West Chester University Alumni Association
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Message from the President
President's Message
The holidays are over and a new year has begun. Here at West Chester University, there is much to look forward to in 2019, including the groundbreaking of our new Sciences and Engineering Center and the Commons, plus the launch of a new bachelor’s program in biomedical engineering this fall.

We always enjoy seeing our alumni return to campus and the Alumni Association has planned a number of special events for you and your families this year, including a Murder Mystery Dinner on February 8, Rammy’s Egg Hunt on April 13 and Alumni Weekend April 26-28.

More immediately, if you’re looking for something to do this January, look no further than your alma mater. Even now, in these quieter weeks between semesters, WCU continues to offer its students, alumni and the wider community a variety of ways to have fun and engage with others.

Learn about upcoming athletic and cultural events, as well an opportunity to participate in a service project, in this month’s #FirstFridayVideo. You can find the video on the far right side of my website: www.wcupa.edu/president.

Wishing you a Golden 2019!

Chris Fiorentino
President, West Chester University

Campus News


Mark your calendars to join WCU President Chris and Sue Fiorentino for dinner and dancing at the 36th Annual WCU Presidential Scholarship Community Gala on Saturday, March 30. Immerse yourself in the tastes and sounds of Barbados at one of the country’s most prestigious venues—Longwood Gardens—in support of West Chester University’s Presidential Scholarship. Help us chart the course for student success!

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WCU MLK Day of Service 2019
We invite you to join us to honor Dr. King's Legacy through service!

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, WCU’s Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs will be hosting two volunteer sessions of our annual no-sew fleece blanket-making service project in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Volunteer session #1: 12:30pm-2:00pm; Volunteer session #2: 2:30pm-4:00pm in Sykes Student Union Ballrooms. The no-sew blankets will be given to children and adults in need of some extra warmth and care at Chester County Hospital, Nemours A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, and Fleece for Keeps.

We encourage alumni and community members to volunteer! If you or your group would like to participate in this event, please complete the registration form.

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BIC 2018
7th Annual WCU Business Idea Competition
The WCU Business Idea Competition is hosted by the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic and The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. The Annual WCU Business Idea Competition promotes creativity, idea generation, and entrepreneurship by recognizing innovative ideas for new products, services, and technology.

Finalists in the competition will be invited to present at the WCU Business Idea Pitch on Wednesday, April 17th at the Alumni & Foundation Center. There are four tracks in the competition:
  • WCU Undergraduate Students
  • WCU Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff
  • Chester County Start Ups
  • Chester County High School Students

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Upcoming Events
WCU Alumni Dance Chapter Presents: Legends of Song & Dance  Join WCU alumni and friends at the Winter Dance Festival on January 19 at 8pm or January 20 at 2pm in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.  A benefit concert for the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship and other Chapter Dance Awards. More Info »
Murder Mystery Dinner - “Lights, Camera, Murder!”  Join WCU alumni and friends for a fun-filled night of murder mystery theatre! Watch as the drama unfolds before your eyes over dinner. More Info »
Dinner and WCU Live! Show: Married to Broadway Looking for a unique Valentine’s Gift? Ron Sharpe & Barbra Russell first met when they were playing the young romantic leads of Marius and Cosette in “Les Misérables” on Broadway. The story they often tell is that after being married on stage hundreds of times, they decided to do it for real. Ron and Barbra (together with one or two of their fabulous and equally talented Broadway leading actors and actresses) share their love affair with the great music of the Great White Way, performing the big show stopping numbers that are audience favorites around the world -- from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, and West Side Story, to Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, and – of course – Les Miz. More Info »
A Night in Venice Join us for a fun night in Venice, FL with wine, beer and specialty items cooked by fellow alumni from the Class of 2000, Jeff and Andrea Cupano. More Info »
Phillies Spring Training Game The beautiful weather, the ice cold drinks at Frenchy’s, the anticipation of the season to come... and, of course, THE PHANS! Nothing says springtime like Phillies Spring Training in Clearwater, FL! Make your plans now to join WCU alumni and friends for this fun-filled weekend! Cheer on the fightin’ Phils as they crush the Houston Astros! More Info »
9th Annual Sarasota Polo Tailgate Join us for a fun-filled tailgate before and during the polo match, right off of the sidelines. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the match starts at 1 p.m. This is a great get-together and all West Chester University alumni and friends are welcome to attend this event.  More Info »
Alumni Weekend 2019 - SAVE THE DATE! Every year during Alumni Weekend, campus comes alive as alumni, friends and families return to WCU. During the three days of activities, alumni can choose from over a dozen events, including the Friday Night Kickoff Party, Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony, Planetarium Show, Spring Football Game, Service Project and more! More details to come!
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Alumni Spotlight
Pat Gallen
The Alumni Office recently caught up with Pat Gallen '07, who earned a degree in Communication Studies from WCU. Pat is a CBS3 reporter/anchor. In this role, he is on the morning newscast, Eyewitness News This Morning. He also does everything from sports anchoring and reporting, to feature segments, to filling in on traffic reports, and more recently, anchoring news for the first time in his career.

Click here to read more about Pat, including his career path, favorite memory from his time as a student, and how he ended up at WCU!

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

We all know WCU's main campus is located in West Chester, PA - but what major city is home to a satellite campus of WCU?  

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 December Trivia Winners: Marisol Padilla '09, Joe Kienle '72 M'74 and Jaclyn (Sparacino) Kasper '07 – each received a WCU ornament!
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