FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Starting the Year Right: Recent Student Accomplishments
Here are brief highlights of Golden Rams successes during the first weeks of 2018. Keep up the great work, students!
A Community Honored
The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry hosted a breakfast in January that honored the West Chester community's response to the November fire at Barclay Friends Home. Aria Swanson (pictured) and Danielle Gendler, Honors College students who held the puppyland charity event on campus in December to benefit residents, represented WCU, which counts a number of first responders among University faculty, staff, and students. The University community turned out to help the residents during and after the fires, and the students' event raised more than $2,500.
Before classes resumed in January, members of the championship baseball team visited with the employees at Handi-Crafters in Thorndale, where Tim Hoge, their bat boy, works. The non-profit empowers people with disabilities to live more independent, productive, and fulfilling lives by providing meaningful work opportunities and other support services.
They KNOW They Can Dance
At the Universal Dance Association's 2018 National Dance Team Championship in Orlando in mid-January, the WCU Dance Team (a student-run organization) placed fourth nationally in the open hip hop dance division. They also competed in the jazz division. At the beginning of January at the Battle of the Northeast, the Dance Team was the top-scoring college for their hip hop routine, first in open hip hop, and second in open jazz. Their national performances are archived here.
WCU students also excelled at the 2018 Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal on Feb. 17. The two University a cappella groups that competed — Under A Rest and High Street Harmonix — placed second and third, respectively. University of Delaware took first place.
Individual WCU competitors also won special awards. From Under A Rest, Spencer Camacho earned Outstanding Arrangement for the entire set while Bri Decerio earned Outstanding Choreography for the entire set. High Street Harmonix member Andrew Bollenbach won Outstanding Vocal Percussion for the entire set.
In the Florida Winter Classic of Ultimate Frisbee (a club sport at WCU), West Chester's women's team took first place and competed against several national qualifiers including Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida. Now ranked 13th in the country, West Chester is now on the radar as a team that is headed toward nationals. The home tournament is March 24 – 25.
Two members of The Quad staff earned awards for their writing at the Student Keystone Press Awards. In the reviews category, first-year writer Gabe Sagherian received first place for "How Did I Find This Album Here?" and former Quad Editor-in-Chief Samantha Mineroff took second place for "13 Reasons Why Not." Winners will be honored at the Student Keystone Press Awards Luncheon during the America East Media Business and Technology Conference on March 14 in Hershey, PA.