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Six Athletes to be Honored on January 23

On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Wilkes community will celebrate the outstanding achievements of the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Wilkes’ rich athletic history shines with this group of athletes. Click the name of each athlete to read more about their accomplishments. 

Tracy Engle McDonald ’97
was a four-year goalie for the field hockey team and holds the career record in shutouts. Brian Gryboski ’99 played basketball and was the anchor during the late 90’s when the team’s record was 99-17. Justine Nemshick-Yeager ’94 was a four-year starter on defense for the field hockey team and played a crucial role in two championship seasons. Brett Trichilo ’05 earned the Melberger Award twice in his career as the best player in Division III college football in 2003 and 2004. Gerry Willets ’71 starred on the undefeated 1971 Wilkes wrestling squad during his four-year career and claimed the MAC title at 167-pounds. Michelle Zawoiski ’87 was a four-year member of the letterwomen’s club, starring on the basketball court and softball field during her career at Wilkes.

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

Each February, we share the love stories of Wilkes sweethearts with the alumni community. Tell the 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 post your stories on our website and our Facebook page for Valentine's Day. This year, we are choosing one lucky couple's photo to be featured in our Valentine's Day website banner & Facebook cover photo. Submit your story by clicking here. Check out last year's sweetheart stories.

Please join us for Wilkes University’s premiere event to support first-generation students! Founders Gala 2016 will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre. We will honor Clayton '49 and Theresa Karambelas with the President’s Medal. For more information, please contact Lisa Everitt-Ensley at (570)408-4137 or

Alumni Invited to Athletic Events in 2016
Alumni, parents and friends of Wilkes Athletics are invited to various events throughout the spring semester.
- The baseball team will hold the 4th Annual Pre-Season Baseball Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 6. Support the 2016 team along with fellow alumni, current players and parents with dinner and a silent auction. Email Coach Nate Ramsey to learn more or register. 
- On Friday, Feb. 12, wrestling alumni & friends of the program are invited to join us at the match against Ithaca at 7 p.m. in the Marts Center. Let us know you'll be there.  
- The men's basketball team will hold an Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 20. Former basketball players are invited to join us for a day of events, including a game, lunch, the Wilkes vs. Kings game, and a post game reception. Learn more & register here.

Wilkes Magazine is Coming Your Way
The newest issue of the Wilkes magazine will be hitting mailboxes during the first week of February. The winter 2016 issue is packed with alumni features including a question and answer interview with Marlon James MA ’06, the 2015 winner of the Man Booker Prize. In addition, Vilma Schifano-Milmoe ’76 talks about her career in emergency management and Jason Marie ’00 discusses how he gives back to Wilkes through mentoring and spending time with students. 

Spotlight on Scholarships
Shelby Petro of Catawissa, Pa., a junior psychology major, is the first recipient of the Kathy Price Kautter ’72 Scholarship. Petro is a research assistant to Dr. Ellen Newell, assistant professor of psychology, and is a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. She has been on the dean’s list since the fall of 2013 and currently has a GPA of 4.0...more

Wilkes Internship Program has Premier Placement
Vault, a career-building company, recently compiled a list of the 15 most prestigious companies for which to intern. This list was based on a survey of current and former interns and the Wilkes internship office has placed interns at 9 of the 15 companies. View the rankings by clicking here.

MEDUCA Bilingual Panama Program
Wilkes has been selected to work on the Panama Bilingual Program, which aims to strengthen the study of the English language in the Panamanian educational system. The goal is to prepare the population with English, so all Panamanians have access to work opportunities and be more competitive in the globalized world. The first cohort of Panamanian teachers arrived on campus in early January for intensive coursework, PK-12 site visits and cultural immersion. To view photos from their visit, click 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, Jan. 23. You or the student can register at Can’t come in January? 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!

Performing Arts Announces 2016 Schedule
This semester, the department of performing arts will host two shows: "DOGFIGHT the Musical" on Feb. 19 and Feb. 21 and "TWELFTH NIGHT or What You Will" on April 14-18...more



The Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University has a variety of events this semester. The FBA welcomes Chuck Cohen from Benco Dental Company and Dr. John Park from  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP on Tuesday, Feb. 9. This breakfast seminar will focus on strategic planning for businesses. This event is free & open to the public. Learn more & register here.

Sign up your child or grandchild for the Colonel's Kids Club. They will recieve a birthday card from the Colonel each year! Sign up today.

Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony
January 23 

Baseball Diamond Dinner
Save the Date - February 6

Wresting Alumni Night
February 12

Men's Basketball Alumni Day
February 20

Baseball Alumni Day
Save the Date - April 2

Softball Alumni Appreciation Day
Save the Date - April 23

Founders Gala 2016
June 4

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