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Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Jane Pauley to Speak at WCU
President Weisenstein created the President’s Speaker’s Series to give the WCU community the opportunity to listen to, and learn from, extraordinary public figures. Last year, in its inaugural season, the series featured Bob Woodward and Cokie Roberts. This year, Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and journalist Jane Pauley are coming to campus.
 Click here to read more.
(Pictured below is Cokie Roberts and President Greg Weisenstein.)

Cokie Roberts

New Student Orientation Being Held This Summer
Do you remember your orientation? All incoming students are required to attend the two-part orientation program prior to the Fall semester.  These programs allow first-year students to become more familiar with campus and have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates!  Click here to read more.
(Pictured below are students during New Student Orientation.  Photo was taken by the WCU Web Team.)

New Student Orientation

WCU 2014 Football Schedule Now Posted!
Only two months until the season kicks off!  Click here to view the schedule or for more info. 


WCU Alumni Spotlight

Joann Mercer

Joann Amadio Mercer, a 1975 graduate of West Chester University, can trace her roots back 50 years to her grandmother, May Brennan, a 1925 graduate. May left a priceless scrapbook filled with concert leaflets, lecture notices, football schedules, the actual menu from the 1925 Alumni Banquet held at the Bellevue-Stratford, and even the pamphlet for the “Breaking of Ground for Philips Memorial Auditorium” on May 30, 1925. Even though Joann’s family does not have her physical yearbook, Joann accessed it online using the WCU digitized archived yearbooks site. Other relatives who attended WCU include her son, brother, nephew, aunt, and cousin. Joann recently returned to her alma mater in April when she and her sister placed 2nd in the SCORE division for the 2nd Annual WCU Business Idea Pitch. (The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides FREE expert mentoring services). After retiring from a career in training and development at AstraZeneca, Joann used her culinary and training skills to create – a weight loss program that will soon combine healthy cooking and social dance components.  Joann continues to grow her roots at WCU, and frequently enlists the expertise of interns. She recently hired Chase Valdiserri - “intern turned 2014 grad” - to film her and her husband’s 60th birthday party. Joann hopes that her 2 grandchildren will be members of the 2029 and 2033 graduating classes!


Upcoming Events

You're Invited To...

WCU Athletics Golf Outings
July 14 - Vonnie Gros Field Hockey Golf Outing at Penn Oaks, 1 p.m. start
July 28 - Football Quarterback Classic Outing at Penn Oaks, 12 p.m. start
August 4 - Golden Ram Golf Team Invitational at Penn Oaks, 1 p.m. start
September 15 - Diamond Scramble Baseball Outing at Penn Oaks, 1 p.m. start

For more info or to register, contact Kelly Erisman at

Golf Outing

29th Annual Criterions Alumni Reunion Concert
Thursday, July 17
The concert will be held in the Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, Philips Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Rehearsals will be held July 16th and 17th.  For more information on the reunion or the concert, email Lee Southall:

7th Annual Rams in the Sand
Saturday, July 26
This year's Rams in the Sand event will be held at The Ocean Drive (OD) in Sea Isle City, NJ.  Join WCU alumni and friends for an afternoon of food, fun, giveaways, and memories shore to last a lifetime!
Click here to learn more.

The OD

WCU Move-In Day Volunteers Needed!
Friday, August 22
Assist in welcoming students as they settle into their new home.  Join the Arrival Survival Team 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.

Move-In Day 2014

Alumni Night at the Phillies vs. Nationals Baseball Game
Saturday, September 6
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.

Phillies vs. Nationals

Alumni Day at the Philadelphia Union Soccer Game
Saturday, September 13
Join WCU alumni and friends at PPL Park as the Philadelphia Union take on Eastern Conference Rival New York Red Bulls.  Tickets include a 90 minute Pre-Game Deck Party prior to kickoff at 3:00 p.m. 
Click here to learn more.

PPL Park

Law Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fundraiser
Saturday, September 20
Help raise money for the Chapter's scholarship fund while joining fellow WCU alumni, friends, and community members for an open bar, food, and door prizes at Barnaby's of West Chester. 
Click here to learn more.


Family Fun Day at Linvilla Orchards
Sunday, September 28
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.

1st Annual Friends of the Newman Center Dinner

Thursday, October 2
Join alumni and friends and support the Newman Center at its 1st Annual Friends of the Newman Center Dinner at the Desmond Hotel.  Your support will assist with the continuation of the ministry to WCU students. 
Click here to learn more.

Newman Center

Homecoming 2014
October 17-19

Check out what else is going on at WCU:


WCU Visual & Performing Arts Events Calendar 

July WCU Events Calendar
WCU Athletics Calendar 

Summer Fun

Where in the World Are You?
What are you doing this summer? Going on vacation? Heading to an amusement park? Hiking in the mountains? Take a picture of whatever fun activity you do this summer and email it to the Alumni Office ( – you could win a cool prize and be featured on the alumni website and facebook page! 

WCU Rams in Tokyo!


While in Japan this summer on a Fulbright Scholarship, Angela Howard '96 (Assistant Director of International Studies at West Chester University) met up with WCU alumnus/Tokyo resident Jorge Leon '81 and his family. Angela and Leon are pictured in front of the main crosswalk in Ginza.

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 2014 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 Winners: Michael Willard '03, and Amy Perrone '85 – each received a set of Alumni Mugs! 

Did You Know?

The WCU Live! Series presents the best of touring international artists in a variety of performances ranging from dance, music and theatre as well as family productions. Some of this year’s shows include nationally and internationally acclaimed artists such as Celtic rock group Gaelic Storm, hip-hop violin duo and SXSW favorite Black Violin, and the hilarious rescued pet acrobatics of Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. Also featured this year are several regionally recognized talents, including indie-salsa crossover band Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, gospel-rock crossover band Vertical Current, and Irish fiddler Brian Conway. WCU Live! is proud to offer something for every member of the family to enjoy – be sure to check out the full season lineup! Tickets go on sale August 4th!

WCU Live!

West Chester University Alumni Association • 610-436-2813 •

West Chester University Alumni Association
806 S. Church Street, West Chester, PA 19383
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