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Each February, we feature the stories of Wilkes Colonel couples who lived here, laughed here and loved here. Read stories from Amanda Dougherty PharmD ’13 and Theron Ward PharmD ’13; Christina Yesu Aungst Pharm D ’11 and Timothy Dy Aungst ’11; George Kolesar ’57 and Nancy Carroll Kolesar ’61; Kathy Dalton Wagner ’09 and Matthew Wagner ’09; Katie White Koneschusky ’10 and Gregory Koneschusky ’09 by clicking here.

How Did You "Wilkes" Your Wedding?
We’re looking for Wilkes couples who incorporated Wilkes into their wedding. Were your colors blue and gold? Did the Colonel make an appearance? Email us and tell us how you added the Wilkes touch to your special day!

Make it a Double! 
Did you know that when you support Wilkes as a married couple, your donation counts as two?  Support Wilkes today and we're sure you'll feel twice as nice!

Students Send Valentines To Alumni
In late January, students created a Valentine to send to our married Colonel couples! Click here to see photos from the event.

Wrestlers to Gather at DIII Championships in Hershey, PA
Members of the Wilkes wrestling family are invited to celebrate at the DIII Wrestling Championships in Hershey, PA on March 14. We're celebrating with a pre-match party at Troegs Brewing Company. Current head coach Jon Laudenslager '99, former coach John Reese, current and past players, alumni and friends will be there. You won't want to miss this fun gathering with your former teammates! Click here to register.

(Not a wrestling alumnus?  We’re having another event at Troegs on March 14 just for you!  Learn more.)

Winter Issue of the Wilkes Magazine Coming Soon

Watch your mailboxes for the next issue of the Wilkes alumni magazine! Our cover story celebrates the strides the English department is making by adapting to technology and incorporating it into the curriculum. Alumni features include Jane Stapleton ’86, co-director of the Prevention Innovations program at the University of New Hampshire and New York City lawyer Leonard J. Koerner ’64. There's also class notes, a list of upcoming events and more. If you prefer to read the Wilkes magazine online, click here.

Nominate Your Favorite Professor for the TREC Mentoring Award
If you are among those former Wilkes students who continue to have a mentoring relationship with a professor on campus, and you would like to recognize this individual for the guidance he or she continues to provide to you, consider nominating that professor for the Wilkes Alumni Mentoring Award. The award cannot be given posthumously and nominated faculty must be a current employee of Wilkes University…more

Chamber Singers to Perform in Nazareth, PA
The Chamber Singers will be performing a concert at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nazareth, PA on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm. Please email us at if you plan to attend.

Annual Report of Gifts is Now Available
Each year, we share our annual report so that you can see the impact of your gifts to Wilkes. The 2014 report of gifts is now available on our website. You will be able to view members of the John Wilkes Society and members of the Marts Society, as well as search donors by class year and constituency.  View it here. If you'd like a printed copy of the report, please call Lauren Pluskey at 570-408-4331.

Alumni Insurance Now Offering Telehealth

Why spend money going to the doctor when you can access quality care by phone or video chat from your home or while on the road?  The Wilkes University alumni insurance program now offers telehealth— a simple, affordable way to meet your everyday healthcare needs.  Physicians are available 24/7 with no limit on the time of consultation or frequency of calls.  To learn more, click here or call our program partner at 888-252-2242.

Wrestling Alumni Event: Hershey, PA
March 14

Hershey, PA Alumni Gathering at Tröegs
March 14

NEPA Networking Event
April 9
Professional headshots and resume review at Rodano's on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

We want to know what you've been up to!  Share your news with your fellow alumni by emailing information to Jacki Lukas at and it will appear in the next e-newsletter.

Joseph Fadden
J.J. Fadden '99 and wife, Michele, w...
Stefanie Taylor
Stefanie Henniger Taylor '02 and And...
David Morris
David Morris '92 was promoted on Jan...
Matthew Diltz
Matthew Diltz '02, MBA '04 was m...
Kurt Franke
Kurt Franke '77 retired in January o...
John Carey
Jen Ogurkis Carey '83, John Carey &#...
Lauren Carey
Jen Ogurkis Carey '83, John Carey &#...
Jennifer Carey
Jen Ogurkis Carey '83, John Carey &#...
David Carey
Jen Ogurkis Carey '83, John Carey &#...
David Carey
David Carey '83, MS '98 has been...
William Stinger
Bill Stinger '68 and Phil Besler ...
Cheryl Gressley
Cheryl Gressley '08 received her Mas...

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Baseball Picked Fifth in Freedom Preseason Poll


Swim Teams Set for MAC Championships 2/12-2/15

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