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New Benefits for WCU Alumni
The Perks of being a WCU alumnus just got better with PerksConnect...a NO COST member benefit! As a WCU PerksConnect member, you get exclusive offers and discounts on over 300,000 local deals, including dining, sporting events, movie tickets, concert tickets, travel, home and auto insurance, and more! Register today and start saving! If you would like to feature your alumni business on our perks network, please contact us!

Enjoy several additional alumni benefits including:

PSECU provides financial opportunities for a better life to all Golden Rams. As an alumnus, you are eligible to join the credit union and experience all of the low-to-no cost products and services.

GradFin works with borrowers to refinance their student loans which often leads to borrowers saving thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

The Twardowski Career Development Center is committed to supporting your success by providing alumni with direct connection to employers, resume review, career transition support, and continuing education opportunities.

License Plates help you show off your Ram pride on the road! Ram plates are available for Pennsylvania residents.

Diploma Frames preserve your diploma! Find a great selection of WCU engraved frames offered by OCM! You can choose from a variety of frame styles and colors.

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Campus News
West Chester University is celebrating its 150th Anniversary!
West Chester University is celebrating its 150th Anniversary! Bookmark the 150th anniversary website and visit often to see additions to our timeline, upcoming events, new photos and videos, and stories about the foundations of the institution in the most recent issues of The West Chester University Magazine.
WCU Students Staff New
E-Commerce Site NazBi

Small businesses suffered during the pandemic but a new local online platform — staffed by recent WCU grads and students — is now available to help small artisan businesses in the greater Philadelphia region market their products virtually.

NazBi launched in late May. It’s the brainchild of Komeil Nasrollahi, business engagement manager for the Chester County Economic Development Council, who teaches in WCU’s College of Business and Public Management.

“During my time as a WCU faculty member, I’ve met a handful of students who truly exceeded my expectations of young adults,” he notes. He recruited them to help launch NazBi.

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WCU Foundation
Ram Proud, Ram Strong, and Ram Everlasting

This fall, West Chester University will kick off its sesquicentennial anniversary! We are counting on your support to launch us into the next 150 years – and to provide immediate impact to our students as they return to campus.

Join the celebration and invest in WCU's future. Visit go.wcufoundation.org/ram-proud to make your gift today.

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Ram Nation is West Chester University's official social and professional networking platform. A collaboration between the WCU Alumni Association and the Twardowski Career Development Center, Ram Nation connects alumni and offers opportunities to mentor current WCU students. By joining Ram Nation, you will be able to network with Golden Rams in your industry or city, share career advice or gain insights from experienced professionals, and access career development resources designed for your level of experience.
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WCU Summer Camps
West Chester University announced dates and information for summer programs and camps. In-person camps on West Chester University’s campus are moving forward with COVID-19 safety protocols and modifications in place to ensure the safety of campers and staff. Some camps will be delivered virtually. In all, dozens of in-person and virtual camps and programs are scheduled for school-aged children from the surrounding region in high-quality, relatively low-cost programs. Information and links to registration for each camp can be found below.
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Virtual Performance Theater Workshops for Kids
10:00 - 10:45am (Ages 4-7): Join WCU Professor of Theatre Charlie DelMarcelle and his wife, professional costume designer Katherine Fritz, for a fun interactive Zoom workshop with theatre games and activities! Stories, songs, crafts, and more will be shared in this easy introduction to how making a play can be just that - a chance to play! 

11:00am - 12:00pm (Ages 8-12): For the older kiddos, join WCU Professor of Theatre Charlie DelMarcelle and his wife, professional costume designer Katherine Fritz as they take you behind-the-scenes of the world of theatre with an interactive Zoom workshop for young actors and designers. You'll learn some theatre games that will have you laughing, and craft your very own costume design for your characters! Learn more about their summer camp offerings!
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Object Talks III: What Books as Material Artifacts Reveal
Join us on Tuesday, June 15th, from 6 to 7 pm, for the next installment of Object Talks.  Eli Carter M'21 will discuss Langston Hughes's influence on a 1952 Modern Library edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Chris Sassaris '20 will discuss his work on an 18th-century Greek dictionary. Registrants will receive the Zoom link on Monday, June 14th.
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WCU Alumni Day at Dorney Park
Fun for all ages - from the big thrills of Hydra and Possessed to the little thrills of Planet Snoopy, Dorney Park offers a unique mix of fun for the entire family! 
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Ramblings Live with New Student Programs (Orientation)
Join us as we catch-up with the New Student Programs (NSP) team to learn more about how orientation has transformed over the course of the pandemic and how the NSP team is working hard to provide a hybrid and robust introduction to the University to new and transfer students!
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11th Annual INCOMPARABLE Golf Outing
We invite you to join us for the 11th Annual INCOMPARABLE Golf Outing at Broad Run Golfer's Club! This will be a four-person scramble with fun prizes. 9:00am shotgun start!
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Homecoming 2021
Save the date for this year's Homecoming celebration! More details to follow soon.

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Alumni Spotlight

christine cook

Christine (Brennan) Cook '85, originally from Philadelphia, majored in Early Childhood Education at WCU. She is currently in her 35th and final year of teaching at the Milton Hershey School (MHS). She plans to retire at the end of this school year. MHS is a private residential school for children of extreme poverty and need. In her humble opinion, MHS is the greatest school in the world and the best place to work.

Christine recalls having had great teaching classes at WCU and some really impactful professors (Dr. Zimmerman, Dr. Hasson, Dr. Gibson, Dr. Maxim) who made her feel very well prepared to be an elementary teacher. She also had a great cooperating teacher (Mrs. Brenda Ginden) when she student taught kindergarten at Hillsdale Elementary School. She learned a lot from Mrs. Ginden and still keep in touch with her to this day.

Among her favorite memories of her time at WCU include, snow days where she'd “borrow” the cafeteria trays and use them as sleds, late night snacks at the Rat, football tailgates at the stadium at South Campus, floor parties while a student in Goshen Hall, and fun with her wonderful roommates Liz (Suda) Mahon and Leslie (Murray) Cook! In addition to her two amazing daughters, Jennifer & Megan, her latest personal accomplishment is being named as the Milton Hershey School’s Alumna of the Year for 2021. Rams Up, Christine!

Learn more about Christine's experience!

Trivia Time
WCU Rocks Glass
Want to win a WCU 150th Rocks Glass?

Name one event taking place in the month of June?

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

Congratulations to our May winners - Bill Wendt '70, Rebecca Stipdonk '96, Lauren Horan '20, Steve Bueschen ‘79 - each received a 150th Anniversary WCU Mug!
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