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Thank you to everyone who voted in this year's Homecoming t-shirt contest! We will all be sporting our collegiate design at this year's Homecoming. You can purchase one of these limited-edition tees for $12 on the Homecoming registration form and also during the weekend of Homecoming. Quantities are limited, so get yours now and we'll include it with your welcome bag at the first event for which you've registered.

- You can register online now to celebrate with your Wilkes family at Homecoming 2017: October 6-8. Weekend highlights include three new events: the All Reunion Party, Breakfast with the President and the Saturday Night Reunion; and old favorites: Pints with Professors and the Tailgate Tent. View the schedule and purchase your tickets now so you don’t miss any Homecoming fun this fall.

- During Homecoming weekend, President Patrick F. Leahy is hosting a breakfast to share his exciting plans for the future of Wilkes University. Over the course of a year, so many strategic changes have been made to campus to better enhance the student experience. You may register for this event by visiting This Saturday morning gathering includes a full, hot breakfast buffet.

- We've secured blocks of rooms at a number of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. hotels, and they are filling up fast. These blocks expire on Friday, Sept. 1, so make sure to book yours today. View the hotel listing and contact information....more

Upward Bound Program Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

The Upward Bound program at Wilkes celebrated 50 years of helping Luzerne County high school students achieve academic success. A $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education – the largest in the program's history at Wilkes – will ensure the program continues its mission for the next five years...more

Celebrate the Dedication of the Karambelas Media & Communication Center
Join the Wilkes University campus community on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the dedication of the Clayton & Theresa Karambelas Media & Communication Center. Tours of the new facility will follow the dedication. Questions? Contact Bridget Giunta by emailing or calling (570)408-4134.

Get Outside and Get Involved: ON Campus Challenge 2017
The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is a 4-week (Sept. 18-Oct. 15) competition among universities and colleges in the U.S. to be the Most Outdoorsy School in America. Wilkes will be challenging more than 90 other schools this year and we believe that we can win with the help of our alumni. Wilkes has been participating in this competition for two consecutive years. It's so 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 is open and you can learn more by visiting There is an app available for download on iTunes and the Google App Store.

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, Sept. 21. You or the student can learn more here. Can’t come in September? Encourage your student to attend our Nov. 18 open house. 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!

Take the Colonel on Vacation!
The summer may be winding down, but the Colonel is still ready to travel! 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, which features more than 200 photos from around the world. If you would like to bring the Colonel on your vacation, contact the alumni office at or (570)408-7787 and we’ll send him to you. We’ll share your photos on our Facebook page.

Golf Tournament to be Held for Alumnus
On Saturday, Sept. 19, the sixth annual John Anthony "Beno" Borzell Golf Tournament will be held at Emanon Country Club in Falls, Pa. in memory of John "Beno" Borzell '11. The golf tournament supports students at Wilkes Univeristy, as well as students from John's high school, Wyoming Area, Exeter, Pa. For more information or to register, download the registration form or call Jack Borzell at 570-885-3652.

Alumni and Friends Gather to Honor Don Shaw 
On July 8, alumni gathered to golf in the first annual Don J. Shaw Memorial Golf Tournament. Don passed away on Oct. 27, 2016 from a rare form of cancer. The tournament, which made more than $14,000 in its' first year, will benefit 2 one-year, non-renewable, scholarships to 2 qualified high school senior students each year. There were 47 foursomes in the tournament, which totaled 188 golfers. Follow the Facebook page and save the date for next year - July 7, 2018...more

Pictured above: Wilkes alumni at the Don J. Shaw Memorial Golf Tournament on July 7, 2017.


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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View our Homecoming 2017 Photo Galleries on Facebook! Throughout the summer, we've added photo galleries for all of our class reunions (2s and 7s). Make sure to tag yourselves and share with your classmates. Follow our page to stay updated!






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Homecoming 2017
October 6-8

Field Hockey Alumni Day
October 14

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Tennis Teams Earn ITA All-Academic Honors

Armstrong Named Second Team Preseason All-American

Baldwin Joins Wilkes Women’s Soccer Staff as Graduate Assistant
Women’s Soccer Hosting Free Youth Girls’ Soccer Clinic

Wilkes University Announces Delay in Start of Women's Ice Hockey Program

Wrestling Announces 2017-18 Schedule; Feldman, Rea Join Colonels Staff

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