helping others by biking across America and stopping at pre-arranged communities to help build affordable housing. The rising WCU senior is cycling with 29 other college students from Providence, R.I., to Seattle, Wash., as part of the Bike and Build initiative, whose motto is "Pedaling for Affordable Housing." The 3,932-mile trip, which traverses 15 states in 77 days, began in Providence May 31.  Click here to read more about James' mission.

July Rambling James Vadas

Summer Graduate Open House;
WCU invites you to visit campus on Wednesday, August 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Sykes Student Union for an Open House, which will feature information on 70+ master's and certificate programs.  If you attend the Open House, you will receive a $50 application fee waiver for Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 applications. Online registration is now open!

Career Corner

Employers are already registering for Fall 2015 Events! Log-in to your Ram Career Network account to see who has signed-up to attend.  Please note: any alumni who graduated before fall 2013 should register for a new account on that page. All alumni are welcome to attend any of the following:

  • Meet the Firms Night: Thursday, September 3, 5:30-7:30pm (Accounting opportunities only), Sykes Ballrooms
  • Business and Communication Career Fair: Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Career Fair: Wednesday, October 14, 12:00-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms


WCU Alumni Spotlight

July 1, 2015 was the beginning of a new year for the WCU Alumni Association. Four new board members were elected to the board and a new executive committee was chosen.

Dean Gentekos, a 2007 graduate with a B.S. in Accounting, is your new WCU Alumni Association President! During his time at WCU, Dean was a member of the Friars' Society, Resident Assistant, and Orientation Leader. Currently, he is a manager in the Assurance department for a top 10 accounting firm. Click here to read a message from your new WCU Alumni Association President!

Dean G

Upcoming Events

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Survey

Congratulations to the Golden Rams Marching Band as they have been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We would like to know if you would be interested in taking a bus trip to NYC on Thanksgiving Day. The first 5 people to complete this survey will win a WCU giveaway. We appreciate your feedback!
Click here to take the survey.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

WCU Move-In Day Volunteers Needed!

Friday, August 21
Assist in welcoming students as they settle into their new home.  Join fellow alumni, staff, current students, and the rest of the campus community and show your support for your alma mater.  There is an opportunity for everyone, from greeting residents and their families, to helping unload cars.
Click here to learn more.

Alumni Night at the Phillies vs. Nationals Baseball Game
Saturday, September 26
Join WCU alumni and friends at the Phillies vs. Nationals baseball game at the Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.  Game time is 4:05 p.m. 
Click here to learn more.

Nationals Park

Family Fun Day at Linvilla Orchards
Sunday, October 4
Get ready for a fun, fall afternoon at Linvilla filled with all of your favorites: a hayride, pumpkin picking, face painting, apple cider, and more!
Click here to learn more.

2nd Annual Friends of the Newman Center Dinner
Friday, October 16
The Newman Center at WCU is a thriving, active center of prayer, learning and community outreach, and has been for over 40 years.  We'd like to continue all the good work that happens here.  To help in that effort, we are hosting our 2nd Annual Friends of the Newman Center Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  WCU alumni and friends are cordially invited to join us.
Click here to learn more.

Newman Center

Homecoming 2015
October 23-25

Homecoming 2014

Check out what else is going on at WCU:

WCU Visual & Performing Arts Events Calendar 

August WCU Events Calendar

WCU Athletics Calendar   

Trivia Time

Want to win this Rammy Bobblehead (you know you do!)?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to 

When is West Chester University's Homecoming 2015 scheduled to be held?

One winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries and announced in the next issue of the WCU Alumni Ramblings E-Newsletter. Here's a hint: check out the Upcoming Events section in this e-newsletter.

Congratulations to our June Trivia Winner: Shelley Safer '76– she received a WCU towel, hat and travel mug!  

Did You Know?

You can get 15% off your next purchase at the Ram Shop using the code below.  Happy shopping!

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