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Message from the President

Our mission begins on February 15th, and we want YOU by our side! WCU’s 2021: G.A.L.A. has transformed 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. Kick off your President's Day weekend with behind-the-scenes stories and two vocal performances shared by cast members from the San Francisco production of Broadway’s hit show Hamilton. Other events include Cartooning with a Disney Artist on February 27 and WCU’s first-ever Charter Day of Giving, to be celebrated on Wednesday, March 10. All proceeds support the Presidential Scholarship.

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Message from the President

I hope that many of you were able to join us January 29th for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, featuring your fellow alumnus, the Emmy-award-winning producer Bill Jolly, ’82. Bill gave thought-provoking remarks and the entire virtual celebration was an uplifting and enlightening experience. I am very glad that my wife, Sue, ’86, and I could view this inspirational ceremony.

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Campus News
Coach Bill Zwaan & Professor Ellie Brown Receive Prestigious Awards

During 28th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Friday, January 29, 2021 two people from the WCU community received prestigious awards including Head Football Coach, Bill Zwaan receiving the Civility Award and Professor Ellie Brown receiving the Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award. 

WCU community members shared:

Coach Zwaan “…has helped me grow as a man….He gives help in my times of need... He figures out ways to get necessities that I need and he has always been supportive of me.”

"Ellie’s work is particularly exceptional to the degree that it has been sustaining over the last 15 years, and even with the incredible challenges of the COVID pandemic over this past year, she quickly adapted her work to the new conditions. She also continued to offer support to local children, families, organizations, and for the students offering services,” Jacobson shared in his remarks.

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WCU awarded nearly $30,000 for the "It's On Us" Grant Combatting Sexual Violence

West Chester University has been selected again to receive state grant funding from “It’s On Us PA,” a critical initiative administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education to combat sexual violence on college campuses throughout the Commonwealth.

Awarded nearly $30,000 in funding for programming scheduled to take place throughout the 2021 academic year, WCU is one of only 37 universities and colleges in Pennsylvania to be selected.

Important initiatives slated for 2021 will include a variety of co-curricular learning experiences such as the It’s on Us Week of Action activities, a speaker series focused on anti-violence education, and a body-mapping workshop. Programming will also include enhanced trauma-informed training, as well as partnerships with advocacy organizations that work with high school girls in grades ten through twelve.

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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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A Conversation with Sam Jeune '17 and Odette Kolenky '17
Join us in welcoming back Sam Jeune '17, Development Operations Coordinator and Data Analyst at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and Odette Kolenky '17, Data Analyst at the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County and MPH Graduate Student for a conversation moderated by Dr. Lisa Huebner.
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Ramblings Live! with Shanese Johnson '92
Join us on Facebook this Weds. February 10th at 1:00pm for Ramblings Live! as we catchup with Judge Shanese Johnson '92.
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A Conversation with Justin Rentzel '08
As Creative Director for Insomnia Cookies and winner of 7 ADDY Awards, Justin Rentzel ’08 has seen a lot during his tenure in the advertising world. Join Justin for a conversation moderated by Professor David Jones and learn about the opportunities, experiences and lessons he gained during his time as a WCU undergrad and alum.
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Ramblings Live! with Larry Dowdy '73 M'80
Join us on Facebook on Weds. February 17th at 1:00pm for Ramblings Live! as we catch up with Larry Dowdy '73 M'80, Executive Deputy to the President (Retired). 
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A Conversation with Steven Fisher '11
When he’s not winning Emmy awards as a reporter for NBC10, Steven Fisher ’11 generously shares what he's learned with WCU students and fellow alumni. Join Steven for a conversation moderated by Dr. Ed Lordan and gain Steven's perspective as a former WCU undergrad and current professional in the communications industry.
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A Conversation with Kennedy Jirard '19
Jimmy Fallon... I know him! Join Kennedy Jirard ’19, Talent Assistant at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, for a conversation moderated by Dr. Ed Lordan, and learn what it’s like to enter and navigate a career with NBCUniversal Media.
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Ramblings Live! with Chris Mominey 
Join us on Facebook Weds. February 24th at 1:00pm for Ramblings Live! as we catch up with Chris Mominey, CEO of the West Chester University Foundation.
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Bullet Journaling Workshop
Bring mindfulness into your daily life by learning the techniques of bullet journaling with Nicole Rudderow M'19 and Keiko Wolfe of Blossom Counseling Center. Bullet journaling combines methods of organizing, journaling, and task management to create a planning system uniquely tailored to your needs. First 25 registrants will be entered to win a prize pack for the event.
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Alumni Spotlight

Chip Smith

For the first time in its 28-year history, West Chester University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration was virtual due to the pandemic. The event celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy through images, spoken word, and music with the WCU Gospel Choir, and honors WCU alumni whose professional lives and vocational activities align closely with Dr. King’s mission.

This year, there are two Drum Major for Justice honorees: Courtland Bragg ’14 and Deidre Gray ’92. We are proud of these two extraordinary WCU alumni- congratulations and well deserved! 

Trivia Time
Sweatshirt Blanket
Want to win a WCU Pom Hat?

What is the name of the February social media campaign that celebrates couples that met during their time at WCU?

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 January winners - Mark Doloughty '94, Kira Pugliese '14 M'20, Steve Gallo '15, Shannon Fyalkowski '18 - each received a WCU Sweatshirt Blanket!
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