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Wilkes University continued its commitment to educate first-generation college students at the Founders Gala 2016 on June 4, 2016. The event raised $360,000 for scholarships with nearly 400 guests in attendance. Clayton '49 and Theresa Karambelas, who are residents of Kingston, Pa., were presented with the University’s Presidents Medal. Wilkes also unveiled plans for the Clayton and Theresa Karambelas Media Center, which will house its communication studies program...more

Let us know you’ll be returning to campus this year to celebrate Homecoming – September 30-October 2, 2016! This year, we've revamped some of our most popular events including Pints with Professors and the Twist & Stout Downtown Bar Tour. Start making plans to come back to campus by booking your hotel room. A number of hotels near campus are offering special rates for Homecoming attendees, with some providing shuttle service to and from campus. Within the next month, you will receive your registration brochure for this very special weekend. View the schedule to learn more.

Six to Receive Colonel Blazers
In 1979, John Chwalek presented the first Colonel Blazer, which honors faculty, administrators, alumni and distinguished members of the community who have made significant contributions to the progress of Wilkes. This year’s recipients are ​Dr. Paul '77, MS '82 & Jean (Reiter) Adams '78, Cindy Charnetski, O.D. '97, Dr. Jonathan Ference, PharmD '03, Heidi (Selecky) Jarecki and Eddie Day Pashinski '67. The blazers will be presented at the John Chwalek Golf Tournament on June 23, 2016. Read more about the impact these individuals have made at Wilkes. 

Read the Next Issue of the Wilkes Magazine
Watch your mailbox for the spring/summer issue of the Wilkes magazine! Check out the cover story about Wilkes' Panama Initiative - Panama has already sent two cohorts of students to Wilkes. Don't miss features on Michael DeVincentis '75, Sandy Long '86, Brian Nalesnik '90 & other alumni. View past issues of the Wilkes magazine by clicking here.

The Wilkes Colonel is Ready for Vacation
The Colonel is ready to go with you on all of your summer adventures! Contact the alumni office to receive your own paper Colonel or print your own by clicking here. Then, take him on your summer vacation, road trip or through your everyday travels and snap a photo to send to the Alumni Office. We’ll add him to our Facebook photo album. Let’s keep the Colonel very busy this summer! 

Generous Donors, We Thank You
Thank you to our donors to Wilkes this fiscal year – all 2,994 of you! This May, Wilkes University conferred more than 700 degrees. The Wilkes student experience would not have been quite as special without the generosity of donors like you. Every dollar given to student scholarships, mentoring programs, sports teams, student activities or any other area has an impact on the students. Thank you for your support! To renew your gift for the 2017 fiscal year, visit

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 Friday, July 15. You or the student can register here. Can’t come in July? Encourage your student to attend one of our fall open houses, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 12. You can always schedule a personal tour 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.

John Lack
John Lack ’78, published his second work...
Lisa Dreier
Dean Anthony Clossen was born November 2...
John Bednarz
Attorney John A. Bednarz, Jr. MA '06...
Jason Woloski
Jason R. Woloski, M.D., class of 2010, w...
Daniel Cook
Daniel P. Cook, PE '05 graduated fro...
Karen Cowan
Karen Bednarczyk Cowan '96 and husba...
Ronald Rittenmeyer
Ron Rittenmeyer '72 was named Chairm...
William Schmidt
While Bill Schmidt '64 was on a crui...
Gerald Missal
Gerry Missal '68 will be walking on ...
Patricia Keightley
Patricia Keating Keightley '73 and h...
Richard Cantner
On 1 April, 2016 I was assigned the duty...
Jonathan Perloff
Jonny Perloff '94 works for Globus M...

64th Annual John Chwalek Open
June 23

4th Annual Football Golf Tournament

August 5

Homecoming 2016

September 30-October 2

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Wilkes Swimmers Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Team Honors

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