Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome Back Graduate Students!!!!

Hi, I am Caroline Bush.

Hello to everyone reading! Welcome back to all students, faculty, staff and members of the WCU community! I am thrilled to begin my third semester as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies. I am equally as excited to begin another term that will bring me one step closer to earning my Master’s degree.
It is a wonderful feeling getting back to campus and back to another year. There have been many changes to our office and to our campus over the last few months.

I am excited to welcome the many new faces to our office. Two of these faces are new to the office but I have had the pleasure of getting to know them over the last year in class as part of the Higher Education/Student Affairs program. GSA President and Graduate Studies Intern, Michael Diaz is joining our team and I am excited to share an office with him this year!

The office has also welcomed another Graduate Assistant, Courtney Wilson! Courtney came to us during the Spring 2016 semester and has been a wonderful addition to the office. Courtney will join me in updating this blog from time to time.

Sykes Student Union, our neighboring building, has added a brand new entrance on the rear of the building which faces the parking lot. In addition, the College of Business and Public Affairs building, which broke ground in October of 2014 is on its way to completion and is set to open in just a few months! (January 2017) The building will be home to 4,000 students and 100 faculty members.

Finally, West Chester’s football field has received a major facelift! Take a look at the before and after photos posted below. You can read more about the transformation here:

Hi, I am Courtney Wilson

Hello all and welcome back to a new and exciting year at the WCU! I hope you are all as excited as I am to begin a new school year. I know I am (especially since it is my last year).

It has been honor and a warming experience to work as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies welcomed me with open arms and made me feel very comfortable. I am elated that I have the opportunity to serve as the Office of Graduate Studies as the Graduate Assistant.

In addition to my newly found position with the Office of Graduate Studies, West Chester has also added new additions to the campus.  

Congratulations to the Multicultural Center for their $250,000 endowment from the Student Services, Incorporated. The Multicultural Center will be named the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center. The Center will be dedicated on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be hosting a Graduate Student Welcome Back Barbecue that will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Barbecue will take place at McKelvie Hall Lawn - 102 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383. All graduate students are welcome and students are allowed to invite no more than three family members. RSVP at The barbecue will be a great opportunity for students to meet new people, connect with the GSA board, and to enjoy some FREE food.

The Fall Involvement Fair, organized by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, will take place on Wednesday September 7, 2016 from 11-3pm on the Academic Quad! The start of a new semester is a great time to get involved on campus. There are more than 293 organizations to choose from at West Chester University. Businesses, and Student Affairs offices will also be present to answer questions. The Office of Grad Studies will have a table on the quad that afternoon. Come find us and learn about the many programs that we have to offer! And of course, who wouldn’t want free food, drink and giveaways!

Also new to West Chester this semester: Look for the new Bike Sharing Program! There will be a Grand Opening of the Bike Share Program on Wednesday August 31, 2016 from 2-3pm beside Allegheny Hall. You can learn more about the program and how it works by following the link here: and

On behalf of the staff at McKelvie Hall, I would like to wish everyone a successful and productive semester!