We're halfway through the spring semester and are as busy as ever.
West Chester University Ramblings Alumni Association Newsletter
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Message from the President
150 Most Influential Women of WCU

We're halfway through the spring semester and are as busy as ever. March is a time for all of us to reflect on Women's History Month. We have been fortunate to have countless women make West Chester University the fine institution that it is today. In 2021, the President's Commission on the Status of Women took on the monumental task of trying to feature just 150 of those women to align with the University's sesquicentennial celebrations. Their efforts can still be found online and I invite you to explore the project. You can also visit the commemorative plaque at its permanent home in the Center for Women and Gender Equity in Lawrence Hall. Last year, the plaque toured campus, including stops at the WCU Foundation and Tanglewood.

Looking ahead, Alumni Weekend is set for April 19th through 21st. This year, more exciting events have been planned for your enjoyment. Join us for the Spring Football Game and the Kick-Off Party before it. We'll also have a historical walking tour of campus, which will give everyone a chance to revisit cherished landmarks and memories.

President Christopher M. Fiorentino

Campus News
WCU Basketball Player with Parents
Special Surprise Visit from Jamaica for WCU Senior Basketball Player
Senior WCU basketball player Jordan Kellier received a special surprise visit during his Senior Day basketball game. Thanks to Coach Damien Blair, WCU Athletics, and a NCAA waiver, Jordan's parents traveled from Jamaica to surprise their son! For the first time in Jordan's college career, his parents were able to watch and cheer for Jordan from the sidelines.

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Photograph of Waterfall in Forest by Erica Thompson
WCU Staff Photographer Exhibits Work in Knauer Gallery
WCU staff photographer and artist Erica Thompson '10 exhibits Focus Lost and Found and treasures gathered along the way from March 6 – April 10, 2024, in the Department of Art + Design's Knauer Gallery, located in the Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public and shares a biographical retrospective showcasing personal and professional photography and other work that spans Thompson's 30-year career.

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WCU Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Fourth Annual Day of Giving  
Celebrate Your Ram Pride - Day of Giving - West Chester University  

West Chester University proudly announced that its fourth annual Day of Giving, held recently, exceeded its fundraising goal of $180,000! The University’s community demonstrated remarkable strength and generosity by raising $237,165 – a 40% increase from last year.

In celebration of the Day of Giving, the West Chester University Foundation hosted a watch party where guests witnessed the goal being met and exceeded in real-time.

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Alumni Spotlight: Milena Lanz M'13  
Milena Lanz Photo  

2024 Drum Major for Justice Award Honoree

Milena Lanz M'13 is executive director of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County (MCHC) and has served in this role since 2016. Under Lanz’s leadership, MCHC has consistently received the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence, an accreditation that demonstrates excellence in openness, accountability, and efficient management and governing board practices.

Over the past seven years, Lanz has collaborated with WCU’s bachelor of science in public health internship program on a research project to understand parenting and the well-being of young mothers in Chester County. She and MCHC are also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of non-profit professionals and, each academic year, have hired at least three WCU student interns in each fall and spring semester.

A 2013 graduate of the WCU master’s in public health (MPH) healthcare management program, Lanz has demonstrated leadership by her initiative, welcoming collaboration, advocating to ensure healthy families, mentoring, and building community.

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Upcoming Events
Graduate School Open House
Join us for an Open House where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about your specific program of interest, meet with program coordinators and faculty, discuss affordability and financing options with financial aid officers, explore graduate assistantship options, and receive a $50 application fee waiver for attending!
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WCU Alumni Banana Night
If you went bananas for WCU Banana Day, you won't want to miss WCU Alumni Banana Night! Join your fellow Golden Rams at Levante Brewery for our version of this beloved day, featuring The Chilly Banana Food Truck.
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Alumni Weekend
It's YOUR weekend! Get ready for the Kickoff Party and spring football scrimmage, the WCU Alumni Association annual meeting and breakfast, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, and West Chester borough's 225th anniversary parade.
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Chris Fiorentino Day
Join us in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall to celebrate the extraordinary career of President Fiorentino, followed by lunch on the Quad. More information to come!
Friars' Society Alumni Chapter 12th Annual Golf Outing
Join fellow Friars' alumni for a round of golf at Honeybrook Golf Club in support of the WCU Friars' Society; individual registration, foursome registration, and sponsorships are available.
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WCU Alumni Night at Stateside Vodka
Reconnect with WCU Alumni in Philadelphia at this exclusive event featuring two hours of signature cocktails and local appetizers before a 45-minute distillery tour.
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WCU Alumni Day at Dorney Park
Beat the summer heat! Registration includes parking, admission into Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and an all-you-can-eat catered lunch in one of the Park's private pavilions.
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Trivia Time
Julia Gash Coaster Set
What year was Banana Day established?

Submit your answer to alumni@wcufoundation.org and reference "Ramblings Trivia" in the subject line. Four winners will be randomly selected from the submissions to win this Julia Gash coaster set.

Congratulations to our February winners — Eileen Jennings '89, M'01; O'Shea Francis '18; Starla R. Gable '73; and Shanese I. Johnson '92 — who each received a WCU heart magnet!

February Trivia

Q: How many gardens does WCU have?
A: Four
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