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Family Picnic!

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Join fellow WCU families in celebration of Family Weekend!

Family
Picnic
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Noon-2 PM
School of Music Practice Field

RSVP TODAY!  Event sells out quickly!


Enjoy lively music, activities, prize drawings and great picnic food!
PRIZE drawings are for (2) $500 scholarship awards, and a $250 WCU Bookstore gift card.

Drawings will be held at 1pm - must be present to win!

Tickets: $15 per adult, $10 per child (12 & under)
FREE for WCU students with WCU ID
To purchase tickets:
www.wcufoundation.org/familypicnic
Questions? Call: 610-738-0530 or Email: events@wcufoundation.org


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Important Academic Information

Tips for Fall!
Paren
ts of new and returning students remind your students to...

  • Keep important dates in mind! The LAST DAY to withdraw from a class, complete No Grade work, or apply to audit a course (subject to approval by the professor) is October 24.  Check the Registrar's Calendar.
  • Plan to seek academic help BEFORE it's an emergency by signing up for tutoring or for academic skills assistance: Learning Assistance Resource Center
  • Parents of New Students: Encourage your students to attend all or some of the New Student Success Series offered by New Student Programs.
  • Plan for the future.  On November 18th the Career Development Center will offer a session Will My Major Lead to Success?
  • Encourage students to meet with Academic Advisors.  Students can resolve questions about schedules by meeting with their academic advisors.  Students should NOT withdraw from courses without consulting with an advisor.
  • New students with 0-10.5 earned credits get to schedule fairly early.  First semester students should see their advisors around the end of September through mid-October.  No student is able to enroll in courses for following semesters if his/her MyWCU account has any HOLDS.  Parents can do their part by paying bills in a timely manner.

Resources for Career Planning & Employment

The Twardowski Career Development Center assists students with identifying and exploring career options as well as building the skills needed to secure rewarding employment opportunities, both while still in college and after graduation.

How to make an appointment? Call: 610-436-2501!
Drop-in hours are Mon.-Fri., 1:00-3:00 pm, no appointments needed!

Does your student have a major or career goal in mind? 
Students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one appointments with career professionals who can support the process of identifying and clarifying academic and career goals. 

Employer Information Tables
Ongoing all Semester!
Employers set up Information Tables in Sykes Student Union or the Lawrence Center to promote their jobs and internships for WCU students. Students can look under the EVENTS section of their Ram Career Network account for a complete listing of employers who will be hosting tables.

Ram Career Network
There's now an EASY way for your student to find jobs and internships!  WCU's Ram Career Network is an online one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers.

Business & Communication Career Fair
October 1, 12:00 - 2:30PM, Sykes Union 10 (lower level)
The career center hosts a range of career fairs to connect students with potential employment opportunities, both internships and post-graduation jobs.  Click here for a full listing of career fairs this semester.

Life Skills
Life Skills is a FREE online program that provides information that will help your student be successful while they are in school and after they have graduated.  For more information on Life Skills to share with your student, click here.

Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Share with your student what to do if an emergency of a psychological nature occurs for them or a friend while at school. Information can be found here.
Be sure that your student has the number for WCU Public Safety (610-436-3311) saved into their cell-phone! 

If your student is having a difficult time adjusting to life away at college, please encourage them to make an appointment at the Counseling Center

Health Services
Be sure that your student is aware of the NEW location of the Health & Wellness Center at Commonwealth Hall.  To gain access, go around the building to the ground floor entrance facing Lawrence Dining Hall.

Flu shots are now scheduled! Keep your student healthy and in class by encouraging them to get a flu immunization. Locations and times available, here.
Campus News

WCU ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
On Thursday, September 4th, President Weisenstein took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after receiving a nomination from Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and West Chester Mayor, Carolyn Comitta.  Watch the video, as President Weisenstein takes on the challenge and encourages all WCU students to donate to ALS research.  Go Rams!

International Study: Transformational Experiences
"In just two years, the number of West Chester University students participating in international programs has more than doubled, in part because study abroad opportunities are now centralized under the University's Center of International Programs.  CIP manages the University's study abroad experiences in more than 50 countries, from short-term programs to semester and year-long programs."
To read more about WCU's expanding study abroad experiences, click here.
If your student is interested in studying abroad, you can visit the Center for International Programs' webpage for more information.

Student Birthday Cake Packages
Nothing says "I'm thinking of you" more than sending a customized cake to your WCU student.  Send a birthday cake to your student to let them know you are thinking of them on their special day!  Made to order packages allow you to choose your cake and icing flavors as well as your personalized message!
Please contact Catering Sales Office at 610-436-3130, newstreetcatering@wcupa.edu, or wcucatering.catertrax.com to learn more about their different packages.  Please provide 48 hours notice for preparation.

Upcoming Campus Events

35th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival
Sunday, September 21, 12-5:30pm
Downtown West Chester
More than 65 restaurants, caterers and food vendors are participating with nearly 110 arts & crafts vendors and information booths, three stage areas for live music and the "Church Street Cafe!"

Dead Man's Cell Phone
September 25, 26, 27, 8pm
September 27, 28, 2pm
E.O. Bull Center for the Arts
J.Peter Adler Studio
Tickets: $10 General Admission
Dead Man's Cell Phone - A work about how we memorialize the dead, this is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
To purchase tickets, click here.

WCU Family Weekend
Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday, Sept. 28
WCU welcomes parents and families of current students to visit during Family Weekend!  
Family Weekend schedule available here!

West Chester Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, October 12, 10:30am-4pm
Downtown West Chester
More information, here.

Gaelic Storm
Thursday, October 16, 8pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
In 1997, Gaelic Storm appeared in the film Titanic as the steerage band. This appearance catapulted them into the touring scene;  their performances were met with critical praise and popularity.
Click here for tickets or more information.

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868
 

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868