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Message from the President
I was inaugurated as the 15th president of West Chester University during an investiture ceremony on April 21 at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. While rain greeted us in the morning, the skies cleared by midday, and we hosted a festive reception on the Quad. Click here to read more.

Pictured below is President Chris Fiorentino and his wife Sue, with members of the Class of 1964.
Class of 1964

Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas at WCU's "Shark Tank"
From high school and college students to professionals, people who dream of launching their own products or starting their own businesses are competing in the University's fifth annual Business Idea Competition. Of the 114 total entries submitted by 143 individuals and teams, 17 were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of creative professionals on Wednesday, April 19. Click here to read more.


West Chester Is #1 College Town to Live in After Graduation
The Borough of West Chester tops a new list of the top 20 towns to live in following graduation from college. The folks at rentcollegepads.com evaluated college towns, defined as those whose population is less than five times the enrollment of their resident colleges, and based on specific data. Click here to read more.


Accelerated Grad Exam Prep - all done within one week!
The cost is $540 and includes all practice tests and hand-outs. It will be held Tuesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 15 from 6:00-9:30 PM and Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM at West Chester University’s Graduate Center (1160 McDermott Dr., West Chester, PA). Sign up NOW: Online Registration, EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: $500 if paid online by May 15, 2017.  For More information: ejenkins@wcupa.edu, 610-425-7435.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Weekend 2017
May 19-21

Alumni Weekend 2017
Every year during Alumni Weekend, campus comes alive as alumni, friends and families return to WCU. During the three days of activities, alumni can choose from over a dozen events, including the Friday Night Kickoff Party, Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony, Ram Jam, Service Project and more! Guests will also have a chance to stay overnight in one of the residence halls on campus (registration for the overnight stay closes on Wednesday, May 10). Click here for the entire schedule of events and to register!


DC Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, May 25



West Chester University's Washington, D.C. Chapter invites you to a happy hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Ireland's Four Courts in Arlington, VA! Meet and network with WCU alumni and friends living and/or working in the area while enjoying complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Click here to learn more.


WCU at Dorney Park
Saturday, June 17

Dorney Park

Join us for WCU alumni day at Dorney Park! Registration includes parking, admission into Dorney Park (10am-10pm), Wildwater Kingdom (11am-6pm), and an all-you-can-eat catered lunch from 12-2pm in one of Dorney Park's private pavilions. Park admission tickets are valid for a single one-day admission. Tickets may be used on a date after Saturday, June 17th for a $10.00 upgrade fee per ticket, however, our catered meal is only available on Saturday, June 17th. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, June 7th. Click here for more info or to register.


10th Annual Rams in the Sand
Saturday, July 15

Princeton

Rams in the Sand will be held at the Princeton in Avalon, NJ.  Join WCU alumni and friends for an afternoon of food, fun, giveaways, and memories shore to last a lifetime! Click here to learn more.


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Alumni Spotlight

The Alumni Office recently caught up with WCU alumnus Courtland Bragg, who earned a degree in Communication Studies from WCU in 2014. After graduating from WCU, Courtland became the youngest full-time employee at NFL Films, in Mt. Laurel, NJ. He has directed, produced and edited content for shows airing on ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL Network and Nickelodeon. In 2016, he became an Emmy-Award winning, Associate Producer for HBO’s Hard Knocks featuring the Houston Texans. Click here to read more about Courtland, including his career path, favorite memory from his time as a student, and how he ended up at WCU!

Courtland Bragg

Career Corner

Join ProNet – an online network where you can connect with WCU Alumni in your field of interest. Accessed through Ram Career Network (RCN), users can reach out to a database of Alumni Volunteers about their career journey, explore industries, and discover internship/career opportunities. There are two ways to engage:

Request ProNet Access: Want to get connected with fellow alumni? Request user rights and be granted access to ProNet to get advice from the Volunteers.

Become a ProNet Alumni Volunteer: Connect with students and fellow alumni to share your professional knowledge and demonstrate the power of a professional networking. Please note as a Volunteer you will also have access to the full list of other Volunteers and may use the system for your own networking.

Visit wcupa.edu/pronet for full details and to sign up.

Trivia Time

Want to win this set of Pilsner Glasses?? Take a look at the following trivia question and send your answer to alumni@wcupa.edu: 



Where and when is the annual "Rams in the Sand" event being held this summer?

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

Congratulations to our April Trivia Winners: Matthew Blimline '88 and Bill Scanlan '13 – both received a Garden Gnome!

Did You Know?

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

CPE 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: County & State government, Education, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Non-profits, Pharmaceutical, and more! A minimum of 8-10 attendees is required for CPE to provide a subject matter expert at the most cost efficient price. Go to:  http://www.wcupa.edu/externalOperations/cpe/ for a list of course descriptions. We work with you to create meaningful content for delivery that fits your specifications, budget and timetable on-site or at an off campus location at The Graduate Center. For more information contact: dcook@wcupa.edu, 610-425-7437.

Graduate Center

West Chester University Alumni Association
610.436.2813 |  alumni@wcupa.edu  |  wcualumni.org
 

Alumni Office
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2813  •  alumni@wcupa.edu