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New Business & Public Affairs Center 

"This fall, McCarthy Hall, a former University student residence at Sharpless and South Church Streets, is being demolished to make way for a 90,000-square-foot facility housing the majority of programs in the College of Business and Public Affairs.

'The new building is critical to the College's ability to continue attracting quality faculty and students,' says Christopher Fiorentino, WCU's Vice President for External Operations who, during his 20-year tenure as dean of Business and Public Affairs, oversaw much of that College's expansion.

Given the College of Business and Public Affairs' unprecedented growth over the last few years, larger and more up-to-date facilities had to become one of the University's key goals for its second largest college.  The new building will offer larger and more centralized classrooms, including an educational concept known as a "dinner theatre" classroom."

To read more about WCU's new Business building, click here.


Important Academic Information

Parents of new and returning students...

  • Keep important dates in mind!  The last day to withdraw from a class, or to complete No Grade work, or apply to audit a course is October 24.  Check the Registrar's Calendar.
  • Ask your student questions.  How is he or she doing?  What exams and grades have they gotten so far?
  • Has your student received an email from the Early Alert Program?  The Early Alert Program is a support service that helps identify students at risk of failing a course.
  • Scheduling for Spring and Winter semester:  Course registration began 10/12/14.  Students register based on credit.  Each student has an assigned date and time to register which can be found on their MyWCU page.  Students should meet with their advisor PRIOR to that date to have their advising hold lifted.  Any hold on the account will prevent students from registering.  Parents can do their part by paying bills in a timely manner.
  • We are halfway through the first semester!  Students may be feeling the pressure of mid-terms.  Encourage your student to take the time to organize schedules to include frequent study time since constant, fairly short study sessions are more effective for most students than last minute, hours-long efforts.

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!

STEM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Math) Career Fair
October 22, 12pm-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms
Make connections for internships and future employment!  Have your student log in to Ram Career Network to see who will be there to hire them.  Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume.

Social Sciences Career Fair
November 5, 12pm-2:30pm, Sykes Ballrooms
For a list of employers who will be in attendance, have your student log in to their Ram Career Network.

Plan for the Future!
On November 18, the Career Development Center will offer a session Will My Major Lead to Success?  Encourage your student to attend!  More details can be found here under the "Important Events" tab.

Students should start looking for scholarships now, since many become available in November and around the holidays.  Advise your student to check with their major and department to see when scholarship applications will be listed.  Students should check the Schock Financial Aid Office's Scholarship listings quite frequently for any new scholarship opportunities.
Plan ahead and get transcripts and letters of recommendation together and don't forget to always pay close attention to application deadlines!

Campus News

WCU's Masters of Public Administration Earns Prestigious Accreditation
"West Chester University recently earned international accreditation for its graduate program in Public Administration from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, the global standard in public service education.

West Chester's graduate public administation program is only the 4th MPA in Pennsylvania to be awarded this prestigious accreditation.  To earn NASPAA accreditation, a program must undergo a meticulous internal assessment and rigorous peer review process to meet the organization's requirements and mission."

To read more about WCU's Public Administration accreditation, click here.

WCU Partners with Irish College
"The "luck of the Irish" must have been with West Chester University during the development of its latest international partnership, with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick, Ireland.

"We went from the conceptual stage to the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding in just six months," notes West Chester's College of Education Dean Ken Witmer, who was instrumental in developing the collaboration.  Witmer was a visiting professor at MIC for one semester earlier in his career and as a result of his contacts, he was able to jump-start discussion and help the process move expeditiously."

WCU will welcome its first Mary Immaculate College student in January and four WCU students will be heading to Limerick next Spring.

More about WCU's latest partnership, can be found here.

Boiler Plant Decommissioning Ceremony Caps Campus Sustainability Day
"Annually across the United States, universities host events for Sustainability Day each Oct. 22, six months before the next Earth Day.

The highlight of West Chester University's Sustainability Day this year is the decommissioning ceremony for the University's coal-fired power plant.  The event will take place at 4pm on Wednesday, Oct. 22 along North Campus Drive to the south of Goshen Hall, with the boiler plant as a backdrop.

Thanks to its geothermal initiative, WCU no longer burns coal to heat many of its buildings and provide hot water.  Most of the North Campus academic buildings and residence halls, which had depended on the coal-burning plant for steam heat, have been converted to the more efficient method of heating and cooling."

More information on the decommissioning of WCU's boiler plant, available here.

Upcoming Campus Events

WCU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents:

The Wedding Singer
October 17, 18, 8pm
October 19, 2pm
October 23, 24, 25, 8pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
Tickets: $12-$15
For tickets, visit tickets.wcupa.edu
or visit the Box Office located in the E.O. Bull Center, open 1-3pm Mon-Fri.

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room!  It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar.

"Revisiting the Galileo Affair"
Friday, October 24, 7pm
Mather Planetarium
"Busting myths about Galileo, the Pope, and the Cosmos" is a special lecture by Dr. Brent Ruswick from the WCU Department of History.  The lecture will be followed by a short planetarium presentation by Dr. Karen Schwarz. 
Free event!  More information, here.

Voca People
Friday, November 14, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
You won't believe your ears! Eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on Earth!  This international hit features over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs you and your whole family love!
For tickets, click here.

Imprints, A Dance Concert
Friday, November 14, 8pm
Saturday, November 15, 2pm & 8pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
University Dance Company's annual fall concert, Imprints, includes work by current WCU dance faculty and professional guest dance artists from the Philadelphia metro area and beyond.
More information, here.

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