This academic year closed on a high after graduating a total of 4,365 students.
West Chester University Ramblings Alumni Association Newsletter
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Message from the President
WCU Family and President Rams Up

This academic year closed on a high after graduating a total of 4,365 students. It’s been a remarkable year filled with many accolades that you might remember. We surpassed our fundraising goal for the 150Forward campaign, our INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band impressed the nation in California, and we secured a PA Hunger-Free Campus grant to ensure that no student must choose between a meal and their education.

This year also represents a personal milestone as it marks the end of my tenure as president of WCU. I am delighted to pass the stewardship to Dr. Laurie Bernotsky, whose vision and dedication will undoubtedly usher in a new era of growth and excellence for West Chester University.

Dr. Bernotsky is exceptionally equipped to lead, and I am confident that under her leadership, our University will continue to thrive and push the boundaries of academic and community achievement.

Thank you for your support as our alumni. I hope that you always carry the energy, enthusiasm and innovation of Golden Rams. 

President Christopher M. Fiorentino

Campus News
President Fiorentino Inducted Into Chester County Hall of Fame
President Fiorentino Inducted Into the Chester County Hall of Fame by CCEDC
Just weeks ahead of his retirement, WCU's beloved leader was inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).

“President Fiorentino has always understood that success can – and should – be mutual for West Chester University and its surrounding communities, and his commitment to this goal is perhaps his most lasting legacy here in Chester County,” said Mike Grigalonis, CCEDC President and Chief Operating Officer.

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Gordon Natural Area
GNA Forest Fest Wins a 2024 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
WCU has been honored with a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for “A Forest Festival Celebrating 50 years of the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Education.” These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth.

The GNA serves as a refuge for local wildlife, native plants, and other biota and provides a setting for researchers, nature lovers, artists and poets, runners, dog walkers, and visitors looking to reconnect with the natural world.

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From the Editor, The WCU Magazine:

As the University has shared in past issues of the magazine, rising printing and mailing costs, coupled with increased requests to implement more sustainable practices, prompt a need to adapt the magazine’s distribution.

Hard copies of the current Spring 2024 issue and subsequent issues will be mailed to alumni from the Class of 2005 and earlier. Alumni from the Class of 2006 through the present will be notified by email when the digital magazine is available online.

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Alumni Spotlight: Joseph F. Kienle, III '72, M'74
Joseph F. Kienle, III '72, M'74 and Lisa Wright Bryant '87
Joseph F. Kienle, III '72, M'74 with Lisa Wright Bryant '87, Past President of the WCU Alumni Association.

2024 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Joe and his family are a true West Chester University legacy. Joe graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and continued on to earn a Master of Education in Health & Physical Education in 1974.

He and his late wife, Denise, shared a passion for higher education which took them across the country until they returned to West Chester in 1988, when Denise began her 25-year-career at the University. Joe entered the finance industry, working for both Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, helping clients plan successful financial futures until his retirement in 2010.

Dedicated to serving the University, he was elected to the WCU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1990 for two terms, during which he served as president for two years. Joe was awarded the designation of president emeritus in 2016 and this past year, he received the President’s Medallion for Service.

The Kienle family has established both the Denise Howe Kienle Memorial Scholarship and the Kienle Family Scholarship.

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Upcoming Events
14th Annual INCOMPARABLE Golden Rams Marching Band Golf Outing
Enjoy a day on the course at Broad Run Golfer's Club in support of the WCU RamBand. Four-person scramble with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams; Lowest-Scoring Alumni Foursome; Lowest-Scoring Educational Team; and Skill.
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NATA Conference & Athletic Training Alumni Social
Join your fellow WCU Athletic Training alumni for a reception at the 75th Annual National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Sunday Sips at Willow Creek Winery & Farm
This award-winning Cape May Island winery on a 50+ acre estate feels like the vineyards of France or Southern California. Soak up the sun with an open wine bar featuring the house red, house white, sangria, fountain drinks, and light fare while surrounded by curated gardens and works of art.
Online registration closes on June 17th!
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The Sandbar at ICONA Avalon
Enjoy an open-air, carefree atmosphere at this beach bar and lounge with food, cocktails, beer, fire pits, and live music just feet from Avalon's beach.
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38th Annual Criterions Reunion
Join fellow alumni as the Criterions Alumni Big Band returns to make music together once again.
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Homecoming & Family Weekend
WCU will host alumni, families, students, faculty and staff, and community members for a weekend full of programs, athletic events, school spirit, and lots of fun. We hope you will join us in merging two of our favorite traditions to create a unique and meaningful experience for the entire community.
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Trivia Time
WCU Halftime Cooler
What subject did President Fiorentino teach when he first arrived at WCU in 1983?

Submit your answer to and reference "Ramblings Trivia" in the subject line. Four winners will be randomly selected from the submissions to win this WCU halftime cooler.

Congratulations to our April winners — Jenifer Mohler '10, Kim (Brautigam) Speed '00, Patti Jo Swenda M'91, and Ashley Wallen '22 — who each received a WCU wrist lanyard!

May Trivia

Q: In what year was the first Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony held?
A: 1963
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