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Student Employment

The WCU Foundation Phonathon is Hiring!

Students can earn money while directly impacting their University!
As a Phonathon Representative, your student will work from a convenient campus location and be able to choose a work schedule that fits their needs.  Your student will also enhance their resume, gain strong communication skills, and help raise support for WCU students and programs in a fun, rewarding work environment!

If your student is interested in joining the Phonathon Team, have them complete an application and return to Marilynn Touni at WCU Foundation, PO Box 541, West Chester, PA 19381.

For more information, visit www.wcufoundation.org/phone OR email Marilynn at phonathon@wcufoundation.org.

Important Academic News

The application was made available on January 1st.

Federal School Code: 003328
Contact the Financial Aid Office or visit their website for more information. 

FAFSA Filing Workshop
Saturday, February 21, 9am-12pm
25 University Avenue Rm 103 - MATH STAT LAB 1
Incoming students and their families are invited to file their FAFSA with the help of a Financial Aid Counselor.

2015-2016 Student Employment Deadline - February 13, 2015
The priority deadline to complete the 2015-16 Student Employment Application for federal need based work study is 2/13/15.  Students who apply after this date may be waitlisted.


Students should be looking now for scholarships!  Advise your student to check with their major and department to see when and which scholarships will be available.  Students should check the Schock Financial Aid Office's scholarship listings quite frequently for any new scholarship opportunities!

You can also search for private scholarships, here.

WCU Financial Aid Scholarship Application
Monday, February 23 - Sunday, March 29
The WCU Financial Aid Scholarship packet is now available in the Office of Financial Aid at 25 University Ave (ground floor).

V-Day Scholarship Contest
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30-8:30pm, Sykes Ballroom B
Students will be able to enter to win a $10,000 scholarship from DoSomething.org by creating valentines for senior citizens.  Students will also be able to fill out their work study applications, sign-up for FAFSA Filing Week, and learn about other scholarship opportunities.  Students should bring their cell phones, any cards previously made, and any questions about financial aid.

Tips for Spring!
Parents of new and returning students, remind your students:

  • The LAST DAY to withdraw from a class, or to complete No Grade work or apply to audit a course (subject to approval by the professor) is March 27th.  Check the Registrar's Calendar.
  • Parents of returning students who have to complete ACADEMIC RECOVERY PLANS or NO GRADES (NG on transcripts) should remind students to see advisors and professors as soon as possible to complete those academic obligations.
  • Students on Academic Probation should be meeting individually with counselors in the Learning Assistance & Resource Center (LARC), and must complete the ARP (Academic Recovery Plan) with their advisor.
  • Summer and Fall Scheduling will begin as early as February 22nd for some students.  Scheduling dates will be posted on each MyWCU account.  Students should schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor before their scheduling date to discuss the upcoming semester.
  • Use a planner.  Take time to organize schedules to include frequent study time since constant, fairly short, study sessions are more effective than last-minute, hours-long efforts.  Plan to seek academic help BEFORE it's an emergency by signing up for tutoring or for academic skills assistance - information here.
  • Act to ensure that students who have learning and other disabilities are able to receive accommodations.  If students want accommodations in college, they must bring their IEP or 504 records to a meeting with the WCU Office of Service for Students with Disabilities.  They should check the website for criteria and contact information.
Career Development
Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, February 25, 11am-3pm, Sykes Ballrooms
Encourage your student to attend in professional attire and bring resumes to talk to 60-70 employers looking to hire them!
"Ask an Employer" - Fridays from 1-3pm, Career Development Center
Students may get an employer's direct feedback about interviewing, resumes, professionalism, and jobs!
  • Featured Employers:
    • Target - February 11, 2015
    • Peace Corps - February 18, 2015
    • Vanguard - March 3, 2015
    • The Goshen Group - April 1, 2015
    • Reminder Media - April 15, 2015
Campus News

Service to Others Brings National Recognition to WCU
"For the ninth consecutive year, West Chester University's student volunteers have ensured the University a place on the prestigious President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, West Chester students recorded 605,532 hours of service to area organizations, schools, and communities and individuals.  These hours are from student clubs and organizations, field experiences and student teaching, service learning courses, residence hall associations, athletics, and volunteer work performed with non-profit agencies or governmental organizations."
To read the full article, click here.  

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 Events

 WCU Graduate Open House
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Sykes Student Union Ballrooms
Meet graduate coordinators, talk to financial aid counselors, discuss graduate assistantship opportunities, and receive a $50 application fee waiver for Fall 2015.
More information, here.

 Spring Student Organization Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10am-2pm

Sykes Student Union Ballrooms
Encourage your student to attend!  Meet and greet with over 65 WCU organizations and clubs and learn how to get involved! 

Black Violin
Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music.  Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013.
Ticket information, here.

All's Well That Ends Well
February 26 -  March 1
E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, Main Stage Theatre

Told through the lens of a fairytale, this production promises all the love, laughs, drama, and action in this classic Shakespeare play.
Performed by our students in the Department of Theatre & Dance.
For times and ticket information, click 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