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Homecoming is less than 6 months away, so save the date for October 2-4, 2015! Whether we are friends who are like family, actual relatives or teammates, we’re one big family of Wilkes Colonels. Join us in celebrating our theme for Homecoming this year: Family of Colonels! Reunion groups are classes ending in 0s and 5s, the A-List and men’s lacrosse. Let us know you'll be there by clicking here.
Make Your Reservations for the Founders Gala 2015
On Saturday, May 30, longtime Wilkes wrestling coach, John Reese, will be honored with the President's Medal at the Founders Gala. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate our heritage of educating first-generation college students with President Patrick F. Leahy and many other members of the Wilkes family. If you are unable to come to Wilkes-Barre for the event, you can be our virtual guest. Make your reservations now by clicking here.
Are you a wrestling coach?
Coach Jon Laudenslager ’99 is looking for Wilkes wrestling alumni who are current or former wrestling coaches of any level. If you or a teammate fits this description, fill out this brief form, email Jon at email@example.com, or call him at 570-408-4035.
National Volunteer Month & Volunteer Opportunities
Because April is national volunteer appreciation month, we’d like to thank all of our alumni volunteers who make a difference in students' lives each and every day. We have a variety of alumni volunteer opportunities available including mentoring a student or volunteering with student activities like The Big Event.
The Big Event, a day dedicated to campus-wide community service, will be held on Saturday April 25. Student Government sponsors the annual event and this year, students are asking alumni to lend a hand. Alumni and students with similar interests will be paired-up to complete service projects and celebrate together with a barbecue lunch on the Greenway. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the alumni office.
Alumni Association Elects New Leaders
The Alumni Association Board of Directors recently held its annual election in conjunction with the Board's quarterly meeting. Five new directors, Jamie Gwynn ’09, Amy Hetro MBA ’12, Steve Moyer ’10, Mark Rado ’80
, and John Sweeney ’13
were elected. These individuals will begin their terms in June 2015. Read more about the new members of the Alumni Association in an upcoming issue of the Wilkes
Alumni Featured at Tom Bigler Journalism Conference
Communication studies alumni returned to campus on Friday, April 10, to share their experiences with students at the 15th Annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference. Alumni presenters included Gabe LeDonne '05
, news desk manger, Latin American Financials
; Andy Mehalshick ’83
, lead investigative reporter of the Eyewitness News I-Team, WBRE/WYOU
; Kathy Bozinski ’78
, director of marketing and communication, United Way; Jill Wydra ’06
, assistant marketing director, Entercom Communications; Kristin Luczak Rock ’06
, instructor and adviser to WCLH, Wilkes University’s award-winning student radio station; and Dotty Martin ’77
, community news group editor,Times Leader
, print journalism and community news. To learn more about the conference, click here
Alumni Coaches Make Appearances in Division I & III Basketball Tournaments
Bo Ryan '69
, head coach of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball, led the Badgers to the NCAA Division I National Championship versus Duke University, where Duke took the national title. Dave Macedo '96
, head coach of Virginia Wesleyan College men’s basketball, led his Marlins to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to UW-Stevens Point on March, 21. Congratulations to both of our alumni coaches on a great season!
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we are reminded how important alumni support is to Wilkes. Whether your gift is designated to scholarships, mentoring programs, student activities, or other areas, the Wilkes experience continues to be special thanks to your help. Make your gift
of any amount before May 31.
Max Rosenn Lecture Series ft. Brian Greene on April 26
Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Brian Greene is known for bringing cutting-edge scientific concepts to the public in entertaining ways. On Sunday, April 26, Greene will visit Wilkes University as guest speaker for the Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities. Greene's lecture, "Science Matters: Inspiring the Next Generation of Maverick Thinkers," will be at 7:30 p.m, in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center
for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing. Read more about Greene here
Did You Know Wilkes has a Veterans Council?
Our Veterans Council is becoming more active on campus by hosting fundraisers and expanding their reach to outside the Wilkes community. The council is now involved with Volunteers of America's Homeward Bound Project, which helps to refurbish homes for homeless veterans. Let us know if you're interested in helping the club with their goal or if you're a veteran
Spring Commencement Ceremony – May 16
Are you attending the spring commencement ceremony for a friend? The alumni office will be in the Marts Gym on Saturday, May 16, to sell fresh bouquets of flowers and other Wilkes merchandise during both the graduate & undergraduate ceremonies. Learn more here
Alumni Insurance Program offers Petplan
Did you know that in addition to insuring yourself and your family, you can also buy pet insurance for your favorite four-legged family members? From diagnostic testing and prescription medications to specialized treatment and beyond, Petplan, a leader in the pet insurance area, provides essential coverage to help give you peace of mind. Click here
for a free quote.