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University News

Message from the President
I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking the opportunity to visit the Mid-Atlantic region's cultural, historical, and recreational treasures. In your travels, you may have seen a lot of West Chester University lately - on buses, commuter rail posters and highway billboards.  Our "Learn More" marketing campaign has proven to be a highly effective way to spread the word about WCU's unparalleled quality and value.
 Click here to read more.

Learn More

International Study: Transformational Experiences
In just two years, the number of WCU students participating in international programs has more than doubled, in part because study abroad opportunities are now centralized under the University's Center for International Programs (CIP).  CIP manages the University's study abroad experiences in more than 50 countries, from short-term programs to semester and year-long programs. Click here to read more.

Summer Graduate Open House
WCU invites you to visit campus on Wednesday, August 13 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 2015 applications. Online registration is now open!

WCU Alumni Spotlight

Bryna Makowka ’04

She reached for the stars, and now she walks among them! Voted most likely to move to Hollywood in high school, WCU alumna Bryna Makowka ’04 pursued her passion, followed her dreams, and moved across the country to live and work in sunny California. She is currently employed as the Associate Publisher at GENLUX, a fashion and philanthropy-focused magazine.  The Alumni Office recently caught up with her to find out more about what she’s doing and how she got there – here's what she had to share!

Upcoming Events

You're Invited To...

WCU Athletics Golf Outing
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

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.

Nationals Park

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.


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.


WCU Alumni Night in Boston
Saturday, September 20
Join New England-area alumni and friends for fun and games at Jillian's Lucky Strike in Boston.  Enjoy refreshments while mixing and mingling with local Rams, and learn more about WCU's brand new Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter.
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.

WCU Alumni Night at Yards Brewing Co.
Thursday, October 2
Join WCU alumni and friends for a fun night at Yards Brewing!  We'll get to enjoy a tour, tasting, and appetizers. 
Click here to learn more.

Yards Brewing

WCU Alumni Night at Lancaster Brewing Co.

Thursday, October 2
Join alumni and friends for an exclusive evening at Lancaster Brewing Co.  We'll get to enjoy some of their best brews with tasty foods. 
Click here to learn more.

Lancaster Brewing Co.

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 for WCU students. 
Click here to learn more.

Newman Center

'Bring Your Own Grog' Pirate Cruise at the Baltimore Inner Harbor

Saturday, October 4
Join alumni and friends for a cruise around Baltimore's Inner Harbor while gulping down your favorite adult beverages! This hour long adventure will release your inner pirate with modern songs, dancing, games, and water cannons!
Click here to learn more.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Homecoming 2014

October 17-19

Check out what else is going on at WCU:

WCU Visual & Performing Arts Events Calendar 

August 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 Ram in China!

Mark Pennypacker

Mark Pennypacker, a 1982 West Chester University alumnus, just returned from leading a delegation of students to China.  The picture above was taken while Mark was in the water town of Wuzhen.  He currently teaches Earth Science and Biology at James Wood H.S. in Winchester, VA and Geography and Meteorology at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Trivia Time

Want to win this 34oz WCU Mug?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to

34oz WCU Mug

How many applications for the fall 2014 first year class (2,300 students) were received? 

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 July Trivia Winners: Mike Kelly '77, Lisa Ahrens '96 and Jean Flaherty '04 – each received a Rammy Bobblehead! 

Did You Know?

Upcoming Travel Opportunities!

Set sail to some of the most amazing places in the world!  The Pennsylvania State System Alumni and Friends Travel Program just announced destinations for 2015. Join alumni from all the PASSHE schools and travel to Costa Rica, Iceland and Fjords, Chateaux, Rivers and Wine, and Oahu Explorer and Hawaii, and much more!  Click here to view the entire list of trips for 2015 and the great deals that are offered.

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

Alumni Office
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2813  •