August 24, 2017
President Christopher Fiorentino will give his Welcome Back to WCU address on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. The free event brings the entire campus community together to kick off the fall semester.
Several facelifts greet new and returning students, faculty, and staff. Ruby Jones is having its façade restored to its 1899 appearance with repairs to the serpentine stone and new dentil molding along the eaves. And Rammy has undergone a transformation. Stay tuned for an announcement about when the Rammy makeover will be revealed.
Sykes & Student Conveniences
Sykes Student Union sparkles with improvements from brand-new entry doors and a highly visible Information Desk to a completed revamped Ram's Head Food Court. And campus has spoken: We want to "Eat Mor Chikin" so this fall, a full-service Chick-fil-A opens in the Ram's Head Food Court.
Dave Timmann, director of Sykes Student Union, is enjoying the renovated and expanded Sykes administrative offices. He notes that "the ground floor level features the renovated Ram's Den with a new Java City coffee concept called 'ecoGrounds.' The smaller meeting room 10B has been redesigned with movable walls to allow the space to open into a larger venue. By the end of October the two exterior patios will be joined together by a bridge that includes a pergola and seating, connecting the front of the building to the food court."
Behind Sykes, along Roslyn Road, there is a passive recreation site over geothermal wells near the pump house. Among the improvements coming for this "Ram Park" are tables and seating.
A few new or improved conveniences for students include the E.O. Bull Center POD (Provisions on Demand) site and College Arms' new laundry facility.
Interactive Campus Artworks
In the outdoor classroom behind the planetarium and the Schmucker/Merion link sits a bright blue and yellow "Sun Sculpture" that moves with the breeze. Fittingly, Sun Sculpture also has a solar-powered element that interacts with the vibrant mosaic surrounding the Mather Planetarium entrance. As its elements rotate, it bounces light off the mirrors and tiles designed and installed by alumna Rhoda Kahler '94 as "Constellation." Kahler, Sun Sculpture artist David Beck, and donor Helga Knox '79, who made the installation possible, were recognized at a ceremony on Aug. 21.
Near the corner of Brandywine residence hall, "Naked Alien" has landed. Its movement appears to defy physics. Despite being 16 feet tall and all aluminum and steel, the sculpture was calibrated to be extremely sensitive to the environment and will move in breezes under one mph. Created by Jeff Kahn in 2004, the kinetic piece is a gift from Lis and Michael Kalogris. The official dedication will occur early this fall. Click here to view this sculpture in motion.
Saxby's coffee shop is coming to the corner of Linden and High streets, next to Burrito Loco (the old Papa Johns location). Millersville University has one, as do several universities in Philadelphia.
Fencing will help pedestrians with safe crossings of Rosedale Avenue at the Admissions Building (Messikomer) and along High Street in front of College Arms.
Some of the University's identity branding that may be less visible includes installation of more of the antique-style but efficiently modern, energy-saving exterior lighting.