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West Chester University

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West Chester University

Honors College 

703 S. High Street 

West Chester, PA 19383





     Although its founding year is 1871, the University in fact has deeper roots tracing from West Chester Academy, a private,     state-aided school that existed from 1812 to 1869. The academy enjoyed strong support from the highly intellectual Chester County Cabinet of the Natural Sciences of the Pre-Civil War decades. It was recognized as one of Pennsylvania's leading preparatory schools, and its experience in teacher training laid the groundwork for the normal school years that were to follow.


     West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select           post-baccalaureate and gradute programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students,

alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania.



Location:  About 45 minutes west of Philadelphia, PA

Enrollment:  Total of 14,492 includes undergraduate & graduate students



Name of Bonner Leaders Program Office

Honors College

703 S. High Street

West Chester, PA  19383


The Bonner opportunity is offered to rising sophomores, junors and seniors in the Honors College who are academically qualified to apply.  

Relevant Websitewww.wcupa.edu/honors/bonner.asp


Type of Program:  AmeriCorps Leaders

Year Began:  Fall 2002

Number of Bonner AmeriCorpsLeaders:  4




President:  Dr. Greg R. Weisenstein,  President

Bonner Director Dr. Kevin Dean

Bonner Coordinator Donna Carney

Bonner Congress Representatives



At  Barclay Friends Assisted Living, Bonners mentor elderly buddies once a week or more;  they design and implement socials each month, such as poker games, fashion shows, sewing/knitting, and sing alongs.  Many relationships last well beyond their Bonner experience. 


Bonners at the Care Center give academic support to needy children in the preschool and after-school programs;  they learn good study  habits and enhance their literacy skills. The younger children learn the fundamentals they need to enter kindergarten.    


At Neighborhood Hospice, both the client and family members, receive care, comfort and emotional support.  Having the freedom to share their stories with an empathetic listener enhances their mental well being at such a difficult time in their lives.


Through Camp Abilities, Bonners work with disabled children.  During the academic year, the children participate in activities in the gym and the pool, giving their parents a bit of free time as well.  Many blind or visually impaired children are able to participate in residential sports camps in the summer where they learn athletic skills and are encouraged to keep physically active, healthy and independent.










Click here to complete next wiki-based portion of Annual Report.  


Student Leadership Planning:

 Click here for Congress Leadership Plans:

WestChester Congress Action Planning



Serve 2.0

  • Staff Point Person for project:  
  • Student Point Person for project: 
  • Planning to submit mini-grant proposal:  no
  • Bonner Program or Campus-Wide Wiki status:  not created; if yes, provide URL
  • Participating in Bonner Video Project:  no
    • Student BVL (Bonner Video Liaison) contact info posted on link: Bonner Video Liaisons
    • Need a Flip Cam? (we can provide one per campus):  no
  • See useful links:  Serve 2.0 Resource Wiki   |   Mini-Grant RFP



  • Using BWBRS 3.0: yes
  • Need for additional training:   no
  • See useful links:  BWBRS 3.0 Help Guide


Bonner AmeriCorps

  • Please list the contact information of the staff and student interns who manage your AmeriCorps Paperwork:
    • Note:  due to the audit and the transition to BWBRS 3, all current AmeriCorps Managers will be scheduled for an AmeriCorps Management Training for 2009 within the first few weeks of the semester. Please schedule this phone call with your Foundation Program Associate as soon as possible.
  • Spring Enrollments 2009:  Please complete this survey right away: AmeriCorps Survey
  • Please note: This survey is for the Spring semester slots only. It does not matter if your campus had previously requested slots and have "left overs." Please fill out this survey to specify how many members your campus will enroll this semester. If you do not want slots, they should fill it in with zeroes. We will be sending out a Summer and Fall request as well, so this is only for this semester. 


Issue-Based Research

  • What issue(s) working group will your campus focus on (in preparation for SLI 2009)? 
    • general issue area
  • Specific topic for issue brief (see Research Guide for help to work with partner in defining):  
    • specific issue brief topic (define by February)
  • Lead contact people for project (staff and/or students, community partner agency):
    • names, titles, phone numbers, emails
  • See useful links:  PolicyOptions Wiki   |  Campus Implementation Guide






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