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WCU Parents Ring In!

Last year, nearly 1,600 generous and dedicated WCU parents raised over $130,000 for West Chester University's Parents Fund.  Support of the Parents Fund enables WCU to provide more scholarships to students in need, improve classroom technology and facilities, recruit the best faculty, and maintain academic excellence.

Please join our committed WCU parents by making your gift to the Parents Fund, today!  Your gift, no matter the size, will help WCU continue to provide students with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals, beyond what is covered by tuition and state funding.

Show your WCU Parent Pride and give thanks to WCU during this season of giving with your tax-deductible gift!  Your gift will benefit your WCU student and their fellow classmates in the coming semester.  Click the "Donate Now" button to support the Parents Fund today!  Or visit www.wcufoundation.org/GiveTuesday.

Don't wait! Our students are counting on the support of dedicated parents, like you, to help meet our students' ever-changing needs, provide additional security on and off campus, offer emergency scholarships, and enhance each students' college experience!

Thank you for your support!

Important Academic News

Financial Aid - Make sure to update information if you need to!
The 2015-2016 FAFSA Application is Available January 1st.
Priority Deadline - March 1st
Federal School Code: 003328
Contact the Financial Aid Office or visit their website for more information. 
Use this winter break to discuss the economy and finances with the students in your household.

Bursar Reminder
Winter 2014 Semester Bills are due on December 2, 2014.
Spring 2015 Semester Bills are due on December 11, 2014.

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!

During Winter Break, encourage your student to search and apply for scholarships.  Take a look at some, here.

You can also search for private scholarships, here.

Finals, Papers and Projects!  They're important!
Tips for surviving the last week of classes and finals:

  • Family holidays are coming up, but please help your student stay focused on school for this last critical week of the semester!
  • Encourage students to study often, not for many hours at one time!
  • Help students use LIBRARY resources.  Everything is NOT available online!  Librarians are effective guides to materials and source development. Library resources can be found here.
  • Remind your student to bring papers from ANY course to the Writing Center.  Writing tutors will help students generate ideas, organize papers, and check grammar and mechanics.
Winter Session - Is your student taking a winter term course? What happens if a student didn't do well?
Probation and Dismissal letters will go out before the end of this calendar year. 
Students who want to succeed academically in the future must follow the directions in the letter.
Students must contact their advisors and make arrangements to complete an Academic Recovery Plan ASAP.

More information on WCU's academic policies can be found here.

Career Development
Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, February 25, 11am-3pm, Sykes Ballrooms
  • More than 20 employers are looking to connect with WCU students and alumni for jobs (FT/PT) and internships in the social services fields.
  • Students and alumni may access a full list of employers via Ram Career Network.
"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 Employer Friday, 12/5: Evolve IP
On-Campus Interviews: Sign up through Ram Career Network to meet with a recruiter from the featured companies:
  • WB Mason, Wednesday, 12/3, Entry Level 1 Outside Sales Representative
  • TE Connectivity, Friday, 12/5, Tax Intern and Tax Information Systems/Technology Intern
The Career Development Center is OPEN through Winter Break with normal office hours including drop-in hours.  Check the calendar on the Career Center's homepage for any changes.
Campus News

Junior Named an Everyday Young Hero

WCU junior Megan Hess has a passion for helping families that cancer has invaded, and her good deeds have been noted.  She was just named an Everyday Young Hero by Youth Service America (YSA), an international leader in the youth service movement.  Every Day Young Heroes, chosen weekly from across the country by YSA, are young people up to age 25 who are improving their communities through service to others.

Hess has earned this national recognition for her role as Bringing Hope Home (BHH) WCU Chapter president and for hosting a Halloween costume 5K run, raising $1,700 to help a local single mother pay her bills while undergoing cancer treatment.  The tag line for the event: "Because fighting cancer alone is scary."

"This cause is very close to my heart," says the nursing major from Bethel, PA.  "I will be helping families battling cancer for the rest of my life.  It is my passion."
Click here to read the interview with WCU's Everyday Young Hero, Megan Hess.

Planning to visit your student at WCU this holiday season?  The Residence Inn has a special WCU Rate!
Wake up to a complimentary breakfast.  Leave behind a list of groceries you'd like picked up.  Mingle with your neighbors at evening socials.  Then, retire to your spacious suite and comfy bed at night. 
Call for a special WCU Rate!
10 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341

610.594.9705 www.marriott.com/PHLRX

"Food for Thought" - WCU Student Finals Snack Packages
Send your WCU student some brain food to get through those long hours of studying with an energizing snack package!
Package Includes: Home-made Trail Mix, Pretzels, House-made S'mores Brownies, CRUNCH time Chex Mix, Soup Cup with Crackers, Whole Fruit, and Bottle Water.
$40 per package
Order by December 2nd to have the package available before Finals start!
For more information or to order, contact New Street Catering:
(610) 436-3130

Upcoming Events

 Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
Friday, December 5, 7:15pm
Downtown, West Chester
West Chester's grandest parade is the highlight of the

Winter holiday season with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making
the event a true extravaganza.
More information, here.

 The Brandywine Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 21
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
For tickets and more information, click here. 

Undergraduate Commencement
Sunday, December 14, 2014, Hollinger Field House

WCU will have two undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, December
14th.  There will be a Morning Ceremony at 10am and an
Afternoon Ceremony at 1:30pm.  More information can be found here.

Graduate Commencement 

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7pm, Hollinger
Field House
More information on the Graduate Commencement Ceremony is

available 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