West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Location: Sykes Student Union
Phone: 610-436-2984, 610-436-3360
The Earl F. Sykes Student Union first opened in 1975 as the community center for West Chester University. The renovated facility of approximately 102,000 square feet opened in the summer of 1995. Renovations during the summers of 2016 and 2017 created enhanced building spaces including a new building entrance into the Ram’s Den on the ground floor, renovated food service and a relocated information desk on the first floor, and a joining of the two exterior patios by a bridge.
The Student Union as a facility and an operation is designed to encourage all members of the campus community to participate in a wide variety of cultural, social, educational, and recreational programs. Building highlights include a 350-seat theatre, the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center, the Student Services, Inc Services Center and the Student Services, Inc Campus Store all on the ground floor. The first floor offers a dining area with seating for 300. Also included on the first floor is a 5,000-square-foot ballroom designed for dances, concerts, banquets, and lectures. The Union Information Desk and Central Building Administration are also located on the first floor.
The second floor houses the Student Affairs Division offices of Off Campus and Commuter Services, Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy, Communication and Marketing and Student Leadership and Involvement. Student Services, Inc. Business Office, Student Activities, and The Center for Student Involvement, are also located on this floor. The Frederick Douglass third floor features a 22-unit computer lab, a study lounge, meditation lounge, lactation room, and seminar space. Sykes Union also houses 20 meeting rooms accommodating groups from five to 500.
Location: First Floor
The Information Center serves as a central information service for the University. Available at the center are schedules of campus programs and events, transportation schedules, campus maps, U.S. and a campus mail deposit box, the building lost and found, and other general campus and community information.
Location: 235 Sykes Union
Hours: Hours of operation will vary. Please check posted hours outside the Copy Center.
The Copy Center is available for color copying, basic copying, enlargements and reductions, posters, brochures, transparencies, and faxing. The center offers a variety of colored paper and other items. This service is low cost and available to groups and individuals.
Location: 302 Sykes Union
The computer lab offers 22 PC terminals and two Mac terminals with a printer available.
Location: 006 Sykes Union
The SSI Service Center, located on the ground level of Sykes Union, is the concierge service of SSI. The Service Center is your one-stop shop to purchase postage stamps, SEPTA tokens, Regal Theatre movie tickets, and tickets to most on-campus events. The Service Center also provides document notarization services as well as fax services. The Service Center accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and the ram e-card for purchases. An Automatic Teller Machine, located next to the center, allows for expanded hours of service for the student’s personal cash needs. There is no service fee for the use of this ATM. Students must refer to their own bank regarding their ATM fees. (Fees and hours are subject to change without prior notice.)
Location: 103 Sykes Union
The Ram’s Head Food Court offers food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and an assortment of snack items. The Eco Grounds coffee cart located in the Ram’s Den on the ground floor is open weekdays and weekends for specialty coffees, fruit smoothies, and snacks.
Meeting and Programming Facilities: Throughout the building are meeting and programming spaces of various sizes and capabilities for groups from five to 500. These spaces may be reserved on 25Live by officially recognized student clubs and organizations, faculty, and staff. The Sykes Union administration office in Room 116 coordinates building room reservations.
Lockers: Lockers are available on the ground floor and can be rented by the semester or the academic year. Stop by the SSI Service Center for more information.
TV Viewing: The main lounge, located on the first floor, offers a 42-inch plasma flat screen for TV viewing.
Posting Space: Bulletin boards are located throughout the building for general informational posting, book sales, program advertisements, and other notices. Three postings may be dropped at the Information Desk and, upon approval, will be posted by the Sykes staff.
Lounges: Located throughout the building are lounges designed for comfort, relaxation, studying, and other informal gatherings.
Wireless Capabilities: Sykes Union has wireless capability for internet throughout the building.