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Message from the President


With summer around the corner, the end of the spring semester has arrived.

This weekend, West Chester University will graduate the Class of 2023 in 15 ceremonies. Organizing numerous ceremonies is a giant undertaking, but we find it allows our students and their families a chance to better enjoy the experience of graduating.

This season is especially important to me because it’s the physical embodiment of so many forces that have come together throughout both semesters. Our students have made tremendous efforts to get to this point. We should also consider how the support of their friends and families played a part. On our end, it’s also taken the dedication of WCU professors, advisors, and everyone on staff who comes to work every day to help our students succeed.

Our Golden Ram alumni family is about to grow, and I hope you’ll keep an eye out for our new graduates. They may have completed their academic chapter with West Chester University, but as you know, once a Golden Ram, always a Golden Ram.

President Christopher M. Fiorentino

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Campus News
Golden Rams Finish Spring Season Strong

The WCU Women's Lacrosse Team completed a flawless regular season and secured their record 25th PSAC Championship. The team's exceptional performance led to eight players being named to the All-PSAC East selections, including five first-team honorees. Head coach Ginny Martino received her fourth Coach of the Year accolade, while junior midfielder Hannah Stanislawczyk was recognized as the Eastern Division player of the year.

In softball, West Chester secured their first PSAC East title since 2019, earning a share of the Eastern Division crown. They clinched the fourth seed in the Atlantic Regional at East Stroudsburg. Head coach Diane Lokey was named the Eastern Division Coach of the Year for the sixth time.

At the 127th Track & Field Penn Relays, Junior Ralph Casper excelled, achieving a fifth-place finish in the Championship of the America Shot Put event. Casper set a new personal best, as well as WCU and PSAC records, with a mark of 64 feet 2 ¼ inches. His outstanding performance earned him the PSAC
Field Athlete of the Week recognition.

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150 Forward Campaign
Diversity Walk Dedication

More than 100 citizens, students, faculty, and staff gathered on WCU’s campus recently to unveil “Diversity Walk,” named in honor of the impactful work that continues to be done by former State Senator Andrew Dinniman.
“This is an exciting chapter in the University’s history,” said President Fiorentino. “Senator Dinniman is the kind of person who isn’t letting a little thing like retirement stop him from pursuing a more equitable Pennsylvania. We were more than happy to open our doors to this idea and the Together Fund, and we are so proud to partner with him.”
Following the dedication, audience members participated in the First Annual Community Gathering for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity, highlighted by Professor Emerita Anita Foeman, Professor Bessie Lawton, and Professor Emeritus Charles Hardy, III.

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Alumni Spotlight – Brigid Gallagher '12
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Photo courtesy of VISTA.

For this month's spotlight, we are incredibly excited to share someone who is already a familiar face to many alumni.

Brigid Gallagher is the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at the West Chester University Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating engagement opportunities for WCU alumni around the world and serving as the direct liaison for alumni chapters and clubs, facilitating connections between them and the university.

Brigid's journey with West Chester University began in 2009 when she transferred. She worked at Sykes Student Union and graduated with her Graphic Design degree in 2012. Her experience on campus had a profound impact on her life, as she found a welcoming community that became like family to her. Now, in her current position, she has the privilege of connecting with fellow alumni, learning about the university's legacy, and using those relationships to shape the university's future.

Additionally, she is part of the 2023 Class of VISTA Millennial Superstars and will be honored at the Awards Reception & Celebration on May 18, 2023, at Penn State Great Valley.

Brigid Gallagher's story is one of a passionate individual who found her place at West Chester University and now dedicates herself to fostering meaningful connections among alumni.  

You can read her VISTA feature here.

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- Sean Milligan '20, Gerardina Martin '97, '99, '00, Alyssa Lang '94 and Kenneth J. Wolfe '95 - each received an umbrella!
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