Ram Fam Engagement Events

Below, you will find a listing of the Office of Parent and Family Relations signature events, which are specifically created and curated for members of the Ram Fam. Events typically include on-demand and live programming for members of our Ram Fam to enjoy at their convenience. To access recordings of past events, please visit our Youtube Channel

Please contact Lexie McCarthy, Director of Parent and Family Relations, at AMcCarthy@wcupa.edu with questions.

WCU Family Weekend

Save our Date - Family Weekend 2022

Join us in West Chester September 23-25, 2022 !  Whether you are a Chester County local or from outside mid-Atlantic, we welcome all members of the Ram Fam to participate in Family Weekend 2022. Family Weekend is a great time to spend time with you student, connect with West Chester University, and experience life as a Golden Ram! We are planning a weekend for you filled with fun, tradition, and unique experiences. You will have the opportunity to meet other members of the Ram Fam, faculty, and University administrators. You won't want to miss this fun-filled weekend! 

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Family Weekend 2021 - September 17 - 19, 2021

Whether you are a Chester County local or from outside mid-Atlantic, we welcome all members of the Ram Fam to participate in Family Weekend on September 17 – 19, 2021. Family Weekend is a great time to spend time with you student, connect with West Chester University, and experience life as a Golden Ram! We are planning a weekend for you filled with fun, tradition, and unique experiences. You will have the opportunity to meet other members of the Ram Fam, faculty, and University administrators. You won't want to miss this fun-filled weekend! 

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when indoors. Face masks may be worn when outdoors, but it is not an obligation of this policy notice. Mask and COVID-19 safety measures at West Chester University will continue to be updated here. Please check ahead for updated information before attending Family Weekend 2021. 

Family Weekend 2021 Virtual Program Recordings

Parking Information

Family Weekend visitors are welcomed and permitted to park in the following Student-designated parking lots for September 17-19:

  • K-Lot (Behind Sykes Student Union)
  • M-Lot Complex (at the Swope Music Building) – this includes all of the M-Lots and Matlack Garage

Families are also welcome to parking in the following on-campus parking garages for September 17-19:

  • Sharpless Street Garage ($1.50 per hour/$9.00 max)
  • New Street Garage ($1.50 per hour/$9.00 max)

Community Programs and Offers

Community Partner Description Address
American Helicopter Museum

The American Helicopter Museum is proud to offer a BOGO deal (buy one, get one) for adult tickets during Family Weekend. Just mention you are a WCU family to receive the promotion! 

Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

1220 American Blvd, West Chester,  PA 19380

Longwood Gardens

SUNDAY ONLY 

Plan to visit world-renowned Longwood Gardens on Sunday, September 19! Longwood is offering a 20% discount off admission for West Chester University families – a $5 savings. Please use code WCUPARENT here to order tickets. Please note you must purchase timed tickets ahead of visit. 

Hours: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
West Chester Artisan Exchange SATURDAY ONLY

West Chester University families are welcomed to visit the West Chester Artisan Exchange. This open-air market takes visitors on a trip around the world—through food and craft! The market hosts and supports entrepreneurs committed to producing hand-crafted, sustainable foods while sharing sound business practices that have a positive social impact.

WCU families can pick up a complimentary reusable Welcome Bag filled with $10 in “market money” accepted at any vendor at the Artisan Exchange table at the center of the market. One $5 voucher is valid until the end of September and the second $5 voucher is valid through the end of 2021. Ram Fam Tip: Plan to bring a cooler! 

WCU families are welcome to park at the WCU Alumni and Foundation Center (202 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382) and walk to the market. 

Hours: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

208 Carter Drive, Suite 13B, West Chester, PA 19382

 

Schedule - Friday, September 17

Time Event Description Location/Registration Link
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Free Entry to the Student Recreation Center Enjoy free entry to our Student Recreation Center - a $7.00 value, free for the Ram Fam! Student Recreation Center
1:00 p.m. President's Welcome  Join President Chris Fiorentino on Friday, September 17th to kick off our yearlong celebration of West Chester University’s 150TH Anniversary starting with the President's Welcome in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
2:00 p.m. 150th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff  Rams Up! Get into the spirit with the Marching Band, a deejay and WCU’s cheerleaders. Plus, enjoy a new 150th exhibit created by WCU students, refreshments, and lots more fun.  Academic Quad
6:00 p.m. Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner

Join WCU Hillel for Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner in Sykes Student Union! We'll have a kosher menu featuring all your Shabbat favorites. All are invited and welcomed to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Reiss, Director of Jewish Student Life.

Sykes Student Union, Room 115

RSVP Here

6:00 p.m. Tri-Alpha Honors Society Induction Celebrate the newest inductees into Tri-Alpha First-Generation Honor Society by joining the virtual ceremony live.  Virtual - Register to Attend
8:00 p.m. 150th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff Concert

Come and enjoy the musical stylings of WCU alum Devon Gilfillian, Class of 2013!

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall - Purchase your tickets here!

