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Learn More about WCU Communication Studies
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Her career has people talking

A magna cum laude graduate in WCU’s Communication Studies program, Kathy Romano has been with WMMR’s Preston and Steve show since late 2003 and has worked at Comcast Sportsnet as a roving reporter and as the in-arena host for the Philadelphia 76ers for four seasons. From public speaking to political rhetoric, conflict resolution to cultural communication, students in the University’s Communication Studies program can enter a broad variety of fields or pursue advanced degrees. Those who major in communication studies often complete a minor in fields such as journalism, political science, psychology, English, peace and conflict studies, theater, studio art, or women's studies. This year, students will have the opportunity to participate in the new public access cable TV station (Verizon channel 33) headquartered on campus, as well as the student-run newspaper and radio, the forensics team, and in several communications organizations.
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Learn More about the DNA Discussion Project
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Finding out who you really are

In the 11 years she has taught intercultural communications, professor of Communication Studies Anita Foeman has observed that students – actually, most people – are willing to share narratives about themselves and their families because "they are longing to be known, to feel that someone cares about them and about their story." Since 2006, Foeman has undertaken a project that takes a closer look at individuals' family narratives and compares their "stories" to what DNA testing tells them about their ethnic heritage, often with surprising results. Her goal: to encourage people to “…talk about diversity in a new, positive and engaging way."
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Learn More about Sandra Fowkes-Godek
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Helping athletes play it safe

Sandra Fowkes-Godek, director of the HEAT Institute (Heat Illness Evaluation Avoidance and Treatment), has attracted national attention through her research on thermoregulation, hydration and electrolyte replacement in football players. She is the thermoregulation and hydration consultant to the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Phantoms. Her most recent endeavors focus on how a specially concocted high-sodium slushie mixture helps college and professional athletes perform their best and avoid heat illness during pre-season football practices in hot humid weather.
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Learn More about the Liquid Life Laboratory
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Helping the future take shape

Students working with Frank Fish in his Liquid Life Laboratory at West Chester University learn how nature's designs can improve technology. Wind turbine blades, developed from his research, mimic the "bumpy" edges of humpback whale flippers and produce more energy with much less wind. With funding by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and in cooperation with the University of Virginia, Princeton University, and UCLA, Dr. Fish and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are studying giant manta rays.
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Learn More about Dr. Michael Cirigliano
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His career puts the spotlight on good health

People across the region know him as Dr. Mike on Fox29 and as a "Top Doc" recognized by Philadelphia Magazine for the past seven years. But, interestingly, Michael Cirigliano'82 majored in music as an undergraduate at West Chester University. After graduating summa cum laude, he completed science coursework at West Chester and was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine. Today, West Chester successfully places 95% of its pre-med students in some of the country's top medical, dental, and veterinary schools in the U.S. and abroad.
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Learn More about John Nickolas WCU '90
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He hit his career out of the ball park

John Nickolas, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Philadelphia Phillies, was like any kid growing up in Northeast Philly rooting for the Phillies. His success is rooted in his decision over 20 years earlier to transfer to West Chester University's accounting program. One of the best programs in the region, CEOs and corporate recruiters routinely praise its graduates for their preparedness and outstanding work ethic.
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Learn More about Kiplinger's Top 100 "Best Values"
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"Best Value "

For the fourth year in a row, West Chester University has been named as one of Kiplinger's 100 "best values" in public education. Kiplinger ranks schools according to academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, tuition, average debt, financial aid, and four- and six-year graduation rates. West Chester was selected from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities.
Kiplinger's 100 Best Values in Public Education

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Learn More about WCU's School of Music
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All Steinway School

West Chester University has the only school of music in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, it is among a small number of prestigious "All Steinway" schools worldwide.

With an expansive glass façade evocative of a grand piano, the School of Music, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, includes a performing arts theater, a recital hall with recording features, art gallery, percussion and instrumental rehearsal areas, state-of-the-art music labs, over 50 practice and studio rooms, and a 3,000 square foot library.
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Learn More about WCU's MBA program
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"Learn online or in-class "

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) - the premier global accrediting body for business programs - WCU's MBA program's comprehensive curriculum exposes students to a wide-range of business issues taught by high quality, real-world focused faculty and delivered in formats (in-class or online) that are responsive to working professionals' needs and requirements.
West Chester University MBA

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Learn More about WCU's NSA
certified Computer Science Program
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"NSA Certified "

The Computer Science department is home to the Information Security Center whose efforts have established West Chester University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (Security) Education, offering coursework which has been certified by the National Security Agency. The department also is home to the Internet Safety, Ethics Education and Knowledge (ISEEK) Institute dedicated to the understanding of social implications of Internet technologies.
Computer Science Department

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Learn More about WCU's Pharmaceutical
Product Development Program
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"Nation's first pharmaceutical product development program "

Developed through extensive dialog with key industry leaders, this bachelor of science in pharmaceutical product development is interdisciplinary in nature. Students acquire a solid foundation in the basic and pharmaceutical sciences, as well as experience in technical writing, oral communication, statistics (including SAS programming), economics, and biomedical ethics. While the primary focus of the curriculum is on drug development and discovery, the versatility of the program enables students to become proficient in numerous areas of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Pharmaceutical Product Development

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Learn More about WCU's Poetry Conference
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"Nation's largest conference devoted exclusively to poetry"

This annual event remains unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry.
Learn More about the Poetry Conference

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