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Message from the President
Message from the President

A new year has arrived, and, as I write, our heroic doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. As the availability of the vaccine increases, hope and optimism prevail. Here on campus, we are beginning a new semester with energy and excitement, and we anticipate holding socially-distanced, outside Commencement ceremonies for our 2020 and 2021 graduates in April and May. Plus, we already are looking ahead to August, when we anticipate re-opening our West Chester and Philadelphia campuses for in-person learning and living.

For now, we need to continue to do things a bit differently, and that includes the way we celebrate our annual Presidential Scholarship Community Gala. In a series of events from February to April, you will be able to learn from a Disney artist, listen in as cast members from the Broadway show “Hamilton” tell backstage stories, and join Henry Winkler and me for a virtual conversation. You won’t want to miss any of the fun. Learn more about the WCU G.A.L.A. – Give. Advance. Lead. Achieve – and save the dates in your calendar now.

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Campus News
28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The Frederick Douglass Society and West Chester University are pleased to invite you to the 28th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the celebration will be offered virtually Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:00am. Featuring keynote speaker, artist, WCU alum and three-time Emmy Award-winning Producer/Arranger, Mr. Bill Jolly '82. Click here for streaming info.

Virtual Graduate Open House
Tuesday, Feb. 9th; 5:30-7:00pm
Join us virtually for a Graduate Open House! Open Houses are a great way to connect with program coordinators, financial aid officers, and the Graduate School staff. Click here for more info and to register.

WCU Foundation
What do cast members of Hamilton, a Disney artist, and an AGT mentalist have in common?

Each will headline a series of live virtual events as part of West Chester University’s 38th Annual Presidential Scholarship Community Gala. WCU’s 2021: G.A.L.A. will transform from one great night out to an inclusive spring fundraising program and will focus on what the G.A.L.A. means to WCU – to Give. Advance. Lead. Achieve. Virtual events begin on Monday, February 15, 2021 and are priced between $50 and $150 per login. More information at http://www.wcufoundation.org/gala

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Webinars for Alumni
Through a partnership with the WCU Office of Training & Organizational Development WCU employees, students and NOW alumni can search and have access to over 200 developed webinars and podcasts on various topics including leadership, communication, project management and so much more!
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Ramblings Live! with Chip Smith '70 M'81
Join us on Facebook this Wednesday at 1:00pm for Ramblings Live! as we catchup with Chip Smith ’70 M’81, former U.S. Secret Service Chairman & Co-Founder Fedora Security LLC.
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Ramblings Live! with Joey Wendle '12
Join us on Facebook at 1:00pm for Ramblings Live! as we catch up with Joey Wendle '12, second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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WCU Sweethearts
Roses are red, violets are blue, let us know if you met your sweetie at WCU! If you met your significant other at WCU and want to share your love story, we want to feature you during the month of February! #WCUSweethearts
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Chip Smith

Join us this Wednesday, January 13th at 1:00pm on Facebook for Ramblings Live! as we catch up with Chip Smith '70 M'81! Click here to check out previous episodes.
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Trivia Time
Sweatshirt Blanket
Want to win a WCU Sweatshirt Blanket?

What is the name of the new professional and career development tool coordinated between the Twardowski Career Development Center and Alumni Relations Office which connects alumni to current WCU students?

Four winners will be randomly selected that submit answers to the the trivia question. Submit your answer and reference in the subject line Ramblings Trivia: alumni@wcupa.edu.

Congratulations to our December winners - Warren Frederick '81, Elizabeth Mosser '04, and Liz Dlugolecki '07 - each received a WCU Camper Mug!
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