8:00 p.m. Rams After Hours

Virtual - Music Bingo, prizes include WCU Swag!

In Person - Rollerskating in Sykes!

Virtual - Register to Attend

Sykes Student Union - Register to Attend

Schedule - Saturday, September 18

Time Event Description Location/Registration Link
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Family Weekend Welcome Center

Check-in for Family Weekend 2021 in Sykes Student Union, enjoy some refreshments, and receive exclusive swag!

Those who are among the first to arrive will receive some Ram Fam goodies, and the first 500 attendees will receive the exclusive 150th Anniversary Silipint cup! 

Sykes Student Union
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Exhibit Tours

Earth Day at 50 - Explore the exhibit with a tour with student curators!

WCU 150: History and Heritage - Explore the exhibit with a tour with student curators!

Earth Day at 50 - Old Library

WCU 150 - Francis Harvey Green Library

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. West Chester Artisan's Exchange

West Chester University families are welcomed to visit the West Chester Artisan Exchange. This open-air market takes visitors on a trip around the world—through food and craft! The market hosts and supports entrepreneurs committed to producing hand-crafted, sustainable foods while sharing sound business practices that have a positive social impact.

WCU families can pick up a complimentary reusable Welcome Bag filled with $10 in “market money” accepted at any vendor at the Artisan Exchange table at the center of the market. One $5 voucher is valid until the end of September and the second $5 voucher is valid through the end of 2021.

Ram Fam Tip: Bring a cooler! 

WCU families are welcome to park at the WCU Alumni and Foundation Center (202 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382) and walk to the market. 

208 Carter Drive, Suite 13B, West Chester, PA 19382

10:00 a.m.  Planetarium Show Explore the night sky in our very own on-campus Mather Planetarium with a Ph.D. Astronomer! TICKETS REQUIRED.  Mather Planetarium - Purchase your tickets here!
10:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free Entry to the Student Recreation Center Enjoy free entry to our Student Recreation Center - a $7.00 value, free for the Ram Fam! Student Recreation Center
11:30 a.m. Planetarium Show Explore the night sky in our very own on-campus Mather Planetarium with a Ph.D. Astronomer! TICKETS REQUIRED.  Mather Planetarium - Purchase your tickets here!
12:00 p.m. WCU Football vs. Edinboro University

Cheer on the Golden Rams as they face off against Edinboro University and enjoy tunes from the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band at half time!

Purchase tickets in advance here

The first 200 Family Weekend attendees will receive a complimentary concession voucher, courtesy of the WCU Foundation!

Parking at the stadium is $10 cash, but you are welcome to park for free on North Campus and take the free Campus Shuttle down to South Campus. The shuttle will pick up guests in front of Wayne Hall. Masks are required on the shuttle.

No backpacks or large bags will be allowed into the stadium. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after they have been inspected. As a reminder, alcohol is not permitted on the property or in the stadium.

John A. Farrell Stadium - Purchase your tickets here!
1:00 p.m. Planetarium Show

Explore the night sky in our very own on-campus Mather Planetarium with a Ph.D. Astronomer! TICKETS REQUIRED. 

Mather Planetarium - Purchase your tickets here!
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Tours

Earth Day at 50 - Explore the exhibit with a tour with student curators!

WCU 150: History and Heritage - Explore the exhibit with a tour with student curators!

Earth Day at 50 - Old Library

WCU 150 - Francis Harvey Green Library

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ram Statue Family Photos

Take a family picture with the Ram Statue with exclusive Ram Proud and Family Weekend Signage! 

After your picture, stop by the Rita's Truck in the Academic Quad for a free sweet treat! 

Ram Statue

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1st Annual Ram Fam Family Reunion

The Dowdy Multicultural Center and the Office of Parent and Family Relations presents the 1st Annual Family Reunion! 
This event will celebrate families and Students of Color* and provide an opportunity to gather, have fun, and get connected. There will be music, student performances from student organizations, lawn games, tabling from campus resources (staff and faculty to connect with), and fun activities. 

*Students of Color are students who identify as: Alaskan Native, Asian American, Black or African American, Caribbean American, Desi American, Latina/o/x, Native American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Multiracial 

All members of the Ram Fam are welcome to attend, enjoy the music and student performances, play lawn games, visit resource tables, and enjoy treats from Rita's Water Ice. The first 250 families to arrive will receive a Family Weekend picnic blanket! 

Academic Quad

7:30 p.m. Virtual Family Feud

The survey says...join us for Ram Fam Family Feud! Prizes include WCU swag!

Virtual - Click here to Participate!

Schedule - Sunday, September 19

Time Event Description Location/Registration Link
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rams Let's Walk: A 5K Run and Walk to Support Athlete Mental Health

Join the Athletics Department in their annual Rams Let's Walk: A 5k Run & Walk to Support Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiatives. The 5K and 1-mile walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. in front of Ehringer Gym on Church Street. 

