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Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who returned to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2016! More than 1,000 alumni, friends and faculty members joined in the weekend fun.

Please complete a survey whether you did or did not attend Homecoming - we'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts. Homecoming 2016 photos are ready to view and download - click here!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Homecoming 2017: October 6-8, 2017.

Happy 291st Birthday, John Wilkes! Without you, we wouldn't have our school's namesake. We also wouldn't have our beloved John Wilkes statue, where two alumni, Tara Kennedy '11 and Jonathan Wilbur '11 (pictured above) were recently engaged! Congratulations to this Colonel couple! The statue has been a central campus location since it was unveiled in 1995.

President Leahy Announces $3.5 Million South Campus Gateway Project
The South Campus Gateway will make the campus safer and more attractive, increasing Wilkes’ unique appeal as a university that offers programs comparable to a large, research university in the mentoring culture of a small, liberal arts college. The three-part project includes improvements and additions that will transform Wilkes and the streets bordering it into a park-like campus in the heart of the City of Wilkes-Barre...more 

Pharmacy Care Lab Dedication
The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy invites alumni and friends of the program celebrate the dedication of the Pharmacy Care Lab at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The event, which includes a ceremony and reception, is complimentary and will take place at the CVS Care Lab in Stark Learning Center.  RSVP online or call 570-408-7787.

Earn Your a Passport to Science
Youngsters in grades 4 through 10 can become scientists for the day at Passport to Science. Wilkes University will hold this community open house at the Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The science center is located at 140 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre. Adults and children can join Wilkes faculty, staff and students in conducting interactive laboratory projects and observing demonstrations. Labs will begin every 30 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. The event is free and pre-registration is encouraged and is required for groups of 8 or more. Complimentary parking is available behind the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. Register online.

Wilkes University Offers New Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology
Wilkes University’s College of Science and Engineering recently announced a new undergraduate bachelor of science degree in geology. Regional consulting firms have expressed interest in hiring locally trained geologists, said Sid Halsor, chair of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics echoes the demand, noting that employment of geoscientists, a category that includes geologists, is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Education Celebration to Honor Three Alumni
Join us on campus Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the third annual Celebration of Education at Wilkes! Wilkes education alumni, faculty, staff and students from the Wilkes School of Education, as well as fellow educators, will attend this special event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks with friends while honoring the following Wilkes alumni for their outstanding contributions on campus and in our community:
Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award Recipients: Dr. Jillian Mullen EdD ’16 & Dr. Dawn Sutton ’74, EdD ’16
Educator of the Year Award Recipient: Kevin Sickle '03, MS '09
Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships for education students. Register and donate here

Join us for Empty Bowls
Wilkes University, King's College, Luzerne County Community College and Wyoming Seminary invite you to enjoy a hot bowl of soup while raising money for area food banks at Empty Bowls on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.  Plus, you'll receive a handmade pottery bowl created especially for the event by one of our talented local artists, including Wilkes pottery instructor Jean Reiter Adams '78. Register here.

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 Saturday, Nov. 12. You or the student can learn more by visiting You can always schedule a personal tour with a prospective student by calling (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4400 or clicking here. Make sure to mention that you’re an alumnus/a!

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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William Dodge
Bill Dodge ’83, received his Phd in Biol...
Jeanine Albert
Jeanine Albert MS '15 is an adult nu...
Andrea Powell
Andrea Kinal Powell '06 is now the e...
David Jolley
David A. Jolley, APR, ’78, recently earn...
Gennaro Zangardi
Gennaro Zangardi '09, MS '11 and...
John Bednarz
Kalen Churcher
Dr. Kalen Churcher '97, of Plymouth,...
Christine Baksi
Christine Tondrick Baksi '98 is now ...
Ronald Metcho
Ronald M. Metcho, Esq. has been appointe...
Andrew Amoroso
Drew Amoroso '06 began his own law f...
James Jenkins
Jim '65 and Leslie '65 Jenkins c...

Pharmacy Care Lab Dedication
October 22

Empty Bowls
October 23

Passport to Science
November 5

A Celebration of Education at Wilkes
November 9

Admissions Open House
November 12

Grapple at the Garden
November 27

Visit for the latest athletics news!

Relentless Positivity helps DeFrancesco Triumph over Cancer

Wilkes Women’s Golf Drops 5-0 Decision in Match Play to Scranton

 Golf Finishes Third in Home Tri-Match; Anderson Takes Home Medalist Honors

D. Connor Scores Twice as Wilkes Women’s Soccer Defeats King’s 2-1

Second Half Goal Lifts Widener Over Wilkes Field Hockey 2-1

Wilkes Football Game Notes vs. Delaware Valley

Men’s Tennis Claims 10 MAC Men’s Tennis Individual Titles

 Women’s Tennis Concludes Play at Bloomsburg Open

Late Goal Lifts King’s Past Wilkes Men’s Soccer 1-0

Women’s Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision at DeSales

Jones Sets Program Record for Women’s Cross Country at DeSales Invitiational

Balbuena Breaks Program-Record for Wilkes Men’s Cross Country at DeSales Invitational

Wilkes Women’s Swimming Wins Five Events in 102-85 Defeat at William Paterson

Wilkes Men’s Swimming Upended at William Paterson 115-85

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