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Alumni Weekend 2014!

Alumni Weekend isn't just for alumni!  You can visit your student and take part in campus events during the weekend.  Come see WCU in bloom, spend some quality time with your student and attend some of our FREE events!

Events for Students and Parents

Saturday, April 26th
Lip Dub Video

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Academic Quad
Cost: FREE

The Purple & Gold Club is creating a Lip Dub Video to generate WCU pride and wants students, alumni, and friends of the University to participate!  Click here to learn more!

Spring Football Game
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Farrell Stadium
Cost: FREE

Sunday, April 27th

West Chester Ram Run 5K
Time: Registration starts at 7 a.m., Race starts at 8:30 a.m.
Location: WCU South Campus/Gordon Natural Area
Cost:$15/$25
Click here for more information and to register!

Campus BBQ and Carnival
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Residential Quad (between Sykes and Lawrence)
(in case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled)
Cost: FREE
For a FULL listing of scheduled events including athletic games, click here!

Important Academic News

The semester is near an end!
April is the last full month of the semester.
Students should have a good sense of how they are doing in their classes.  Students struggling in classes are encouraged to visit the Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) for tutoring and/or talk to their professors during office hours.

The last day to request a term withdrawal is Monday, April 28th. 
Students must submit the Term Withdrawal Form to the Registrar's Office.  All courses will be withdrawn from the student's record and be given a "W" for the indicated term.

Information on Finals Week:

Due to the significant number of class days that have been missed this winter, Final Exam week will be converted to a week of instruction.  Classes will meet as usual during the final week of the semester, Monday through Friday (May 5 through 9).  Exams or regular class work (as determined by the instructor) can be completed during this week during regularly scheduled class times. 
For students in courses where the final exam was at a common time with other sections (such as certain accounting, math, and language courses), individual faculty will provide students with further details about exams.
If your student has any questions about a course's final exam time due to the change in finals week this year, they should contact their professor for that course as soon as possible. 

Here are some tips you can suggest to your student as they prepare for their finals:

  • Start Early - Set a schedule to begin studying early, use a planner, make flashcards, and create a study guide.  Advanced preparation helps to avoid cramming for exams.
  • Encourage Breaks - Long study sessions (over 3 hours) are not as productive as shorter study sessions (1-2 hours).  Students should plan to take a break.  Breaks could involve getting some exercise, taking a nap, watching a little TV or going to eat with some friends.
  • Healthy Eating - Students should eat foods that fuel the brain.  Junk food can lead to energy spikes followed by energy crashes.
  • Avoid Distractions - 1 hour of studying in a quiet area is more effective than 2 hours in a noisy area.  Turn off cell-phones for an hour or two.  Get away from TVs and games.  If social media is a distraction, perhaps a friend can hold onto devices while studying.
Be sure to share this article on the best ways to prepare for final exams with your student so that they can ace their finals!

Summer Classes can be taken at WCU or another institution.  Students can catch up or get a head by taking summer courses!  Please be aware that not all courses are offered during the summer sessions.  Students repeating a course during the summer for a better grade MUST take the course at West Chester University.  Please visit the Registrar's website to look at course equivalencies.  The Transfer Credit Permission form must be submitted before taking the course.
First five-week summer session: May 27th to June 28th.
Second five-week summer session:  June 30th to August 2nd.
Third (post) summer session: August 4th to August 22nd.
For more information on summer courses and how to register, follow this link.

Financial Aid Information
2014-2015 Board of Governor's Scholarship application can be found here.  Completed applications with ALL requested documentation must be returned to the Financial Aid Office, Attn. Barbara Fenton by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Is your student graduating or enrolled less than part time (6 credits)?  Your student is required to complete an Exit Interview.  If he/she received a Teach Grant and/or a Federal Student Loan as part of their financial aid package, they are required to complete an Exit Interview when they leave or cease to be enrolled in less than 6 credits.  You can find more information on the Exit Interview, here.

Check the status of your financial aid and alerts via MyWCU.  Also be sure to check your student's WCU email account.  Student Loans must be ACCEPTED to appear on your account.

More information from the Financial Aid Office is available here.  Check out the Parent page on the Financial Aid site, as well!

Bursar's Office Information
Summer 2014 Semester Bill Dates:

Tuition bills for Summer Session One (May 27th through June 28th) will be sent electronically to the WCU e-mail account of all registered students and QuikPAY Authorized Users.
2014 Summer Session One tuition bills are due May 8th.

Direct deposit of student refunds are now available.  To sign up, click the Direct Deposit Refund link on your student's MyWCU account.

FAQ:
Check out the Bursar's FAQ page to answer any questions you may have regarding tuition payment, ordering transcripts, and more!

