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Message from the President
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Transit Umbra Lux Permanet
Shadow Passes, Light Remains

A sundial on the south wall of Philips Memorial Building is inscribed with this phrase in the original Latin. The sundial was a gift from the Class of 1944 on the occasion of its 50th reunion.

You need to look carefully to find the sundial – a glossy-leafed magnolia growing nearby competes for attention. But when Sue and I take walks around our now quiet campus, I find my eye drawn not to the profusion of greenery and spring blooms but to this simple, solid sundial and its reassuring words.

The Class of 1944 graduated at a time when the University and the entire world were rocked with uncertainty. Yet we rose to the immense challenges then, just as we are rising to meet immense new challenges today.

Rest assured, nothing will ever stop us from fulfilling our core mission – now and always, West Chester University is razor-focused on student success. We count on technology more than ever in these extraordinary times but we also count on what’s been critical to our success in ordinary times – the industrious, adaptable and highly creative faculty and staff who are the lifeblood of this institution. While our buildings may be shuttered, our dynamic University is going strong.

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Former WCU Athletes on the Front Lines of COVID-19

For a large group of former West Chester University student-athletes, those nostalgic feelings hold a particular poignancy during these troubling times.

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, of course, but few have been directly and personally affected like former WCU soccer player Linzi Wolfe. Or former field hockey stars like Kristina Scherrer and Rachal Toppi, and former lacrosse standouts like Sami Barnett and Rachel Noble.

According to WCU field hockey coach Amy Cohen, it is no coincidence that so many former female athletes are drawn to careers in health care. Both require some of the same skills, like teamwork, time management and being able to execute under stress.

“It’s not a surprise to me to see how successful they are. They are dedicated. You could see that on the field, and you can see it now. They are out there saving lives.”

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WCU Foundation
Foundation Participates in #GivingTuesdayNow

May 5th brought the world #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity. Throughout the day, they posted notes of gratitude from students who have benefited from the Student Emergency Aid Fund - we invite you to view the full gallery here and get to know their faces!

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WCU Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Join us for the WCUAA Annual Meeting via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. Hear all the latest news from the Alumni Association. Attendees must register to attend. Zoom access information will be emailed to registrants prior to meeting.
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WCU at Dorney Park
Join us for WCU Alumni Day at Dorney Park! Registration includes parking, admission into Dorney Park (10am-10pm), Wildwater Kingdom (10:30am-7pm), and an all-you-can-eat catered lunch from 12-2pm in one of Dorney Park's private pavilions.
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Rams in the Sand - Save the Date!
Join us for our annual Rams in the Sand Beach Party! We are headed to the Deauville Inn at the Jersey Shore and hope to see you there!
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Alumni Spotlight

Kristina Borham Ramblings Spotlight

The Alumni Relations Office recently caught up with Kristina Borham '15, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at WCU. Originally from Oxford, PA she shared that WCU offered a quality education with opportunities to achieve her goals of becoming a physician, proximity to home, and to interact with people both similar and different to her on a daily basis. While at WCU she was a Resident Assistant, Research Assistant, involved in Residence Life and the Abbe Society.

As of May 2020, she is now officially Kristina Lake Borham, MD, Captain, United States Air Force.  She will begin residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Although she's not currently working in the hospital setting due to completing her graduation requirements, COVID-19 will directly impact her soon and has impacted her colleagues. Click below to learn more about how Kristina believes that WCU is a community full of people who see the best in you, and always support you even after you leave campus!

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Want to win a WCU Alumni Tumbler? 

Submit a note to a WCU 2020 Graduate by visiting: wcualumni.org/notestograduates

Four winners will be randomly selected from those that submit a Note to a Graduate and announced in the next issue of the WCU Alumni Ramblings E-Newsletter.

Rose Trasatti '72 M '74, Ginny Pietruszka '77, Amber Key '16, Michael Moriarty '17 M '19 - each will receive a WCU Alumni T-Shirt!
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