Ram Fam Engagement Events
Events specifically created and curated for members of the Ram Fam
Below, you will find a listing of the Office of Parent and Family Relations signature events. 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.
Ram Fam Meetups - Summer 2021
We are excited to share an exciting new initiative called Virtual Ram Fam Meetups, where you will have the opportunity to meet with other members of the Ram Fam from your region in a virtual format. The event will also allow you to connect with WCU administrators, members of the Ram Fam Advisory Council and include a chance to win a $20 bookstore gift card through trivia with the WCU Foundation.
Don’t hesitate – sign up for a Ram Fam Meetup today:
- Western Pennsylvania – Tuesday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m.
- Southeast Pennsylvania – Wednesday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m.
- Northeast Pennsylvania – Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m.
- Central Pennsylvania – Tuesday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m.
- New Jersey – Wednesday, August 4 at 5:00 p.m.
- All Other States – Thursday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m.
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!
We are currently in the planning stages for Family Weekend 2021. We are in contact with our campus and community health professionals as we work to provide an event that is safe and fun for attendees. At this time the schedule of events Family Weekend 2021 has not been set. To give you an idea of the types of events and activities you can expect, please take a look at the events we held last year for Ram Fam Weekend below. As we get closer to the event, all events will be listed here.
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:
|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.|
*Virtual* Ram Fam Weekend - September 25-27, 2020
For the safety of all, we postponed our typical on-campus Family Weekend events and instead hosted Ram Fam Weekend, which included virtual events with opportunities for families to enjoy a piece of their students' home away from home while connecting with other members of the Ram Fam.
Below, you will see both the on-demand and live opportunities that were offered throughout the weekend. To access recordings of several of these events, you can visit our Youtube Channel.
Please contact Lexie McCarthy at AMcCarthy@wcupa.edu with questions.
|Ram Fam Virtual 5K||WCUPA Campus Recreation is excited to announce the RAM FAM Weekend Virtual 5k! The 5k will be held September 21st - September 27th. More details available at the link.||Virtual 5k Registration|
|Cultural Cookbook||Submit your family's signature recipe and the accompanying story to be included in our WCU Cultural Cookbook to be available digitally later this fall!||Submit your Recipe|
|Ramily Videos||Show us your family's Ram Fam spirit or spread the love with some words of encouragement for other members of our Ram Fam! Videos should be between 30 sec to 1 minute. Share a glimpse into your family's world and film your Ramily Video today!||Submit your Video|
|Rammy Grams||Share some ram pride with your student by sending them a personalized Rammy Gram from our mascot, Rammy!||Request a Rammy Gram|
|Virtual Arts Events||Enjoy the arts at WCU from your couch! Past performances and exhibits have been recorded for your Ram Fam viewing pleasure.|
|5:00 p.m.||Happy Hour with the Ram Fam Advisory Council||Learn more about the Ram Fam Advisory Council and the support they provide to WCU families! There will also be opportunities to network with other members of the Ram Fam.||Register using the link above.|
|5:45 p.m.||Shabbat with Hillel||Engage with other members of the Jewish Ram Fam while observing Shabbat together.||Register using the link above.|
|7:00 p.m.||Fireside Chat with President Fiorentino||Join President Fiorentino as he discusses his vision for the future of WCU and what it means to be a part of the WCU Ram Fam today and tomorrow.||Register using the link above.|
|8:00 p.m.||Madden 21 E-Games Tournament||Do you have a gamer(s) in your family? Encourage them to join in the fun with our Ram Fam Madden 21 E-Games Tournament!||
|8:00 p.m.||Rams After Hours - Music Bingo!||Get the family together for Music Bingo! with Rams After Hours. Prizes include WCU swag!||Register using the link above.|
|9:00 a.m.||Tabata/HIIT with Campus Recreation||Enjoy a live Tabata/HIIT class with two of our amazing student instructors!||Register using the link above.|
|10:00 a.m.||Reading with Rammy||
Do you have a little one (and future golden ram!) at home that would enjoy some time with everyone's favorite mascot? This is the event for them!
|Register using the link above.|
|10:00 a.m.||Ancestry DNA: A Family Affair||Dr. Anita Foeman (Professor in the Department of Communication and Media) will explore what scientists have learned about the human trek across the globe and link it to your family stories. Participants will look at physical and cultural characteristics that are carried from generation to generation and share what they hope to carry forward. Participants who are adopted can talk about what they have received from both biological and adoptive families and the gift of inheritance.||Register using the link above.|
|11:00 a.m.||Superhero Costume Design||Join Professor Constance Case (Department of Theater and Dance) as she leads participants in how a costume designer creates dynamic characters through use of color, shape, line, and texture. In this hands-on lesson, participants will learn about the elements of art while crafting their own character costumes in this fun, Project-Runway-style challenge.||
Register using the link above.
