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Save-the-Date for Founders Gala 2017
Join us on June 3, for the Founders Gala during which Mr. Frank M. Henry, Chairman Emeritus of Martz Group, will be honored with the prestigious President's Medal. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities and ticket information are now available. For more information, please click here or contact Jennifer Ciarimboli at (570)408-4953 or

Bo Ryan '69 Selected to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Bo Ryan '69 is one of eight decorated former players and coaches that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The 2017 Induction Celebration, presented by Nike, will take place at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City...more

Save the Date: Dr. Jane Elmes-Crahall’s Retirement Party
Dr. Jane Elmes-Crahall, or better known by most as simply "Jane," has inspired decades of students to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. In May, Jane will be retiring after more than 30 years of teaching in the communications department at Wilkes University. Save the date for her Farewell Gathering on Saturday, May 13, at 6 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom. If you’re interested in contributing to an alumni video or if you have photos or memories of Jane that you’d like to share, please email

Join Your Former Teammates for Softball Alumni Day
Softball alumni and friends are invited to a special event on Saturday, April 29! We will recognize all softball alumni in attendance by welcoming the former players onto the field prior to the double-header vs. Manhattanville College. After the game, join the team and coaching staff in the Munson Fieldhouse for light refreshments. RSVP by emailing

Wrestling Reunion & Coach Reese's 90th Birthday Celebration
Wrestling alumni are invited to join Wilkes, former teammates, and Coach John Reese for a reunion to celebrate Coach's 90th birthday on May 6 & 7. The weekend's events include a dinner and party on Saturday evening and a brunch on Sunday morning. Registration is required by Thursday, April 6, and guests are welcome. Learn more and register here.

Share Your Special Day!
If wedding bells rang for you in the last year, please share your photos for publication in the Wilkes magazine. Please note that we don't print engagements but are happy to share your wedding photos to mark your special day up to one year after your nuptials. Email your submission to

Spring Cleaning?

While you’re doing your spring cleaning, reflect on your Wilkes memories and consider passing your memorabilia back to campus. We’ll house them in the Harold Cox Archive Room of the Farley Library. Just email the alumni office or call us at (570)408-7787 if you have Wilkes items you'd like to donate.

The Wilkes University Scholarship Luncheon recognizes student recipients, donors and representatives of more than 200 named annual and endowed scholarships. This year, the event will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom. View photos from the event in next month's issue. For more information, please contact Sue Jolley by calling (570) 408-7832 or emailing

Chuck Allabaugh ’82 has worked for his current employer for more than 25 years, and he credits Wilkes for helping get him there. When he began his career with Zodiac Printing Corporation, the lead for the job came from the Wilkes career placement office, which Chuck touts as a ‘University success.’ After quitting a job that didn't exercise his skills, he headed to the career placement office at Wilkes and said he wanted a job in sales. A Wilkes employee at the time pointed him in the direction to Zodiac Printing and he was interviewed and hired in the same day.
Pictured above: Chuck Allabaugh '82.

Chuck is now a senior account manager for Mojave Advertising, which is owned by Zodiac Printing Corporation, and he handles a dual role of both sales and account management for both Zodiac and Mojave. When Mojave was created 12 years ago, Chuck was the driving factor in creating and managing the agency. Even though he has a senior position, he is still a 'boots-on-the-ground' kind of guy. He still works in sales, going office to office and carries two sets of business cards - one to promote Mojave and one to promote Zodiac. 
He says that being organized and having a positive attitude have helped him to be successful in his multiple roles over the past 28 years. He also attributes his Wilkes education to his success. 

"At Wilkes, I focused on print making and it's a direct correlation to what I do today," says Chuck, who majored in art.. "I was a kid who knew what I wanted to be when I was younger. I wanted to work with graphic arts. Wilkes created an environment that set me on the right course. Culture has a lot to do with that and of course, the education."

As someone who works in a team environment, Chuck reminds people who are trying to advance in their career to expect to work hard, but be open to other team members and their suggestions. "You're not a lone soldier when you're on a team, you're constantly listening to people all the time," says Chuck. 

Chuck resides in Plains, Pa. and likes to travel, cook, mountain bike and practice yoga. Chuck is also an avid lover of of music and the fine arts. "Having multiple interests outside of work helps to break up the monotony of everyday life," says Chuck. 

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Kristen LaBuda
Kristen LaBuda '98 published a child...

James Godlewski
Dr. James Godlewski '74, MS '77 ...

Timothy Williams
Tim was recently appointed by the Westmo...

Garry Taroli
Garry Taroli '76 received by a forma...

Amanda Rollins
Amanda Lewis Rollins '06 married And...

Michelle Schmude
Michelle Schmude, EdD, has been accepted...

Garry Taroli
Garry Taroli '76 received the Pennsy...

Lucia Piccolino '99 is now the co-ow...

Margaret Bart
Marge Bart MBA '85 received receives...

Gary Steich
Gary Steich Jr. '06 and Michelle Ste...

Sharon Gross
Sharon Michener Gross '84 was given ...

Joseph Mina
Joe Mina '81 was recently hired as H...


On-Campus: Spring Semester 2017

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Mentoring Mixer: February 2017

The Colonel's Travels

Your gift of any size, large or small, makes a huge impact. Did you know that 90% of Wilkes undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid made possible through gifts from the Wilkes Fund? Make your gift today!

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. "Men, Women, Sex and Violence"
March 27

Softball Alumni Day
April 29

Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities ft. Anna Deavere Smith
April 30

Wrestling Reunion and Coach Reese's 90th Birthday Party
May 6-7

Spring Commencement Ceremony
May 20

Founders Gala 2017
June 3

Homecoming 2017
Save-the-Date: October 6-8

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Five Student-Athletes Named to Winter MAC Sportsmanship Teams

Five Field Hockey Student-Athletes Named to Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad

Baseball Finishes Spring Trip with 11-4 loss to Northwestern (MN)

Robinson, Evans Named Honorable Mention All-MAC Freedom

Racanelli, Chander, Tovar Named NWCA Division III Scholar All-Americans

Men’s Tennis Finishes Spring Break Trip 3-2

Women’s Tennis Finishes Spring Break Trip 5-0

Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-1 Against LBC in Program’s Home Debut

Awards Keep Rolling as Wilkes Softball’s Brown and Staunton Garner NFCA and ECAC Recognition

Balanced Scoring Lifts Men's Lacrosse Over Neumann 16-12 for Third Straight Win

Held’s Eight Goals Leads Women’s Lacrosse to 20-14 Win over Notre Dame of Maryland

Women’s Soccer Headed to Spain during Spring Break

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