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WCU Welcomes New & Returning Students, Faculty, Staff

WCU News 2017

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WCU Welcomes New & Returning Students, Faculty, Staff

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WCU Welcomes New & Returning Students, Faculty, Staff

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.

Relocations:

  • The Office of Student Conduct is now located in Ruby Jones Hall, Suite 200. 610-436-3511.
  • The Counseling Center (Department of Counseling & Psychological Services) has moved to Lawrence Center, Suite 241. Walk-in triage services commence Monday, Aug. 28 from 1 until 3 p.m. 610-436-2301.The Lunch with Mudd workshop series begins on Monday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Counseling Center and continues every Monday at 11 a.m. Students struggling with homesickness and adjustment can drop in for as many of the weeks they like.
  • WCU's Counseling Center also continues the popular dog therapy events, all of which are in Sykes Student Union. Students can follow on Twitter or Instagram for more fall dates and all the latest updates @wcudogtherapy.
      Here is the schedule for the first weeks of classes:
    • Tuesday, Aug. 29, Goldens 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Aug. 30, Bernese Mountain Dogs 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 5, Bernese Mountain Dogs 12–2 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 14, Mastiffs 6–8 p.m.
  • The Resource Pantry has relocated to Commonwealth Hall. Visit their website to learn more and find out how to volunteer; pantry@wcupa.edu or 610-436-2378.
  • The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs is now located in Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level (715 South New Street). To access these offices, enter at the Health Center. 610-436-3379
  • In Wayne Hall, more than 200 former student rooms are being fully renovated (including geo-exchange heating and cooling)as faculty offices in fall 2017. The Psychology Department offices and research space are moving to Wayne since the new Community Mental Health Clinic, affiliated with the clinical Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program, has opened on the eighth floor.
  • The Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP) now occupies 20 Linden Street next to Burrito Loco. The D-CAP Center offers students who self-identify with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) an inviting place to hang out, meet others with ASD, learn social, adult living, and professional skills, and more.
    Cherie Fishbaugh, Director of Autism Services, explains that D-CAP assists the campus in better understanding how autism affects our students' behavior, socialization, and communication. This fall, she will conduct trainings for faculty and staff to provide strategies to better communicate and assist our students with ASD. All will be in the Twardowski Career Development Center on the second floor of Lawrence Center and require reservations.
      The schedule for faculty:
    • Aug. 30, 1–2:30 p.m. Autism and first meeting. RSVP by Aug. 28.
    • Sept. 5, 1–2:30 p.m. Autism and first meeting. RSVP by Sept. 1.
    • Sept. 13, 9–10 a.m. Effective Strategies. RSVP by Sept. 8.
    • Oct. 5, 9–10 a.m. Effective Strategies. RSVP by Sept. 29.
    • Staff Sessions are all 9–10 a.m
    • Sept 5: Recognizing Autism. RSVP by Sept. 1
    • Sept. 12: Effective Strategies. RSVP by Sept. 8
    • Oct 19: Recognizing Autism. RSVP by Oct. 16
    • Oct. 26: Effective Strategies. RSVP by Oct. 23
    • Contact Fishbaugh at CFishbaugh@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3168.

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. 

Coming soon:
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.