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2013 University News Archives

December 23, 2013
Biology Students Earn International Prize for Waste-to-Fuel Experiment

Creating sustainably produced biofuels from waste may eventually become a greener, less energy-intensive process thanks to work by a group of West Chester University biology students.

December 12, 2013

Notable Alumni Address WCU Graduates at Winter 2013 Commencements

This year's winter commencement speakers brought their A games to the two ceremonies on Dec. 15

December 12, 2013
West Chester Is Again Named a Kiplinger's 100 Best Value

Only three Pennsylvania universities are on this year's Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of the 100 best values in public higher education

December 12, 2013
Anthony Grisillo
Alumnus Named PA Teacher of the Year

Anthony Grisillo, a 1996 West Chester University alumnus who has spent his career as an elementary school gifted support teacher in the Rose Tree Media School District, is Pennsylvania’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

November 19, 2013
Nadine Bean WCU
Journaling as Therapy for Veterans

Nadine Bean has discovered that community providers are hungry for training that helps veterans heal through creative expression, especially narrative writing. Her presentations and winter term course on social work for veterans and their families fill that niche. Learn More...

November 13, 2013
Heidi Hartmann

Co-Founder of Leading Think Tank on Women’s Issues to Lecture at West Chester

President of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Dr. Heidi Hartmann, is giving a lecture about gender equality at WCU on Wednesday November 13. Learn More...

October 31, 2013
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Ready for Teddy? Bear Fair Begins Nov. 1

The Bear Fair, WCU’s November tradition of collecting new teddy bears for children who are in hospitals and shelters during the holiday season, is now in its 17th year. In those years, more than 53,000 bears have been given to delighted children. Learn More...

October 30, 2013
Ashley Vitale WCU singer
Local Vocals: WCU Singer Wins NY Competition

Ashley Vitale just took first place in a New York contest. She’s pocketing $25,000 and heading to Nashville in a few months to audition for multiple record label executives. Learn More...

October 28, 2013
Mayor Carolyn Comitta
Community Forum on Civic Engagement at West Chester University

A panel discussion on civic engagement with radio host Cynthia Ericson, West Chester Borough mayor Carolyn Comitta and WCU faculty at WCU on Monday, November 11. Learn More...

