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Campus News

Message from the Interim President
This year’s State of the University Address, which was held Sept. 15, took the format of a community conversation. Faculty, staff and students from all across campus shared their personal stories or information about their department or unit. We discussed campus climate, facility plans, efforts to close the equity gap, graduate education, distributed leadership and more. We talked not only about West Chester University’s many strengths but also about challenges facing this institution. Click here to read more.

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West Chester Is a "Best College Town"
The Borough of West Chester has been named one of the top 50 college towns in the United States, according to the website CollegeRank.net. Coming in at #33, West Chester was chosen based on interviews with students, alumni, and travel and tourism professionals. Click here to read more

U.S. News Places WCU Among the Top Schools on Four Lists
U.S. News & World Report has released their 2017 college rankings, placing West Chester University at #16 on their list of Top Public Schools (North) and #61 among all Regional Universities North. WCU also ranks #35 in Best Colleges for Veterans.

West Chester is also included on the U.S. News list of 32 "A+ Schools for B Students" in Regional Universities North. Appearance on this list was determined by the colleges’ numerical ranking in the top three-fourths of their 2017 Best Colleges ranking categories and by where first-year students had placed in their high school class, as well as freshman retention rate (2011 – 2014). Click here to read more. 

Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2016
October 21-23


Reconnect with all things WCU during Homecoming Weekend, October 21-23! From football and friends to favorite campus places, remember your West Chester glory days and be a part of WCU history!

Some of the weekend events include our Friday Night Kickoff Party, Homecoming Parade, Campus Tours, a NEW! Pre-Game Food Truck Festival at the R Lot, and many Reunions on and off campus! Events are open to all WCU Alumni and Friends! Click here for the entire schedule of events and to register!!

D.C. Alumni Chapter Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 29

Can't make it to West Chester for Homecoming this year? Come out and celebrate with WCU alumni and friends at the Winery at Bull Run! Click here to learn more.

Friendsgiving at Levante Brewing and Barnaby's Havertown
Tuesday, November 15

Levante Brewing Company    Barnaby's

Join WCU alumni and friends for the second annual Friendsgiving and food drive! This year, we’ll be hosting our alumni night at two locations: Levante Brewing (Chester County) and Barnaby’s in Havertown (Delaware County). Bring your nonperishable food items and let’s see which location brings in the most!  All donations at Levante will benefit the Chester County Food Bank and donations at Barnaby’s will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County. Click here to learn more.

Dinner and Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway
Friday, November 18

Join WCU alumni and friends for dinner and a show! Composer and lyricist Neil Berg presents his widely acclaimed 100 Years of Broadway, a musical revue of Broadway's most celebrated shows. Featuring a dazzling cast of real Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band, Berg's show recreates some of the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. Click here to learn more.

Hanging the Greens
Saturday, November 19

Chamber of Commerce

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce needs your help in getting West Chester ready for the Holiday Season!  Whether you’re a resident, student, or with a company/organization, please volunteer part of your Saturday.  Enjoy the camaraderie of decorating West Chester, with pine greens and bows downtown. Click here to learn more.

An Evening with Santa
Thursday, December 8


Before making his big trip around the world, Santa is stopping by WCU! The evening will include a delicious dinner, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, and much more! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Click here to learn more.

Check out what else is going on at WCU:

WCU Campus Calendar

WCU Arts & Humanities Events Calendar

WCU Athletics Calendar

Alumni Spotlight

The Alumni Office recently caught up with WCU alumna Brigid Gallagher, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic and Interactive Design in 2012. Brigid currently serves as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veterans House, which is a non-profit housing facility for homeless veterans and their families.  Brigid also recently won the Rose of Tralee Competition. Click here to read more about Brigid, including her path to winning the title of 2016 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee, favorite memory from her time as a student, and how she ended up at WCU!

Career Corner

Upcoming Events:
STEM Career Fair
Wednesday, October 12 from 12:00-2:30
Sykes Ballroom
- Professional dress required. Bring copies of resume.
- Drop-in hours for the Career Development Center are Monday through Friday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- No appointment needed, come in for a 15 minute session!
- We strongly recommend that you bring a draft with you so we can provide you with the most useful feedback.
** Can’t make drop-in hours? Schedule an appointment or email your resume to cdc@wcupa.edu
- Interested in connecting with current WCU students? The Alumni Relations Office and Career Center are now seeking alumni to host sophomore students for a day long job shadowing experience. Contact Benjamin Kay, bkay@wcupa.edu or click here for more information.

Trivia Time

Want to win this adorable Rammy stuffed animal?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to alumni@wcupa.edu: 

Can you name three events taking place during Homecoming Weekend?

One winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries and announced in the next issue of the WCU Alumni Ramblings E-Newsletter.

Congratulations to our September Trivia Winners: Alli Gatta '16 and Kyle Rheiner '06 – each received a Ram Bottle Bank!

Did You Know?

The WCU Alumni Association has a Service Committee comprised of alumni volunteers?  Each year, alumni from all over volunteer to serve the University.  The Service Committee is looking for new organizations to support and for volunteers to assist with these efforts.  Click here to view the upcoming volunteer opportunities or contact the Alumni Office to discuss your interests and explore potential opportunities to be of service to a department, program, the Alumni Association, or your local chapter.

Hanging the Greens

West Chester University Alumni Association
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Alumni Office
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2813  •  alumni@wcupa.edu