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Homecoming 2016 is just two weeks away!
We can’t wait to celebrate with you and your family of Colonels. If you haven’t registered for Homecoming yet, do so by clicking here
- Online registration closes on September 28, so make sure you and your classmates register as soon as possible. Save $5 on the Tailgate Tent, score your welcome back gift and receive a printed name tag and lanyard when you pre-register!
- Check out the attendee list to see which of your classmates, teammates, coaches and professors have already registered to come back to campus.
- We will send an email to the who have pre-registered for events a few days prior to Homecoming with frequently asked questions, directions, etc. 

Spotlight on the Twist & Stout Downtown Bar Tour
This year's Bar Tour is going to be a whole pint of fun. We're kicking-off the Bar Tour on campus with food and drinks inside of the RAC in the University Center on Main. Then, we'll travel down Main Street to Bottleneck's and Rodano's for a fun night out downtown! Purchase your tickets now so you don’t miss any Homecoming fun this fall.

Colonels Corner at the Tailgate Tent

This year, at the Tailgate Tent on Saturday, Oct. 1, we are hosting the Colonel's Corner where Wilkes clubs and organizations will provide displays and offer kid-friendly activities. We'll also have a bounce house and face-painting for our future Colonels! Register your family of Colonels by clicking here.

Get Your Wilkes Amnicola During Homecoming Weekend
The Farley Library will be selling extra copies of the Wilkes Amnicola during Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 30 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Proceeds will directly benefit the Library’s yearbook digitization project, which will make all of the yearbooks available online for the Wilkes community to view at any time. Although not every yearbook will be available, you can select the issue of your choice for a donation of $10 per yearbook (special Homecoming rate) or more. For questions, call the Farley Library at (570) 408-2012 or email

Ring-ring! Wilkes is Calling...
Student Phon-a-thon workers are beginning to make calls to tell you how you can support the great things happening on campus. So, next time you receive a call from Wilkes, pick up, say hello, learn about what's happening on campus and consider making a gift in support of a person, place or project that is important to you. Don't forget, you can make a gift anytime online at

Ancestral Colonel to be Awarded at Homecoming
The 2016 Ancestral Colonel Award will be presented to Michael DeVincentis '75 during Homecoming weekend. Michael is a member of the A-List and each year, he helps to bring more than 60 alumni back to campus for Homecoming. While at Wilkes, he was a double major in history and sociology. He is currently an electrical contractor and resides in Pequannock, NJ. The award, which recognizes accomplished alumni and friends who have achieved personal and professional excellence, will be given out on Saturday at halftime of the Homecoming football game at Schmidt Stadium in the Ralston Athletic Complex… more 

Get Outside and Get Involved: ON Campus Challenge 2016
The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is a 6-week (Sept. 4-Oct. 15) competition among universities and colleges in the U.S. to be the Most Outdoorsy School in America. Wilkes will be challenging 90 other schools this year and we believe that we can win with the help of our alumni. Last year was our first year competing in the challenge and we placed 4th among 57 schools! It's easy to get involved. Sign up and encourage friends, family and neighbors to do as well. Go outside for a walk, run, hike, bird-watch, gardening project, bike, etc. for 30 minutes or more and take pictures of whoever is participating. Then, log-on to the site and enter your activities. Registration begins Aug. 22 and you can learn more here. There is an app available for download on iTunes and the Google App Store.

TREC Award Winners Announced
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Teacher Recognition & Effectiveness Committee (TREC) announced its award winners for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Congratulations to the following winners:
Carpenter Award: Jeff Stratford, biology
Innovative & Non-Traditional Award: Tom Hamill, English
Interdisciplinary Teaching Award: Del Lucent, physics; Adam VanWert, pharmaceutical sciences; Will Terzaghi, biology
Outstanding New Faculty Award: Abas Sabouni, electrical engineering
Alumni Mentoring Award: Jennifer Malinowski, pharmacy practice
Academic Support Award: Brian Sacolic, library
Outstanding Advisor Award: Mary Beth Mullen, student affairs; Julie Olenak, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy; Will Terzaghi, biology; Andrew Wilczak, sociology/anthropology; Marianne Rexer, Sidhu School of Business
Congratulations to all of the award winners. If you're attending Homecoming, congratulate these faculty and staff members when you see them on campus. 
Wilkes University Annual Campaign Begins This Month
Watch your mailboxes for an important message from Cindy Charnetski '97, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, about giving back to the programs that matter most to you at Wilkes...more

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Admissions Open House
September 17

Homecoming 2016

September 30-October 2

Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Lt. Col. Allen West

October 5

Pharmacy Care Lab Dedication
Save the Date - October 22

Empty Bowls
October 23

Visit for the latest athletics news!

Surdy, Tredinnick, Murray Named MAC Freedom Players of the Week

Wilkes University Adding Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey as Varsity Sports; Forms Affiliation with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins


Women’s Golf Falls 5-0 in Match Play

 Men's Golfers Open Fall Season Third at Scranton Tri-Match

Women’s Soccer Featured on “The John Mendola Show”

Surdy's Two Goals Lift Wilkes Field Hockey Over Moravian 2-1

Football Upended in MAC Opener at LVC 38-20

 Men's Tennis Opens Fall Season with Pair of Wins

 Women's Tennis Begins Fall Campaign Going 2-0

 Men’s Soccer Falls 3-2 in Overtime to Moravian

Women’s Volleyball Goes 1-1 at Keystone Tri-Match

Women's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at Dutchmen Invitational

Men’s Cross Country Takes Fifth at Dutchmen Invitational

Softball Announces Columbus Day Defense & Hitting Camps

Women’s Lacrosse Set to Host 2016 ID Clinic

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