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Five Athletes to be Honored on February 7
On Saturday, February 7, the Wilkes community will celebrate the outstanding achievements of the 22nd class of Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. The variety of Wilkes’ athletic history shines with this group of inductees. Click the name of each athlete to read more about their accomplishments. 

Ron Fritts ’72
was a two-time MAC Champion wrestler at 190-pounds and won the titles in 1970 and 1971. David Kashchak Jr. ’94 was a two-time All-MAC and 1993 All-ECAC baseball player for the Colonels. Dave Macedo ’96 was a four-year starting point guard for Wilkes basketball, having won two league championships and making two NCAA Elite 8 appearances in 1995 and 1996. As an accomplished swimmer, Richard Marchant ’76 was a four year letter winner and captain for two years. Pam Snyder ’81 was a standout field hockey player and a four year letter winner, who received numerous all-MAC honors. Holly Shiber Sowick ’03 will be inducted for her outstanding performance as a midfielder on the women’s soccer team. She was named to the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region third team in 2002.

Join us in celebrating these athletic achievements with a ceremony in the Marts Gym. Register here.

The Alumni Website has a New Look
Next time you type in to register for a Wilkes alumni event, update your contact information or find out the latest news from campus, you may be surprised to see the new redesign of our website. The new site features a more modern look and streamlined navigation, making it easier to find your favorite content. If you have any questions or if you want to tell us what you think of the new website, be sure to email us at Take a look around by clicking here - we’re sure you’ll love it!

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. Coach John Reese will be the honorary tournament director and Art Trovei, member of the 1974 Wilkes DIII championship team, will represent this group in the parade of All-Americans prior to the championship match.  The deadline to purchase tickets to the championships and pre-match party at Troegs Brewing Co. is Tuesday, January 20 – purchase yours now!
(Not a wrestling alumnus?  We’re having another event at Troegs on March 14 just for you!  Learn more.)

Tell us Your Wilkes Sweetheart Story 

Each January, we ask Wilkes sweethearts to share their love stories with the Wilkes community. Tell the Wilkes alumni office the story of how you fell in love at Wilkes. If you’ve submitted your sweetheart story in the past, give us an update or share a photo. We'll share your stories on our website and our Facebook page for Valentine's Day - submit here
We’re also 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!

Wilkes in Mesa Graduates First MBA Class
On January 13, Wilkes University awarded its first master of business administration degrees to three students at the Mesa Arts Center: Jamie McWilliams MBA ’15, Erica Roca ’09, MBA ’15 and Kelly Rogers MBA ’15Kristine Pruett '99, MS '06, EdD '15 welcomed the graduates as new members of the alumni community…more

Celebrate Wilkes Baseball

Join Wilkes baseball at our third annual Diamond Dinner, where you’ll mingle with current players, parents, and alumni on Sunday, February 8. You'll reconnect with former teammates and support the current players while listening to this year's speaker, Hall-of-Famer Dave Kaschak, Sr. '71, MS '81. His son, Dave Kaschak Jr. ’94, will be inducted into Wilkes’ Athletics Hall of Fame on February 7, making the pair the first father and son to be a part of this prestigious group of athletes...more

Scientists Head North of Arctic Circle for Research
A $1 million grant will allow a team from Wilkes to head north of the Arctic Circle at the Toolik Lake Field Station during the summer months. Dr. Ned Fetcher, scientist and coordinator of the Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability at Wilkes University, is the principal investigator on this research team.…more

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.

Review Your Life Insurance Plan Today
If you haven’t reviewed your life insurance needs in a while, the New Year is a good time to do so. A variety of life insurance plans are available to Wilkes alumni, with lots of choices to suit your needs. To learn more about group term life insurance, click here or call our alumni insurance program administrator, Meyer and Associates, at 800-635-7801.

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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Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
February 7

3rd Annual Baseball Diamond Dinner
February 8

Women's Basketball Alumni Game
February 14

Wrestling Alumni Event: Hershey, PA
March 14

Hershey, PA Alumni Gathering at Tröegs
March 14

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