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Message from the President
Message from the President

The new year brings new opportunities for personal and professional development. Here at West Chester University we are welcoming 2020 with the launch of Ram Nation, an exciting new way for students to connect with alumni or WCU employees for “flash networking” opportunities, ranging from informational interviews to job shadows.

It doesn’t take much time to become a part of Ram Nation and your support is invaluable to our students. I encourage you to sign up today at https://ramnation.wcupa.edu.

Learn more about Ram Nation and all that the Twardowski Career Development Center has to offer in this month’s #FirstFridayVideo. Please check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Campus News
WCU Provides Support for Single Parent Students

Catherine Monsalvo, a senior majoring in social work, said she’s seen firsthand as a single parent, raising her daughter, Lilly, 8, and getting her education.

She and her daughter lived in rented rooms and have moved multiple times. They have been living in an apartment for the last couple of years, she said.

She attends West Chester’s Philadelphia location which was more conveniently located to her work and offered night classes. This past semester, she took one class and served her internship at South Philadelphia High School, where she assisted teen parents. The internship is not paid, so she had to reduce her job as a personal care assistant to two days a week.

She is grateful for the support from her professors, who encouraged her to bring Lilly to class when she had a child care problem. “That helped me out a lot as a mom,” said Monsalvo, who belongs to “Super Moms of WCU,” a group of West Chester student moms.

Learn more about Catherine's story in this article featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

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Courses Available Now!
Continuing Professional Education at WCU provides training to businesses in the tri-state area with an array of topical seminars and courses. By offering education on demand, to professionals by professionals, the university is a resource to a variety of organizations.

REGISTER for the following workshops:
  • American Sign Language & Criminal Justice Workshop: This workshop will be presented in two half parts; part one will give an overview of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community, American Sign Language, and Deaf Culture, and part two will discuss how they navigate through the American Criminal Justice/Legal System and the various challenges and barriers faced. Cost, $50 per person 
  • Group Crisis Intervention: Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide variety of crisis intervention services. Cost, $150 per person
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Alumni Benefits
Upcoming Events
Winter Dance Festival XI- Revolving Rhythms
Sponsored by the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter, enjoy this dance production bringing together several dance groups right on campus in Asplundh Concert Hall!
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Alumni Family Day at The Crayola Experience
Bring the whole family to enjoy a day at The Crayola Experience, Pennsylvania's most colorful and interactive destination for creative play!
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National Aquarium & Alumni Reception (Baltimore, MD)
With a mission to conserve the world's aquatic treasures, enjoy discovering every corner of the National Aquarium followed by an alumni reception with our Baltimore Area alumni!
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Phillies Spring Training Game (Clearwater, FL)
Make your plans now to join WCU alumni and friends to cheer on the fightin’ Phils as they crush the Tampa Bay Rays!
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Reception & WCU Live! featuring Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix
A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Murphy, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier and Willy, the Border Collie who only answers to “Sir.” Enjoy a reception at 1:30pm in Phillips Memorial Hall followed by the WCU Live! Show at 3:00pm.
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Alumni Weekend - Save the Date!

Come back to campus and reminisce about the times of old while enjoying the Spring Football Game, Kick-off Party and the Distinguished Alumni Awards just to name a few! Schedule and registration will be available soon.
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Alumni Spotlight

Judge Shanese Johnson '92

Judge Shanese Johnson '92, graduated from the College of Business and Public Affairs with a degree in business management with a minor in political science. She went on to attend and graduate from Temple University School of Law. Judge Johnson chose WCU because she was awarded a scholarship and the location of campus was close to home. 

Judge Johnson appreciated her time at WCU because she received a solid, affordable academic foundation. One of her favorite memories as a student was graduation in addition to an opportunity she had her senior year to meet and take a picture with Jesse Jackson!

Currently a Court of Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia County hearing non-jury felony cases, Judge Johnson is also a proud mother to her 13 year old son and a breast cancer survivor!

Click here to read more about Judge Shanese Johnson!

Trivia Time
Happy New Year from the Alumni Office!

Want to win a warm WCU Frosty Fleece Throw Blanket? 

Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to alumni@wcupa.edu:

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?

Two winners will be randomly selected from all correct entries and announced in the next issue of the WCU Alumni Ramblings E-Newsletter.

Congratulations to our December Trivia Winners: Megan Berkstresser '09, Jennifer Dorta ‘06, Henrianne Schneider '72, Sherry Fox '79, John McGowan '78 and Dan Baer '07- all received WCU ornaments!
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