|11:00 a.m.||Astronomy Q&A with Marc Gagne on Black Holes||The astronomy Q&A is your chance to learn about black holes, ask questions, and start a conversation about the universe’s weirdest objects. We’ll start with a short presentation on black holes and gravitational waves, then open it up for questions and answers.||Register using the link above.|
|12:00 p.m.||Leave No Trace Lunch||Leave No Trace is an initiative that intends to empower every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly. Learn about the initiative from our very own outdoor education guru, Steve Sassaman!||Register using the link above.|
|1:00 p.m.||Virtual Historic Tour||Virtually walk around campus and learn its storied history with Dr. Anne Krulikowski (Department of History).||Register using the link above.|
|2:00 p.m.||Virtual Planetarium Show||Explore the night sky virtually with Ph.D. Astronomer, Karen Schwarz!||Register using the link above.|
|3:00 p.m.||A Conversation with Dr. Robinson, Chief Diversity Officer||This program is intended for families of color as an opportunity to engage with Dr. Robinson, Chief Diversity Officer, about WCU's campus climate and reporting resources offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.||Register using the link above.|
|4:00 p.m.||WC's First Trivia and Information Session||
West Chester University is excited and proud that thousands of first generation students—West Chester’s First—call our campus home. Learn more about first-generation student programming - WC's First - and enjoy trivia and networking with fellow first-generation faculty, staff, and students!
West Chester University considers you a first generation college student if none of your parents/guardians completed a Bachelor’s degree.
|Register using the link above.|
|5:00 p.m.||Virtual Cooking Class||
Join Dr. Jeanie Subach (Department of Nutrition) and a nutrition student as they whip up two seasonal dishes live!
Register using the link above.
|7:00 p.m.||Virtual Family Feud||
The survey says...join us for Ram Fam Family Feud! Prizes include WCU swag!
Register using the link above.
|9:00 a.m.||Guided Meditation and Information Session with the Counseling Center||Engage with Dr. Bijoux-Leist, Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Profession in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, to learn more about the Counseling Center at WCU and practice some mindfulness through a guided meditation session.||Register using the link above.|
|10:00 a.m.||Learn a Cheer with WCU Cheerleaders||Celebrate "Spirit Sunday" by learning a cheer from our amazing WCU cheerleaders!||Register using the link above.|
|11:00 a.m.||Living Off-Campus Information Session||Hear from from the Office of Off Campus and Commuter Services team as they discuss the ins and outs of off-campus living and resources available to off-campus and commuter students!||Register using the link above.|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch and Learn with Career Development||Learn about how you can support your student in their career journey from the staff in our Twardowski Career Development Center!||Register using the link above.|
|1:00 p.m.||Office of Civic Engagement and Social Impact Information Session||Engage with the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Impact team to learn about their departmental offerings and their work with voter engagement!||Register using the link above.|
|2:00 p.m.||Campus Involvement 101||Engage with some of our incredible student Leadership Consultants from the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement as they discuss how students can get involved virtually at WCU!||Register using the link above.|
|4:00 p.m.||Virtual 1871 Awards||
The 1871 Award was established in 2018 to recognize West Chester University juniors and seniors who are high-achieving in both the academic and co-curricular realms.
Each year, up to 71 students are honored for their outstanding accomplishments related to Academics, Leadership, Community Engagement, and Career Readiness.
|Email Dr. Judy Kawamoto at JKawamoto@wcupa.edu if you would like to attend.|
|7:00 p.m.*||Black Lives and the Legacy of George Floyd: A Conversation||
This exclusive and intimate conversation explores the shock waves of George Floyd’s death, the Movement for Black Lives, the crisis of policing in America, the meaning of justice, and more.
Skillfully moderated by activist, minister and scholar, Nyle Fort, this 60-minute webinar event – with ample time for Q&A -- promises to be powerful, valuable and unforgettable.
Joining Nyle are members of George Floyd’s family, including his Uncle, Selwyn Jones.
*The Office of Parent and Family Relations recognizes and acknowledges that this event is occurring concurrently with the observance of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Sunday, September 27th. As such, the event will be recorded and distributed internally for those observing the religious holiday.
Register using the link above.
This event is limited to 500 attendees.