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Message from the President
Recently, I spent an evening at Merrymead Farms in Lansdale, enjoying some hand-dipped ice cream as I socialized with both newly minted and seasoned Golden Rams. The occasion was the First-Year Send Off, which gives alumni an opportunity to welcome first-year and transfer students and their families into the WCU family.

This is the third year that the Alumni Association has been hosting these ice cream socials and Association director Debbie Cornell Naughton reports that they have proven popular with both students and alumni.

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New Student Pilot Program: First Year Experience

Would you consider giving back to WCU by volunteering to be interviewed by a student?

We are conducting a pilot program this Fall, called First Year Experience (FYE) which is a new, semester-long course for incoming WCU students.

The objective of the course is to set up new students for success in college and help them build relationships needed for a great education and career. We are looking for WCU alumni who are willing to be interviewed by FYE students, one-on-one, during the fall semester. Interviews take place in-person or by phone and will last about 30 minutes.

To complete the survey,  click here.

Questions? Please contact
Dr. Johnna Capitano at jcapitano@wcupa.edu.

Saxbys Partners with West Chester University to Introduce a Brand New Experiential Learning Cafe

Home-grown coffee and hospitality company, Saxbys, and West Chester University are bringing their innovative Experiential Learning Program (ELP) to the institution’s main campus with a brand-new, exclusively student-run cafe, opening at 7 AM on Monday, August 6, at 701 South High Street in West Chester.

Saxbys first introduced its ELP initiative in 2015 to embolden the next generation of entrepreneurs, providing undergraduate students with tangible experience as a supplement to traditional classroom learning, and further supporting the brand’s core mission to “Make Life Better” in the communities it serves. WCU is the sixth cafe location and fifth partner institution in Pennsylvania to offer the program.

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Chester County Freshmen Send-offYou and your family are cordially invited to a FREE ice cream social to welcome the newest members of the WCU family at the Freshman Send-Off! Join the incoming class, their families, and WCU alumni for a special send-off reception that will foster friendships and connections before the school year even begins!
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Baltimore Alumni at Aberdeen Ironbirds GameJoin the Baltimore Alumni Chapter at their annual meeting hosted at Ripken Stadium. Enjoy watching the Aberdeen IronBirds take on the Vermont Lake Monsters and a fireworks display to close out the night.
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Chester County Alumni Service PicnicCome out and join your fellow alumni and our Chester County Alumni Chapter at the First Annual Service Picnic! All donations benefitting the WCU Campus Resource Pantry.
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Homecoming 2018 - SAVE-THE-DATE! More details to come!
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Alumni Spotlight
On April 28, 2018, the Alumni Association Awards Committee presented Susan Weldon ’86, with the WCUAA Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented to WCU graduates who have provided a great service to society, received outstanding acknowledgement in their profession, and positively affected a large number of people. Click here to read more about Susan!

Pictured below is Matt Holliday ’09 (WCUAA Past President), Susan Weldon ’86, Sandra Thielz, and Christopher Fiorentino (President of WCU).

Ronald Demkee ’65, M’70
Trivia Time
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It's almost Back to School! Want to win this WCU padfolio?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to alumni@wcupa.edu:

How can alumni volunteer for the First Year Experience? 

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: Greg Barber '79, Dana Parish Granieri '86, and Janene Groff '97 – each received a WCU t-shirt!
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