$15.00 Race Fee + $1.87 Sign Up Fee, Price increases to $20.00 after September 12, 2021 at 9:00am EDT

Ehinger Gym - Register to Participate
10:00 a.m. Virtual Cooking Class

Join Dr. Jeanie Subach (Department of Nutrition) as she whips up brunch dishes live with students and alumni from the Department of Nutrition!

Ingredient Lists and Recipes  

Virtual - Register to Participate
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ram Fam West Chester Borough Food Crawl

Come out to the Student Activity Council's (SAC) Ram Fam Food Crawl from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19. Check in at Sykes 1st floor lobby by the Information Desk and then head into town for some delicious – and discounted! - eats at any of our 12 participating locations including Cookie Dope, Saxby's, Couch Tomato, Dia Doce, and more!  The more restaurants you visit, the greater your chance of wining various prizes…such as restaurant gift cards, a box of INSOMNIA COOKIES, and a year-long snack box subscription!

Check in at Sykes Lobby
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Free Entry to the Student Recreation Center

Enjoy free entry to our Student Recreation Center - a $7.00 value, free for the Ram Fam!

Student Recreation Center
1:00 p.m. Ram Fam Empower Hour

Finish up Family Weekend 2021 with the Ram Fam Empower Hour, featuring campus experts from the Counseling Center, Career Development Center, Learning Assistance and Resource Center, and Off-Campus and Commuter Services. Within an hour, you will have all of the "Cliff Notes" on the most important information that the Ram Fam should know. You will leave empowered to empower your students to use all the resources available to your WCU student! 

Virtual - Register to Participate
3:00 p.m. Faculty Recital: Dali Quartet

West Chester University Wells School of Music (WSOM) proudly presents...
WSOM Quartet in Residence: Dalí Quartet with guest artist Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Comprised of Ari Isaacman-Beck, first violin; Carlos Rubio, second violin; Adriana Linares, viola, and Jesús Morales, cello; the Dalí Quartet is the current Quartet in Residence for the WCU's Wells School of Music.

Tickets not required, free and open to the public!

Phillips Autograph Library, 700 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383

 

Family Weekend Sponsors

PSECU Logo

Presenting Sponsor

First Bank Logo

Truist Logo

BBT

 

Ram Fam Meetups

Ram Fam Meetups - Summer 2021

We enjoyed meeting our newest members of the Ram Fam at our first ever Virtual Ram Fam Meetups, where families had an opportunity to meet with other members of the Ram Fam in a virtual format. The event also allowed families to connect with WCU administrators, members of the Ram Fam Advisory Council and included a chance to win a $10 bookstore gift card through trivia with the WCU Foundation.

 

SibFest - March 8 - 12, 2021

The Office of Parent and Family Relations is proud to introduce a new program for Spring 2021 - SibFest! SibFest is a FREE program created to connect younger members of the Ram Fam (grades 7th - 12th) to engaging social activities, events connected to the admission process, and programs focused on social justice. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, we encourage WCU families and students to invite 7th - 12th grade siblings AND family relations to include those who may fall outside of the immediate nuclear family, but are a part of the chosen family (cousins, friends, neighbors, etc.).

See our full line up of events below: 

SibFest 2021 Events and Recordings

Date/Time Program Description
Monday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m. EqualiTea Speaker Series: Girls Justice League Panel The WCU Center for Women and Gender Equity has partnered with the Girls Justice League, a local youth-oriented organization, to celebrate International Women’s Day as a part of their monthly Equalitea Speaker Series. In a panel format, young folks from the Girls Justice League will share about their organizing and activism work as well as respond to the International Women’s Day theme of #ChoosetoChallenge. VIEW RECORDING
Monday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. What I Wish I Knew with the Orientation Leaders Our acclaimed WCU Orientation Leaders will engage in a discussion about their high school to college transition, reflecting on things they wish they had known as younger versions of themselves. Student leaders will discuss advice they would provide younger members of the Ram Fam related to the barriers they faced, their college search, and the Covid-19 college experience. VIEW RECORDING
Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. Application Essay Workshop with the WCU Writing Center Join our awesome student Writing Center tutors to learn tips and tricks for the admissions application essay writing process. VIEW RECORDING
Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Student Government Meeting and Senator Meet & Greet Join the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) for a meet and greet with student senators to learn about what student government looks like in the college environment and then see student government in action by attending an SGA business meeting!
Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. Admissions Presentation and Student Panel Join Undergraduate Admissions and our awesome Student Ambassadors to learn more about WCU, our admissions process, and what it is like to be a Golden Ram! VIEW RECORDING
Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. Show and Tell: College Edition Join our panel of student leaders from the Dowdy Multicultural Center, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, and the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy as they showcase projects they are working on and share about their roles as leaders on campus. VIEW RECORDING
Friday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. Rams After Hours: The Mentalist! Featuring Mark Toland As a part of our weekly Rams After Hours program, Mark Toland, a master mind-reader and mentalist, will provide world-class virtual entertainment! Mark’s award-winning mind-reading talents have been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, WGN, TEDx, NPR, SiriusXM, and PBS.

 

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