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Message from the President

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for The Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons (SECC)

The fall 2022 semester is in full swing. On Thursday, we invited our Golden Ram family to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons (SECC), and then to the annual Welcome Back Address that Executive Vice President and Provost Laurie Bernotsky and I delivered at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.

For those who have not had a chance to see the new building, I encourage you to explore and I’m sure you’ll learn why we are so proud of these spaces. The SECC demonstrates that we are using the momentum of our recent sesquicentennial to continue preparing students for future successes. We have a new state-of-the-art dining facility, immersion labs, and numerous community spaces for our students, faculty, and staff to meet and collaborate.
The work that will come out of the building – the research done by our professors, and projects initiated by students and community partners – will quite literally touch the lives of countless individuals. The potential is infinite.

President Christopher M. Fiorentino

Campus News
Nominations Closing Soon!

The Nominating Committee of the West Chester University Alumni Association (WCUAA) is accepting nominations for candidates who wish to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors for the 2023-2026 term. There are six seats on the WCUAA Board of Directors up for election each year. Board members are expected to serve their full three-year term for which they are elected. The terms of the newly elected members will begin on July 1, 2023. Submit your nomination!

In addition, the WCUAA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Achieved outstanding recognition in their chosen professions
  • Rendered unusual service to a particular segment of society either vocationally or avocationally
  • Achieved outstanding recognition or rendered unusual service by volunteering in a non-profit organization, or
  • Positively influenced large numbers of people throughout a career.
Submit your nomination!

Nomination forms for both new board members and the Distinguished Alumni Award must be completed and submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022.
150 Forward Campaign
Ribbons, Ribbons, and Celebrating

The WCU Alumni Association led the beginning of a weeklong SECC celebration with the dedication of the Learning Stairs — a place for students and alumni to gather while viewing a captivating floor-to-ceiling video wall that highlights the University's vibrant campus.

The grand finale on Thursday, September 15th brought together alumni donors and friends who have named spaces in the building. They were able to experience firsthand the new technology, distinctive features, and academic enhancements through student and faculty demonstrations in the Nutrition & Sensory Evaluation Lab, the Environmental Health Lab, and the Duey Centers for Science.

Check out the full story and photos here: https://www.wcufoundation.org/news

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Upcoming Events
Preacher Lawson Comedy Night
Preacher Lawson, the star comedian made famous by NBC’s hit television series, America’s Got Talent, will take the stage at West Chester University for one performance only followed by a special meet and greet reception with alumni.
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Honors College Alumni Gathering
Join Mrs. Donna M. Carney, Dr. Kevin W. Dean, Honors Faculty and Emeriti, alumni, and current Honors leaders for a gathering to reconnect, network, and celebrate West Chester University's commitment to the cornerstone of the Honors College Program, the Capstone Project.
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WCSC Class of 1962 60th Virtual Reunion 
West Chester State College Class of 1962 will celebrate their virtual 60th Reunion the week before our 2022 Rock n' Roll Homecoming Weekend. We hope that you can join us virtaully for your reunion!
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A Conversation with Lauren Grow ’16 
Join the College of Arts & Humanities for an Alumni Speaker Series! On Thursday, October 6th at noon, we will hear from WCU Alumna, Lauren Grow ’16, Director of Development at the West Chester University Foundation. Click here to view past events.
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WCU Rock n' Roll Homecoming
We're bringing the wild hair, bold vibes, and bright colors of rock 'n' roll to WCU! Join us for the Homecoming Weekend Kickoff Party, Planetarium Show, our Pre-Game Tailgate in N Lot, the Killinger Football Foundation Pre-Game Tailgate, and of course, the WCU vs. Shippensburg football game.

To view the schedule of events and register, visit: www.wcualumni.org/homecoming
WCSC Class of 1972 50th Reunion 
Join fellow classmates during Homecoming Weekend to reminisce about memories of "WCSC" at the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1972!
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WCSC Classes of 1966 and 1967 Joint 55th Reunion 
West Chester State College Classes of 1966 and 1967 will celebrate their combined 55th Reunion during the 2022 Rock n' Roll Homecoming Weekend. We have a number of special events planned for you to enjoy together and look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
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Alumni Spotlight

On August 17, 2022, WCU President Chris Fiorentino and Sue Fiorentino, Lisa Calvano (Dean of the Graduate School), and the Kienle family celebrated the naming of the reception office in McKelvie Hall in memory of Denise Howe Kienle.

Pictured below: Stephanie Kienle '08, M'18, Jessica Kienle '05, and Joseph Kienle '72, M'74.

Kienle Grad School Naming Celebration

Trivia Time
WCU Mini Football
Want to win a WCU Mini Size Rubber Football?

Name three events taking place during Homecoming Weekend?

Four winners will be randomly selected from submitted answers to the trivia question. Submit your answer and reference in the subject line Ramblings Trivia: alumni@wcufoundation.org.

Congratulations to our August winners - Steve Heckler '72, Tara McCullough '15, Frank Gentile '94, and Lori Bennington '86 - each received a WCU Wall Mount Bottle Opener!
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