October 22, 2013
Bob Woodward at WCU
Start of President's Speaker Series: Appearance by Award-Winning Journalist Bob Woodward Bob Woodward speaking on presidential leadership and the price of politics on November 1. Learn More...
October 11, 2013
Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Planetarium
WCU Students and Public Alike Benefit From New Planetarium Each year, thousands of children, local community groups and individuals attend its weekly private presentations and hour-long monthly evening shows - all which begin again on October 18. Learn More...
October 11, 2013
Sylvia Plath Birthday Commemoration
Poetry Center Hosts Sylvia Plath Birthday Party Oct. 27 Seven women poets, artists and scholars will read from Plath's works or their own work to commemorate Sylvia Plath's life on what would have been her 81st birthday. Learn More...
October 4, 2013
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Faculty Participate in Iraqi Education Forum The University's visibility was extended to the Middle East this week when West Chester faculty members travelled to Baghdad to participate in the third annual educational forum of Iraq's Higher Committee for Education Development. Learn More...
October 3, 2013
Latino Conference Oct 24 2013 West Chester
Latino Communities Conference Connects Cultures The Latino Communities Conference "Building Bridges/Construyendo Puentes" on Thursday, Oct. 24, brings decision-makers and the public together for the benefit of all communities. Learn More...
October 2, 2013
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Faculty to perform in Carnegie Hall Members of West Chester's music faculty, along with an alumna and student are being featured during the premiere concert performance of MOTO PERPETUO: MOVING WORKS FOR CELLO on October 15 at Carnegie Hall. Learn More...
September 25, 2013
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West Chester University named a "Military Friendly School" The Military Friendly Schools' designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Learn More...
September 25, 2013
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WCU to Host Forum on Agent Orange War veterans, military historians, medical professionals and veterans' family members are taking part in a series of panel discussions on the service-connected disabilities and birth defects of Agent Orange on Oct. 2. Learn More...
September 25, 2013
2013 Harry Kalas Award Winner Kenny Ayres WCU
Communications Studies Student Wins Coveted Kalas Award Kenny Ayres (Ambler, Pa.) was honored prior to a recent Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park when Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews presented him with the 2013 Harry Kalas Award. Learn More...
September 16, 2013
West Chester University Dr of Nursing Practice Degree
WCU's First Doctoral Program is in Nursing Practice The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a 35-credit online program, meeting the needs of the region's working nurses and their employers. Learn More...
September 12, 2013
"Supernatural" Fangirls Set for release in October, Fangasm, "Supernatural" Fangirls, is as much a memoir by two University professors of their adventuresome road trip as it is an investigative journey into the subculture of fandom. Learn More...
September 6, 2013
WCU and the American Helicopter Museum
Local Museum Honored for WCU Student ProjectAs a result of an educational project undertaken by WCU students at The American Helicopter Museum, the museum is being honored at the second annual History in Pennsylvania (HIP) awards ceremony Learn More...
September 4, 2014
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West Chester Kicks Off "The Big Read" Sept. 11 The University and more than a dozen Chester County community partners organized a platoon of events this fall that focus on Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Learn More...
September 4, 2013
The Big Read 2013 West Chesrer
WCU student selected for The Harrisburg Internship SemesterBrian Gallie of Pottstown working for House Speaker Sam Smith during fall semester internship. Learn More...
August 22, 2013
Ram Statue
West Chester Welcomes Students Back to Campus The University welcomes 2,304 freshman and 1,271 transfer students in addition to returning students when the Fall 2013 semester begins on Aug. 26. Learn More...
August 7, 2013
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Summer Experiences Overseas This summer, West Chester University students travelled far and wide to broaden their horizons both academically and personally.
August 2, 2013
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Beekeepers Swarm to Campus Aug. 5 - 9 More than 700 beekeepers, many of them new or small-scale operators, are on campus this week for a conference. A free family-friendly program takes place Aug. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., and a honey show and "Bee Yard" are also open to the curious.
July 25, 2013
A Successful Year Partnering with WEDnetPA In a unique partnership with the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA), West Chester University works with local companies to assess their training needs, develop training plans, submit funding applications and find qualified training providers.
July 24, 2013
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Honors Student Selected to Pearson Student Advisory Board Dan Hinderliter is one of only 12 students in U.S. and Canada to provide global company feedback on its existing and future products.
July 23, 2013
ACEER Foundation
ACEER Receives Peru's Top Environmental Education Award The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research has received Peru’s National Award of Environmental Citizenship for promoting conservation of the Amazon Rainforest.
July 18, 2013
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"Jump Start" Students Learn About College and the Teaching Field Twenty rising seniors from four Philadelphia high schools learn what it means to be a teacher in the week-long residential Jump Start program at WCU.
July 17, 2013
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West Chester Names New Dean of Health Sciences A former associate vice chancellor and provost of North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named dean of West Chester University's College of Health Sciences.
July 17, 2013
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WCU's Criterions Alumni Reunite for a Free Concert Each summer, with only one day of rehearsals, more than 20 West Chester University alumni from the exclusive jazz ensemble The Criterions gel to deliver a free concert of big band, jazz and swing music.
June, 24, 2013
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WCU's Dean of Business and Public Affairs named VP for External Operations Christopher Fiorentino, dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs, has agreed to serve as the University's first vice president for external operations with responsibilities for the creation and management of all off-campus educational locations, such as the University's new center city Philadelphia site at 7th and Market Sts., distance education programs and professional development studies.
May 17, 2013
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Marching Band's "Ritual Fire" Honored at National Conference The Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band’s "Ritual Fire" program was chosen as one of the 10 field shows – and the only one from a Division II school – to be featured at this spring's College Band Directors National Association Bi-Annual Conference.
May 14, 2013
NEA Awards $25,000 Grant to WCU Researcher WCU psychologist Eleanor Brown has been awarded a $25,000 NEA Art Works: Research grant to examine how being involved in arts enrichment programs affects stress responses in preschool children.
May 6, 2013
West Chester University Proudly Unveils New Logo After a year of collaboration between WCU staff, faculty, students and alumni West Chester University is proud to announce the new logo. View WCU's New Logo
May 3, 2013
WCU Marimba Player Wins National Solo Competition Marimba player Ben Andrews will perform with the U.S. Army Band at the U.S. Capitol in June.
April 15, 2013
WCU Senior Wins PASSHE's 2013 Ali-Zaidi Award Michael Jendzurski's exceptional achievements in academics and participation in service projects such as the Honors College’s annual Aid to South Africa event have been recognized by leaders at the State System.
April 15, 2013
Culture of Service Leads to Meaningful Experiences The Friars and Abbé Society were awarded the Crime Victims Center of Chester County’s John J. Crane Allied Professional Award for Excellence in Service to Victims, especially children. The students provided one county family with a special holiday experience that created lasting impressions for all involved.
April 14, 2013
Family Interactions and Adjusting to College How well first-year students transition to campus life may depend on how the members of their families typically relate to one another, say Susan Gans and Vanessa Johnson, both WCU psychology professors.
April 2, 2013
Service to Others Brings National Recognition to WCU For the eighth year, the University made the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. And getting a jump on next year's honor, WCU students helped the shattered Staten Island community for this year's alternative spring break.
March 21, 2013
WCU Forensics Achieves Excellence at National Tournament The WCU Forensics Speech and Debate Team earned national recognition this past weekend in St. Louis, MO at the Pi Kappa Delta Biannual National Speech and Debate Tournament.
March 20, 2013
PASSHE Unveils Philadelphia Multi-University Center Leaders from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education joined with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other distinguished guests to unveil the Philadelphia-Multi University Center in Center City.
March 18, 2013
Pilot Program to Expand WCU's International Enrollment The University's collaboration with INTERLINK Language Centers offers select international students the opportunity to immerse themselves in American culture and become proficient in English
March 14, 2013
WCU Honors Legacy of Leadership Inductees The six WCU alumni and two faculty members who are celebrated in this year's Student Affairs Legacy of Leadership ceremony on Saturday, March 16, embody the best of what leadership is all about.
March 6, 2013
WCU Students of Color Honor Their Mentors In commemoration of "National Women of Color" Day, several faculty and staff of color were honored for their support and mentoring of West Chester University students
February 20, 2013
Forensics Team Dominates State Championship West Chester University hosted the 2013 Pennsylvania Forensics Association State Championship, and WCU students bested the competition, taking the gold in 6 out of 11 events.
February 20, 2013
WCU Alumni Win Both NCTM Awards Only two Lifetime Achievement Medals are presented each year by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and two West Chester University alumni have been named the 2013 recipients.
February 7, 2013
WCU Senior Working with Sen. Vincent Hughes This Semester Senior political science major Yheralis Lantigua is getting first-hand experience in her field as a participant in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program.
January 9, 2013
West Chester University Alums Honored for Impact On Their Communities As part of the University's celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two West Chester alumni are being presented with "Drum Major for Justice" awards.
January 3, 2013
West Chester Named a 2012-2013 Best Value Public University by Kiplinger's Personal Finance West Chester University has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13. This is the sixth year West Chester has been included in the ranking, which cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

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