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Message from the President

Share Your Story for West Chester’s 150th

What foods fueled your Golden Ram days? Did T & R Deli made the best hoagies, like one alumnus recently pronounced on Facebook? Or perhaps you preferred Rosie’s Deli? Were the roast beef sandwiches at the Courtyard Inn your go-to? We’ve heard plenty of Golden Rams tell us Mister Donut was the best for java, hands-down.

And how about traditions… do you remember Greek Games or Band Camp Week? Did you take part in Banana Day (which began in 1996) or was “Rampage Weekend” when you showed your Ram Pride?

In celebration of West Chester University’s sesquicentennial, we’ve been asking alumni to share memories of their days on campus on the University’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Now, we’re opening up our website to tell more of your stories. We encourage you to join in, and let us know what you remember most fondly about your time here.

Photos are welcome, too. Did you wear a beanie like these students from the Class of 1969, left, or did you rock the “alligator look” like our preppy students, at right, in the early 1980s?

Throwback students

Send your stories and photos to PublicRel@wcupa.edu. We will share your recollections on our 150th anniversary site. Be sure to check this website frequently for details on upcoming sesquicentennial activities (virtual and in-person), commemorative merchandise, and much more.

Wishing you well this month,

Chris Fiorentino

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WCU Foundation
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Raffle tickets available at go.wcufoundation.org/events/gala. Drawing will take place on April 16th at 5:30 pm.

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APR
13
A Conversation with Lauren Arkatin '13
Join us for a conversation with WCU alumna Lauren Arkatin '13, Account Director at DiD Agency on April 13th at 2pm.
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APR
14
Salsa Magic- Virtual Interactive Dancing Event
Why go to the club when Salsa Magic brings the club right to you? There simply isn't a more exciting, interactive, diverse & educational form of entertainment than Salsa Magic. Lee "El Gringuito" Smith and Kat La Gata are professional Latin dancers who have taught in over 800+ cities around the world and teach various international styles of Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa! Learn the cultural roots of the dances as they have the time of their lives! 
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APR
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VIRTUAL ALUMNI WEEK
Join us in celebrating Alumni Week virtual-style from April 19th-24th. Enjoy tons of giveaways and swag. Share memories of your time as a student and enjoy events such as The Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony, WCU Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Cupcake & Beer Pairing and the History in the Making Alumni Ancestry Series. Stay tuned to our website and social media for trivia, raffles and the most up to date schedule.
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APR
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A Conversation with Laura (Putman) Crail '11
Join us for a conversation with WCU alumna Laura (Putman) Crail '11, Associate Director Of Corporate Initiatives At Alzheimer's Association on April 20th at 2pm.
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APR
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A Conversation with Derek Frey '95
Join us for a conversation with WCU alumnus Derek Frey '95, Filmmaker - Producer Of Disney's Dumbo on April 27th at 2pm.
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APR
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Ramblings Live! with Dr. Dametraus Jaggers
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Dametraus Jaggers, Director of the Dowdy Multicultural Center to share how he promotes holistic success and development of Students of Color. 
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Ramblings Live! with Jack Devine '62
Catch-up with Jack Devine '62 as we learn more about his WCU student experience in the 1960's, and how he became a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency and an author!
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Jacalyn Auris

Jacalyn Auris '92 went to West Chester University (WCU) because it has an excellent reputation for graduating excellent teachers and she wanted to be one! Originally from Montogomery County, PA she majored in special education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from WCU. She is the current vice president of educational services at Devereux Advanced Behavior Health.

She gives WCU much of the credit for her success and happiness in her career. She was accepted into WCU's Academic Development Program (ADP) and was able to attend the university the summer after graduating from high school. She was given the support of counselors, academic advisors and course work that prepared her for college that fall. She did very well with that type of structure and support. Jacalyn went on to help others in the program and, later, became a founding member of an honor society for students within the ADP.

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Trivia Time
Bucket Hat
Want to win a WCU Bucket Hat for those rainy spring days?

What Virtual Alumni Week event are you most looking forward to?

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 March winners - Lori Bennington '86, Stephen Celommi '87, Patricia A. Stauffer '78 and Ryan Blackman M'10 - each received a WCU St. Patty's Day Hat!
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