Parent Information:
The Parent and Guardian page on the Bursar's Office site provides information on electronic billing, payments, and accessing QuikPAY.

Work Study Employment
The Summer 2014 Federal Work Study student employment application can be found here.  Priority deadline for the application is June 30th.

More information on the Federal Work Study Program is available on the Schock Financial Aid Website.  You can also find information on Non-Federal Work Study student employment opportunities at the bottom of the page.

Off-Campus Housing:
Is your student still looking for off-campus housing for next year?  WCU has partnered with Places4students.com, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions.  The service is FREE for all students and allows them to find roommates as well as places to live.  For more informaton on Off-Campus and Communter Services, click here.

Helpful Resources

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.
Does your student have a major?  Does your student have a 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.  Self-assessment inventories may be utilized to help identify how their interests, personality, values, and skills relate to various majors and careers.

How to make an appointment? Students can call 610-436-2501!
Drop-in hours are every weekday, 2:00-3:30pm, no appointment needed!

Does your student have a resume?
One key element to finding a great job on campus, a career-related internship, or a full-time position after graduation is a well-written resume.  The career center has a detailed resume writing guide online including a range of samples.  Via one-on-one appointments and daily drop-in hours, students can get personal assistance with how to best present their skills and accomplishments to prospective employers.

Does your student want an internship or a job?  Employers from the region are eager to connect with WCU students.  The center coordinated an on-campus recruiting program as well as career fairs on campus and within the Philadelphia region.

Ram Career Network is the online, one-stop career management system for WCU students, alumni, and employers.  Hundreds of jobs and internships are posted weekly just for WCU students and alumni;  There are also state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location!  Look for the logo on the Career Development Center home page.  

All current WCU students have an account in Ram Career Network!  Encourage your student to log in using their WCU Network email and password (the same used to log in to MyWCU and D2L).  When a student uploads a resume it is automatically reviewed by one of the career center professionals and the student receives emailed feedback within two business days.  With an approved resume, students can apply to internships and jobs right within Ram Career Network!

Does your student have the interviewing skills needed to secure a job or internship?
The keys to a successful interview are preparation, research, and practice.  Students may schedule 45-minute mock interviews with career services professionals.  Interview Stream is an innovative web-based mock interview system that enables students to practice online via a web-cam, with the ability to record and review responses in order to best prepare!

The Twardowski Career Development Center also offers alumni services for life!  So for parents and families with seniors about to graduate, encourage your students to take advantage of their services even after graduation!

705 S. New Street, 225 Lawrence Center, West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2501
Email: cdc@wcupa.edu
Website: www.wcupa.edu/cdc

Upcoming Campus Events

For Parent Enews
 WCU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents:

Perpetual Motion, A Dance Concert
Artistic Directors: Gretchen Studlien-Webb and Maria Urrutia
April 24, 25, and 26, 8:00pm
April 26, 2:00pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Swope Performing Arts Center
Tickets $10-$12, General Admission

University Dance Company's annual spring concert, Perpetual Motion, celebrates the highly creative choreography and production design of WCU students in the styles ranging from modern to ballet to hip hop and everything in between.  The concert also includes work by current WCU dance faculty.

 Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.wcupa.edu, in person at the WCU Campus Box Office, or 1 hour before curtain time (if not sold out) at the Dept. of Theatre and Dance box office.    

Purchase tickets/Questions? Call 610-436-2533 or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu

Whistleblower Tour
Sykes Student Union Theater
Wednesday, April 23, 12:00pm
Former National Security Agency senior  executives and cryptomathematicians William Binney and Thomas Drake speak  to the tension between national security and civil liberties.

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles

Ware Family Recital Hall
Thursday, April 24, 8:15pm

Spring Concert: Mayday Parade
Hollinger Field House
Thursday, April 24, 7:00pm
If your student is interested in attending the Spring Concert, tickets are still available and can be bought at the SSI Service Window.
$16 with valid WCU student ID, $15 if paying with Rambucks

Loosening Our Minds Queer and Feminist Film Festival
Brandywine Hall, Room 031
Saturday, April 26, 1:00pm
Short films submitted by students that revolve around social justice, empowerment, awareness, disrupting oppressive dialogue, and breaking the binary system.  For more information: looseningourminds@gmail.com

Brandywine Ballet: "Beauty and the Beast"
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Friday, May 2, 10:00am
Saturday, May 3, 4:00pm
Sunday, May 4, 2:00pm
For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

2014 Undergraduate Commencement
Farrell Stadium
Saturday, May 10, 10:00am & 3:00pm

2014 Graduate Commencement
Hollinger Field House
Monday, May 12, 7:00pm

Full listing of WCU Events

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