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Founders Gala 2015 Raised Record Amount for First Generation Scholarship Fund
Wilkes University continued its commitment to educate first-generation college students at the Founders Gala 2015 on May 30, 2015. The event raised $420,000 for scholarships with 400 guests in attendance. Founders Gala 2015, held at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre, benefited the First Generation Scholarship Fund for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The amount raised is the highest from a single event in University history… more

Homecoming Highlights: Kevin Gryboski ’95 and Hotel Accommodations 
Let us know you’ll be celebrating with your Family of Colonels at Homecoming this year – October 2-4, 2015! Highlights of the weekend include our “Share the Spirit” event which celebrates school spirit at Wilkes.It will be held on Saturday, October 3, and feature special guest, Kevin Gryboski ’95. Kevin was a members of the 1995 Wilkes team that won the conference title that year and made his debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2002. Start making plans to come back to campus by booking your hotel room. A number of hotels near campus are offering special rates for Homecoming attendees, with some providing shuttle service to and from campus. Within the next month, you will receive your registration brochure with the schedule of events for this very special weekend! View the schedule now.

Griggs & King to Receive Colonel Blazers
In 1979, John Chwalek presented the first Colonel Blazer, which honors faculty, administrators, alumni and distinguished members of the community who have made significant contributions to the progress of Wilkes.  This year’s recipients are Jason Griggs ’90, trustee and faithful Wilkes supporter, and Barbara King ’80, long-time member of the administration. The blazers will be presented at the John Chwalek Golf Tournament on June 25, 2015.  Read more about the impact these individuals have made on Wilkes.

Share Your Memories of Coach Rollie Schmidt
It is with sadness that the University announces the passing of Rollie Schmidt. Coach Schmidt's service at Wilkes began in 1962; he retired in 1994. During his tenure he served numerous roles; head football coach, men's golf coach, head baseball coach and associate professor of physical education. Coach Schmidt was elected to the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2010, Schmidt Stadium was dedicated in his honor. Please share your memories of Coach Schmidt by clicking here and we will pass them along to his family.

The Wilkes Colonel is Ready for Vacation

The Colonel is ready to go with you on all of your summer adventures! Contact the alumni office to receive your own paper Colonel or print your own by clicking here. Then, take him on your summer vacation, road trip or through your everyday travels and snap a photo to send to the Alumni Office. We’ll add him to our Facebook photo album. Let’s keep the Colonel very busy this summer! 

Generous Donors, We Thank You
Thank you to our donors to Wilkes this fiscal year – all 2,866 of you! This May, nearly 400 students graduated from Wilkes as the Class of 2015. Their Wilkes experience would not have been quite as special without the generosity of donors like you. Every dollar given to student scholarships, mentoring programs, sports teams, student activities or any other area has an impact on the students. Thank you for your support! To renew your gift for the 2016 fiscal year, visit

Summer Campus Improvements
Students may be few and far between in the summer, but campus is busy with improvement projects.  The construction on the new Gateway to Campus and a face lift to the lobby of the Arnaud C. Marts Gym are in full swing. Check out photos of these enhancements by liking our Facebook page and viewing our Gateway photo album. Or, join us at Homecoming and experience campus for yourself! 

Introduce a young person to Wilkes University
Have a relative, neighbor or friend starting the college search process? Introduce him or her to your alma mater!  Wilkes University will host an open house for undergraduate students on Friday, July 17. You or the student can register here. Can’t come in July? Encourage your student to attend one of our fall open houses, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 14. You can always schedule a personal tour by calling (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4400 or clicking here. Make sure to mention that you’re an alumnus/a!

Read the Spring/Summer Issue of the Wilkes Magazine
Watch your mailbox for the spring/summer issue of the Wilkes magazine! Check out the cover story about Joe Dettmore ’76, who works as the creative director for The Daily Show, and don’t miss the feature on our alumni who impact our students as faculty members. To view the online edition of this issue, click here

Telehealth Now Available Via the Alumni Insurance Program
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, visit or call our program partner at 888-252-2242.

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.

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63rd Annual John Chwalek Open
June 25

3rd Annual Football Golf Tournament
August 3

Homecoming 2015
October 2-4

Click here and tell us you'll be there to celebrate Homecoming 2015! If you'd like to help plan your class reunion, click here and let us know.

Downs Named Women’s Soccer Graduate Assistant for 2015

Did you move, get married, start a family? Maybe you've recently started a new career or won a professional award!  Update your contact information with the alumni office. 

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