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Campus News

Message from the President
Josh Braid got behind the wheel of a John Deere 310SK backhoe at 9 p.m. on Jan. 22 and, except for periodic catnaps in a makeshift “dormitory” at WCU’s Facilities Building, didn’t get out of that backhoe until almost midnight on Jan. 25. Click here to read more!

Blizzard of 2016

WCU Makes U.S. News' Top Colleges List for Online MBA
For the first time, West Chester University is included in U.S. News’ top 100 Best Online Programs for its online MBA program. U.S. News based their evaluation of online MBA programs on four criteria: faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, and admissions selectivity. In his blog, the company’s chief data strategist Robert Morse explains the methodologies and analysis, noting that U.S. News’ rankings are “based on data specific to schools’ distance education degree programs,” rather than on federal government data alone. More than 1,200 distance education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields are cataloged in the 2016 directory. Click here to read more.

Chris Fiorentino Appointed Interim President
The State System Board of Governors has appointed Christopher M. Fiorentino, West Chester vice president for external operations, as the University’s interim president effective April 1. Fiorentino has served in his current position since 2013 and previously spent a decade as dean of WCU’s College of Business and Public Affairs. His selection was made in consultation with WCU Council of Trustees Chair Thomas A. Fillippo. Click here to read more.

Chris Fiorentino

WCU Again Among Kiplinger's 100 Best Values in Public Universities
West Chester University is one of only three public institutions in the Commonwealth to be named to the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Click here to read more.

WCUAA Logo Contest
The West Chester University Alumni Association is looking for creative alumni to participate in the 2016 WCUAA logo design contest. WCUAA alumni are invited to submit up to two original logos. The winner will receive $250! Click here for more info.

Upcoming Events

Dinner and WCU Live Show - FLY Dance Company
Friday, February 12

FLY Dance Company

Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY Dance Company crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. FLY is known for its high-energy performances with clever staging to a variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, hip-hop, experimental, drumming, and live sound effects. Click here to learn more.

Chester County Chapter at Levante Brewery
Wednesday, February 17


Join WCU alumni friends and friends for a fun night out at Levante Brewery on Wednesday, February 17!  Click here for more info.

Family Fun at Pinball Gallery in Malvern
Sunday, February 21

Pinball Gallery

Join WCU alumni and friends for a day of family fun at Pinball Gallery in Malvern, PA.  We reserved the Pinball Gallery for a private party just for us!  Click here for more info.

Dinner & an Evening of Traditional Irish Music with Brian Conway
Friday, March 4

Brian Conway

Brian Conway, premier Irish-American fiddler, performs with skill, grace, and force
that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Well known in the Irish/Celtic community, Conway has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. Nothing is missed or missing in Brian Conway's Sligo-style fiddling. Click here to learn more.

WCU Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, March 18

Murder Mystery Dinner

Join WCU alumni and friends for a fun-filled night of murder mystery theatre!  Become a member in the show, or watch as the drama unfolds before your eyes over dinner. Click here to learn more.

Phillies Spring Training Alumni Events in Clearwater, FL
March 19-20

Spring Training 2015

Join WCU alumni and friends for a fun-filled weekend in Clearwater, Florida!  We'll start the weekend with a Sunset Happy Hour on Saturday, followed by the Phillies vs. Astros baseball game on Sunday. Click here to learn more.

Alumni Weekend 2016

Alumni Weekend

Check out what else is going on at WCU:

WCU Campus Calendar

WCU Visual & Performing Arts Events Calendar

WCU Athletics Calendar

WCU Alumni Spotlight

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch was held on January 21, 2016 in Sykes Student Union.  Kia Butler '00 and James Williams '59 each received the Drum Major for Justice Award.  This award is given to WCU Alumni who, through their personal and/or professional efforts have exemplified themselves as pillars of the community. They are men and women who are role models, leaders in their field and actively involved in improving the world around them.  Click here to read more about Kia and Jim!

2016 Award Winners

Career Corner

All alumni are welcome to attend the SPRING CAREER FAIR on February 24, 2016 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms. There are already 67 registered employers who want to share their company’s positions from a variety of fields. Thinking of how to prepare for the fair?

  • Log-in to the Ram Career Network (RCN) for the full list and descriptions of companies.
  • Get your resume reviewed by the Career Development Center.
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills and elevator pitch.
Trivia Time

Want to win this WCU scarf?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to alumni@wcupa.edu: 


How many of the United States do WCU alumni live in?

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 January Trivia Winners: Damian Miller '90 and Sarah Lauck '06 – both received a WCU blanket!

Did You Know?

Liberty Mutual has partnered with West Chester University Alumni Association to offer alumni exclusive savings on quality auto insurance. They also offer discounts such as Multi-Car that could save you even more.* In PA, call Christina Oakes at 888-443-7543 x53047. Elsewhere, call 800-524-9400 or visit Liberty Mutual to get a free quote.

*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Liberty Mutual

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West Chester University
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