A previous version of this newsletter mistakenly listed Michael Cotter as a WCU MPA alum. He is not an alum, but does serve on the West Chester University Center for Community Solutions Board.
"The open-space concept and beautiful design makes the building a great atmosphere to learn and collaborate with other students and professors!" - Lauren Lawlor  (Accounting and Finance)



  • Building hours are 6am – 11pm.
  • Elevators can be used by all students, faculty, and staff!
  • All business faculty are located on the 4th floor. All public management faculty are located on the 5th floor. The monitors placed outside of the elevators display each floor’s directory. Full-time faculty office locations can also be found on our Faculty Directory webpage.  
  • For any printing needs, we have provided copier printers on the first three floors. You can print via RamPrint in any location throughout the building using any device. Step-by-step instructions on how to print can be found on the IT Help Desk’s Website. If you are having problems connecting, please call the HelpDesk at 610-436-3350.
  • Student meeting rooms 202313, and 326 are available to be reserved. We require that student groups request space reservations via 25Live 48 hours prior to the event. If you would like to request a space within 48 hours, please see Paige Carey in the Dean’s Office on the third floor. Walk-ups are accepted if the space is available and there are no reservations displayed on the touchscreens located outside. However, know that reservations will ALWAYS supersede walkups. 
  • Any media equipment located in these rooms is for your use. If assistance is needed, please contact the Help Desk at 610-436-3350. 
  • We are thrilled to share with you our new building, but ask that you are respectful and leave spaces how you would want them to be found.


For the second year in a row, WCU has been included in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the Best Online MBA Programs. Since it's inception in 2011, our online program continues to grow and become more competitive. Learn more about our MBA Program here.


The first Doctors of Public Administration (DPA), Sandy Shurina (left) and Robert Burton (right), graduated from WCU on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The DPA program began in the Fall of 2015 to “meet regional employer and student needs by preparing individuals to advance the practice of public affairs and administration at the highest levels. DPA courses focus on the development of core competencies in the areas of strategic management, public sector economics and financial decision-making, and policy advocacy and leadership.”
Dr. Shurina has been a special education teacher for thirteen years, teaching students with hearing loss. After six years of teaching in public schools, she worked in adult education, ultimately becoming the top trainer for a Fortune 500 company. She then moved to a position in adult and public health education as the senior trainer for a division in the health department for the city of Houston. She is currently teaching hearing impaired students for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania. In her free time, Dr. Shurina is a current board member for Opera Lancaster and participates in community theater and opera as a performer and volunteer.
With her new doctoral degree, Dr. Shurina is seeking a position with an organization whose goal is to increase the availability of affordable, healthy, and sustainably grown food.
“It has been a wild ride, but one that I have enjoyed…It has been a pleasure and honor to be a part of the first cohort of the [DPA] program.”
Dr. Burton currently works at Thomas Edison State University in Veteran Affairs and is an adjunct professor at Rowan University. While in the DPA program, he was the Mayor of Medford Lakes, NJ and started serving his second term as Councilman of Medford Lakes Borough in July.
“Municipal government/service is my passion and that is what led me to the DPA program at WCU. WCU offered me the ability to take classes full time at a distance, while working (3 jobs) and managing family life with a 19-year-old son Robby, 13-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, and my wife Allison. Going full time was difficult to say the least, but I was passionate about what I wanted to do and was able to juggle things to make it work…The program addressed everything I hoped it would and, specific to my government experience, it provided me with a new lens to view public service and policy. Although this was a personal goal, the benefits go beyond personal, they extend to so many others that I have contact with; veterans, students, and the people of Medford Lakes. What I learned in this program translates into all the areas of my professional life and I could not be more pleased with the results.”


Jake Siegel, a 2016 Environmental Geography graduate, will be spending the next two-and-a-half years in Madagascar with the Peace Corps. He will be focusing on agriculture, as well as teaching farming techniques that are more environmentally friendly and that help improve crop yield. Read the full article in here.


This January, West Chester University students, under the leadership of Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Michael Antonio, teamed up with Voices4Peru, an organization that helps defend the rights of the impoverished. For two weeks, students learned and explored the marginalized community of Ventanilla, Peru, while helping to enhance education, as well as spread love, hope, and global awareness.
If you’re interested in a first-hand look into Peru’s criminal justice, societal, and economic systems, another service learning trip is being planned for over Spring Break. Please contact Dr. Antonio for details.


Did you know that more than 50% of the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 are founders or co-founders. If you have an idea for a new product, service, or technology, submit it for cash prizes totaling $7500. Ideas are due by March 6th!

For more information, visit the Business Idea Competition website. For questions, email the WCU Cottrell Entrepreneurship Leadership Center.


WCU Accounting Alum and Philadelphia Audit Senior Manager Robert Wilson was recently given the Chairman’s Award for High Performance, an honor that recognizes and celebrates KPMG’s most exceptional employees. Rob was given this award for “his outstanding performance, dedication to excellence, and unrelenting commitment to raising the bar and challenging himself to achieve great results and encouraging others to do the same.”
Rob is an active member of the African-American Network, leads internal training sessions, helps drive KPMG’s recruiting efforts at WCU, and creates visibility for the KPMG brand by being involved in the Philadelphia Young Professionals Network. 


Geography and Planning Department Associate Professor Dr. Matin Katirai has secured a $49,835 research grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania for his project entitled “Availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania.” The team consists of Dr. Matin Katirai, Dr. Whitney Katirai (Matin’s wife), and Dr. Harry Holt (College of Health Sciences). 


Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE), the honorary and professor fraternity of the Academy of Management, held their winter induction ceremony during finals week. CBPM Alum May Van was in attendance as the event’s guest speaker. She gave advice on what it means to be a good leader saying, “Have passion, deliver results, and help others succeed.”
SIE is a student organization that “strives to recognize academic excellence and give back to the community.” If you are a Management student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher and are interested in joining, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Guohua Jiang


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  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) student Tyler Sova has been appointed to serve as Social Media Chair for the Central PA Chapter of ASPA. His prime mission will be to continue to enhance their Facebook page.
  • Freshman Basketball player and Pre-Business: Economics and Finance major Zach Bare was named WCU's Athlete of the Week on January 16th! 
  • Dr. Kristen B. Crossney’s, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration (PPA), article on Redlining was published in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Redlining is “the practice of basing access to capital and financial services on neighborhood characteristics such as race and ethnicity.” Read her full article here
  • Management Professor Dr. Lisa Calvano presented at WCU's first Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Conference. Her proposal: "Engaging Transfer Students In and Out of the Classroom."


WCU's Career Management System allows students to search for jobs and internships, sign up for on-campus interviews, do video mock interviews, and much more! To access the system, students can use their MyWCU username and password. Click here to sign in to the Ram Career Network!


Feb. 8 - Pennsylvania State Police Info. Table (Sykes 11 - 2)
Feb. 8 - JPMorgan Chase Info. Table (Sykes 9 - 4)
Feb. 15 - Diamond State Financial Info. Table (Sykes 1 - 3)
Feb. 15 - Liberty Mutual Insurance Info. Table (Sykes 10 - 12)
Feb. 22 — Spring Career Fair (Sykes 11 - 3)
Mar. 6 — Business Idea Competition Ideas Due
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