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A note from Alumni Assoc. Board President, Cindy Charnetski '97
As we enter into the holiday season, I am reminded how thankful and grateful I am for the opportunity to lead our alumni community. Thank you to our alumni who have made so many projects possible at Wilkes throughout this past year.

Our family of Colonels is growing stronger each day as a result of positive recruiting efforts, excellent academic and co-curricular offerings and alumni participation projects. Dr. Leahy’s strong leadership is vital to the work the campus community has been doing to further the strategic plan, “Gateway to the Future.” The Alumni Board has been focusing on alumni engagement over the past year and we look forward to presenting you with more opportunities and ways to stay connected with your alma mater. 

As you gather with family and friends later this month, take a moment and remember that you will always have a family at Wilkes University. On behalf of the Alumni Association board of directors, thank you for the work that you do, the contributions you make and the pride you show in our alma mater. 
Best wishes for a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving! 
Cindy Charnetski ’97

Make Wilkes Your Philanthropic Choice for Giving Tuesday!
We are thankful for all of our alumni donors! Each year, you make it possible for students to receive scholarships, participate in mentoring programs and many other student activities that make the Wilkes experience special. On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, consider making Wilkes your philanthropic choice and give the gift of a Wilkes education. Make your tax-deductible gift online at or you can send a check made payable to Wilkes University to this address: Office of Advancement, 84 West South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. If you have questions, contact Lauren Pluskey ’06 MBA ’10, director of annual giving, at 570-408-4331 or

Wilkes Ranked 25th In The Nation for Economic Value By The Economist
Wilkes University is ranked 25th in the nation for economic value by the international newspaper The Economist. The ranking was announced in the publication’s first-ever college rankings. The ranking determines a college’s economic value by comparing what a school’s undergraduate alumni earn and how much they might have earned had they studied somewhere else. In Wilkes’ case, that amounts to $8,250 more in annual earnings…more 

Wilkes Earns 2016 Military Friendly Schools® Designation
Wilkes was designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. This is the sixth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses…more 

Michelini Hall Dedication held on Nov. 10
Wilkes University celebrated the legacy of its second president, Francis J. Michelini by dedicating a building in his name on Nov. 10. Francis J. Michelini Hall was dedicated in a ceremony led by President Patrick F. Leahy and attended by Michelini, now a Mechanicsburg, Pa., resident. Learn more here. Send your message of congratulations to “Dr. Mike” by emailing

Graduate Information Sessions
Prospective graduate students can learn more about Wilkes by attending one of our convenient information sessions! In December, we’ll host a session for our MBA program and for our education program. Learn more and register here

Creative Writing Program – New Format Available
Wilkes University's graduate Creative Writing program is now available in a convenient weekend format! Enjoy online learning with four weekend class sessions during each six-month semester. Apply now to start Jan. 8...more

Submit your work to East meets West, American Writers Review
East Meets West American Writers Review is a literary contest magazine for emerging and seasoned writers to add or achieve publication credits with the opportunity to win money and/or a free book. Writers can submit an essay, short story, poetry or play to our Winter 2016 edition by Nov. 30, 2015.  Enter here:

Open Enrollment is Happening Now!
Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), open enrollment runs from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016. If you need coverage or just want to explore your options for 2016, ACA-compliant policies are available to alumni and their family members via the private health insurance exchange portion of our alumni insurance program. Click here for more info:

Graduate Education Open House
December 3

MBA Open House
December 5

Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony
January 23

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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Michael Beachem
Michael T. Beachem, IV ’98 received a ce...
Donna Talarico-Beerman
Donna Talarico '00 MFA '10 prese...
Connie Lewis
Connie Lewis '60, Barbara Edwards &#...
Grayson Izard-Dann
Grayson Izard-Dann '09 married Ryan ...
Bernard Evanofski
Father Bernard Evanofski '70 recentl...
John Margo
John Margo '73 retired from Oneida H...
Andrea Ackerman
Andrea Templar Ackerman '66 retired ...
Matthew Berger
On August 3rd, Matt ’02 and Michelle Ber...
Louis Zack
Louis Zack Jr., MBA,CPA was promoted to ...
Christopher Thompson
Dr. Thompson was recently granted the Ho...
Angelo Trento
After receiving my Bachelors Degree in c...


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Seven Student-Athletes Named to Fall MAC Sportsmanship Team

No. 22 Wilkes Wrestling hosting Elizabethtown 11/20 in Dual Match Showdown

Men’s Lacrosse Sets Winter Prospect Camp for Jan. 23

Metzger, Gallagher, and Weaver Tabbed All-MAC Freedom

Surdy, Gayoski, and Kendra Named All-MAC Freedom

Women’s Soccer Falls to DeSales in MAC Freedom Championship

Benson Named All-MAC Freedom Selection

Women’s Tennis Ranked 19th in Atlantic South Region

Men’s Swimming Falls 139-42 at Arcadia

Women’s Swimming Drops 152-39 Decision at Arcadia

Women’s Cross Country Finishes Season at NCAA Mid-East Regional

Men’s Cross Country Team Concludes Season at NCAA Mid-East Regionals

Football Takes Back Mayor’s Cup with 24-17 Win at King’s

Four Colonels Score in Double-Figures as Men’s Basketball Win’s Season Opener

Softball Announces Holiday Camp Dec. 12

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