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Message from the President

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Welcome to the New Year! As we prepare campus for a new semester, we’re already looking forward to January 1, 2024, when our INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band will march in the iconic Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

If you didn’t know, the Rose Parade is a prestigious event broadcast to more than 25 million people before the annual Rose Bowl Game. Next year’s parade will be its 135th anniversary, and the first time a PASSHE university marching band has participated. WHYY-FM featured the exciting news in a segment you can listen to here.

This great honor once again puts West Chester University into an international spotlight, deservedly so. Our INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band is comprised of 350 students from more than 60 majors who devote themselves to both their studies and a demanding practice schedule.

Now our focus is turned to getting these 350 students to California. We’ve recently launched the “RamBand Road to the Roses ‘24” initiative, which is anchored by a $100,000 matching gift challenge thanks to the generosity of Dr. James Wells ’54 and Mr. Richard G. Wells ’58. The initiative invites donors to make a gift to be matched by March 10, 2023, which is West Chester University’s Charter Day of Giving. Gifts can be made at www.wcufoundation.org/RamBand/.

The future is bright for our Golden Ram community. I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes us.

President Christopher M. Fiorentino

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Alumni Basketball Games

West Chester University Alumni Association is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this years Men's and Women's Basketball games on January 28th.

The WCU Women's Basketball team will be playing Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball at 2 pm in Hollinger Fieldhouse, followed by the WCU Men's Basketball playing the Bloomsburg Men's team at 4 pm. 

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Come out join the WCU Alumni Association and get alumni merch while supporting the current basketball teams. 

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150 Forward Campaign
Music in Motion Event
Supports Dance Scholarships

The West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter presents Alumni Dance Festival XV: Music in Motion, a benefit concert for the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship and Chapter Dance Awards. A physical education major and WCU cheerleader, Barbara J. Lappano '67, M'73 cheered for the Golden Rams football team at their first appearance in the Tangerine Bowl.

As a member of the faculty from 1970-2004, she taught dance education, technique, and theory courses, coached WCU cheerleading, and also implemented a dance minor for the University in the Theatre Department. In 2007, she established the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship. A former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, she received the President’s Medallion for Service in 2019 and the President's Award in 2021.

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Alumni Spotlight - Alison Sharpe Beidler '95
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Alison Sharpe Beidler earned her B.S.Ed in 1995 and her M.Ed in 2018 from West Chester University. Currently, she is with the Chester County Intermediate Unit - Home & Community Services as a Behavior Consultant, supporting learners ages 3-21 in their homes, schools, and communities.

She said she chose WCU because “of the strength of the Early Childhood Education program, and because I just had to be in the INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band.” She shared that band has been an important part of her life since birth; her parents met in their college band, and she was at all of their alumni marching band and alumni concert band performances.

She joined her school band in 4th grade, learned to play three different instruments through 12th grade, and took on a Minor in Music in her first semester at WCU. While at the university, she had the privilege of playing in the INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band, Concert Band and Collegium Musicum, as well as singing in the Masterworks Chorus. In the Spring of 1991, Alison became a Brother of the Eta Rho chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, a college and university band service organization.

When Dr. Yozviak asked her to be a part of growing and developing the Bands Alumni chapter in 2013, she said "Yes was the only answer!".

"The WCU Bands were so integral to making me into the person I am today, and I knew I was not alone in wanting to have an avenue for the tens of thousands of WCU Bands Alumni to reconnect with the Wind Bands and WCU.”

Her responsibilities started with serving as the KKPsi Representative on the Executive Board, and she has had the honor of being selected to serve as Vice President, President, and now the Executive Director following that.

"I love that we're providing new performance and reunion opportunities each year for the alumni from every ensemble. We are bonded by music and performing in the WCU Wind Bands; our closest friends are ones we met in the bands and are now our chosen family for many of us. Even if our bodies won't let us march, twirl, or play any longer, the Bands Alumni chapter brings us back together.”

WCU's Wind Bands are also loved by her son, Isaac, who started playing trumpet in 4th grade. The picture above is a 2022 WCU Homecoming Alumni Ensemble Performance where he joined in, something they share together whenever they can.

You can find out how to join the WCU Bands Alumni Chapter on their website!

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Feb
1
Four-Part Virtual Museum Series Beyond the Bell: Philadelphia's Global Heritage
The series kicks off with Professor Anne Krulikowski's discussion of the city's immigrant neighborhoods and impact.
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Feb
9
Buns & Brews
A date night duo of craft beer and artisan cinnamon buns from local brewer, Wrong Crowd Brewery, & legacy family-owned City Buns! One ticket includes four mini buns and a flight of beer or cider pairings.
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FEB
18
Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game & Social
Step back on the field and play in our alumni game! Join us for a social afterwards with your former teammates, the WCU 2023 Women's Lacrosse team, family and friends.
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MAR
10
WCU Charter Day of Giving
Join us on Friday, March 10th for our third annual Day of Giving! This 24-hour initiative brings alumni, faculty, staff, students, families, and friends together in support of student success across campus at WCU. Your gift, no matter the size, makes the greatest impact on March 10th. Don’t wait – be among the first to kick-off our Day of Giving! (link to give there).
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Alumni Weekend
Every year during Alumni Weekend, the campus comes alive as alumni, friends and family return to campus for three days of reminiscing and making new memories. Save the date!
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We are looking for your fuzzy friends to feature in our Pet of the Week. We want to meet your pets! Dogs, cats, fish, rams, etc. Any animal you consider part of your family. Be sure to include a picture. 

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Four winners will be randomly selected from the submissions. 

Congratulations to our December winners - Sean Quarmby '88, Alice Johnson '72, Danielle Bossert '08, and Iris Gray Dowling '56 M '66 - each received a WCU beanie!
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